Lung Leavin’ Day

Lung Leavin' Day 2014

Some of you know that my aunt fought a battle with cancer a few years ago, but what you may not know is that although she went into remission, she is once again fighting this battle along with another family member and a very dear friend of mine who found a lump in her throat several months ago.  It’s not something I write much about, because the truth is I just don’t know what to say.  Sometimes I don’t even know what to pray.  But today I received the following email and am honored to share…

Hey Rina,

My name is Cameron Von St. James and I am reaching out to you today because I would like to share something special with you. I found your blog while searching for people who’ve posted about fear. I noticed that you’ve done so and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help me with a cause that means a lot to me!

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. She had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born. On February 2nd, we celebrated 8 years of Heather being cancer free.

The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire. We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life!

This year, we asked bloggers to participate and spread the word about LungLeavin’ Day. We created an interactive page (mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday) that tells the full story of our special day. Although the day has passed, we hope you will still check it out and share it on your blog. It would mean so much to Heather and I. Let me know what you think.

Thank you so much,

Cameron Von St. James

I am happy to share Heather’s story here.  To say I admire the courage of those who have been through this horrible disease is a severe understatement.  I have stood back in awe as I’ve watched loved ones around me fight back with courage and grace and a smile on their faces.  You all inspire me every single day and I love you more than words can say!

If you feel led to help in any way, you can visit Heather Von St. James’s website Here (donations can be taken here) and my Aunt Lisa’s favorite organization Here and my friend Amy’s blog Here.

My friend Amy doesn’t have a “donate” page on her website, but if you feel to help her and her family in any way, you can donate by using the option below.*  Every little bit is a HUGE help, and greatly, greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

*Update.  I just discovered that paypal charges over THIRTY percent for payments made through their “donate” button, and for some reason I’m not able to set it up on paypal any differently.  I’m going to keep working on this, but in the meantime if you feel led to help, she can accept donations on paypal through her email address jessupfamily13 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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