Friday, March 12, 2010

Cards For Cancer

When I was hospitalized for breast cancer surgery one of the things that helped lift my spirits were the cards I received from friends and family. It may seem small to some but for me it brightened my day. I felt scared, alone, and sad. Reading my cards helped me get through those long and frightening days.

So today I want to tell you about a great organization called Spirit Jump and their First Annual Cards For Cancer Day. Spirit Jump is a non profit founded by Meghan Edelstein a cervical cancer survivor. Its mission is "to provide hope and comfort to the many men, women, and children battling cancer." The way they do this is by sending cards and gifts to those going through cancer treatment.

On April 10, 2010 they will be delivering bags of cards to cancer centers all over the world which will be handed out to those battling cancer. What a great idea right?! For more info on how you can participate in this great event head on over to . The cards can be handmade or store bought. Their goal is to deliver 100,000 cards. If you are not able to participate please consider making a donation.

Did a card brighten your day when you battled an illness? What is it about such a simple gesture that can make all the difference? Are you already a supporter of Spirit Jump?


Meaghan said...

Thank you so much for writing this post! I know it will help us get more people to make and collect cards to be delivered to cancer institutes :)


jaime said...

When a mentor of mine was dx'd with stage IIIC triple-negative breast cancer, I was devastated. I didn't know what I could do, so every other week, when she had her chemo, I'd send her a card and a mix cd for her to listen to. I still felt like I wasn't doing "enough." After her tx ended, she told me that I was one of the few people who sent things continuously through tx. Most people send cards at the beginning, and then nothing....which I don't really understand, but she said that seemed to be the norm. She told me that those little things were things she looked forward to, and when I told her I wished I could have done more, she said I had no idea how much I did. I never saw it like that, and it opened up my eyes. This kind of thing is sooo important!! Especially throughout tx and recovery!