Last week, I was invited to attend the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Concord’s Appreciation Reception graciously held at the Orr & Reno office in downtown Concord, New Hampshire. It was a pleasure to be part of the event filled with happiness, smiles, and positive energy. I thought in this case I would let a couple of people involved in Making Strides share their thoughts. You can see more photos from the event here.
An excerpt of the words Donna Wilbur, Volunteer Event Chair, shared that evening:
So Concord – we have much to celebrate tonight because you did it again!!! For the 8th consecutive year – Concord NH has raised over ½ million dollars. Making Strides gives us the power to make a difference in the fight to end cancer and here in Concord our community came together, took action and raised over $559,446 for the American Cancer Society.
We know that behind every dollar raised there is a person and a personal story – and the hope, inspiration and that extraordinary spirit of Concord’s powerful Making Strides touched every heart on that beautiful Pink Memorial Field.
Thank you to all of you here in this room because your commitment, your passion – your time and your talents – it is YOU that helped make this happen.
Kimberly Laro, Director of Publicity:
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Concord’s Appreciation Reception is a chance for our Committee, Corporate Sponsors and In-Kind Donors, Pacesetters and Volunteers to come together and reflect on the fundraising successes of the Making Strides Season. Our volunteers work so hard in the months leading up to the event, with the common goal to make a difference in the lives of those touch by breast cancer, and all cancers. The money raised at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer allows the American Cancer Society to fund critical research and programs and patients services to help people through their cancer journey.
Making Strides is a vehicle to heal the heart, to celebrate life and the remember those we have lost to this disease. As a community we came together to support one another and make a real difference in the fight against breast cancer. People are so giving of their time, their talents and their resources because they care, because they can and because they want to make a difference. The reception really is the one time that we come together and for just a couple of hours try to just be in the moment and reflect on all that we have achieved together.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead, anthropologist