The American Cancer Society is holding a confernece in Reno on September 7th and 8th. Amy and Karen Hushagen were both invited because they are the Stanwood-Camano Relay for Life Co-Chairs for next year. I was also invited because I was one of the top fundraisers in our region. At first I declined the invitation because it is the first Friday of the new school year for me. I didnt think it was right to miss a day of school the first week. Then about two weeks ago Amy and I got "the email" that changed my thinking on this matter. It was from Amy Terich (from the American Cancer Society). She said that the ACS was asking that Amy and I tell "our story" at the regional conference in Reno. At first I thought she meant she wanted us to break into little groups and share our story with a couple of people. That is not quite what they had in mind... When the conference opens on Friday morning (September 7th) it will be opening with Amy and I speaking in front of 1,400 people. We will be telling the story of our family's battle, showing a slide show and inspiring others to find a way to get involved. Although we are both a bit nervous about this kind of public speaking we know everyone in the room is there for the same reason... to find a cure for cancer. That helps a little. Since receiving the email I have spoken with my Principal and he and the rest of my teaching staff fully supports this decision and have encouaged me to go. I wanted to share this exciting (but a bit scary) news with you dedicated blog-readers before I forgot.
I love you more than all the butterflies that I will have in my belly on September 7th-