Take Advantage of the Season of Giving to Build Up Cervivor

Use the “Season of Giving” to do some fundraising for Cervivor so we can keep up our good work. Did you know that about 25% of all annual giving in the U.S. occurs during the last three months of the year? We’ve all no doubt received the end-of-year appeals letters from local and national nonprofits. Our fundraising work may be smaller but is much more personal because of the stories are ours. The community is ours. Want to help fundraise but not sure how? Here are a few starting suggestions. Please reach out to us at info@cervivor.org and we can help you brainstorm and plan.

  • Donate yourself, then ask for a match. Donate to Cervivor and ask your employer to match. Post info about your donation on Facebook/Instagram, say why you gave and encourage your friends to match, with a link to our donation page.
  • Start a Facebook fundraiserFacebook’s fundraiser makes it easy to select a beneficiary (Cervivor!) and kick off a social media fundraising campaign. Share why Cervivor is important to you. Make a “Christmas with a Difference” or “All I Want for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) is for Cervical Cancer to be Eliminated” fundraiser. Let us know what creative ideas you have! Share a link and we’ll promote your fundraiser in our blog or newsletter.
  • Take advantage of Giving Tuesday by donating or asking others to donate: On the heels of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) is a global day of giving is fueled by the power of social media. It’s a great opportunity to donate to Cervivor and to help raise money for Cervivor. Last year we raised more than $10,000 for Cervivor on this one day. Help us keep up the momentum. Each donation helps us grow our outreach, activities and advocacy. 
  • If you’re shopping on Amazon for the holidays, sign up for Amazon Smile and select Cervivor as your charity of choice. We get a contribution from Amazon each time you shop, all year long, so you can feel even better about buying presents for your family…or yourself!
  • Host a Friendsgiving: Are you more an IRL (in real life) person than a social media person? Convene your friends for a “Cervivor Friendsgiving” meal. Share what you are grateful for. Share your Cervivor story and educate about prevention. Ask friends to donate to Cervivor, or to come to the dinner with $10, $20, $50 or whatever makes sense. Cervivor is about the power of community of women there to support each other – not so different from your own community of friends. Tie the two together. 

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season ahead. Big meals. Cooking. Shopping. Turkey Day. Christmas. Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. New Year’s Eve. All of this then leads to our favorite month of the year: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January – which rolls around when we are all barely coming up for air from the holidays. So now is the time to get started. We hope these holiday action steps for our community are helpful. We are so appreciative of your support.

Bringing in a New Year: Resolutions to Reflections

Like so many, I was quick to make resolutions each New Year. That is before cancer. Things like losing weight, taking vacations, were big on my list. But after cancer, or in my case, during cancer, I just couldn’t jump on the resolution bandwagon.

When you’re in the throws of cancer, you’re just trying to get to the next day. You think, let’s hope I don’t puke today or that maybe I’ll be able to get out of bed to take a shower. The thought of the next twelve months scares the crap out of you and setting expectations just feels like a recipe for failure.

While I was trying to get to the next day, I started to become very aware of the ‘gifts’ the universe or whatever was giving me. Like watching an amazing sunset so intense it brought tears to my eyes. On a good day, hiking amongst the largest and most beautiful trees I’d ever seen. Or being able to spend an afternoon with my nieces, playing make-believe super heroes.

I realized that these gloriously fleeting moments, is what made up my entire year. These were the things I would call upon from my chemo-ridden memory banks to pull me up from the darkest depths when I could not face the world.

I wasn’t the cancer survivor/patient filling my year with running marathons or walking along the Great Wall of China, but I was doing my best to embrace what makes me happiest and slowing down to take in every second.

It suddenly became so clear. Forget resolutions, I decided to create a “Top Ten Moments” list at the end of each year. Reflecting instead of being resolute. Reflection by definition means we consider an idea or purpose. My purpose is to live in the moment and the idea is to do it as much on my terms as possible.

Your top moments this year might be something grand like the moment you heard the words “No evidence of disease” or completing a “Living Life List” item. Perhaps your moments are full of those ‘gifts’ I mentioned or maybe it’s a combination of both. Time has a way of moving forward, with or without us so why not reflect on what the year brought us, good and bad.

Find out more about Cervivor Ambassador Carol’s story:  https://cervivor.org/stories/carol/