This has been a real uphill push and our fundraising goals have fallen short. It is hard to inspire people to want to get behind "just another cancer charity" but I haven't let that stop me. Believe me when I tell you, the people we have already been able to reach out to are so touched, and so grateful.
There are some services that we are able to provide with very little funding so we are jumping in head first to help out where we can. Right now I spend every spare minute (that isn't spent working, cooking and loving my two girls) pumping liters full of love into the veins of the Whole Lotta Life Foundation.
You see, I remember what it felt like to be told at 26 that I had cancer. I looked over at my beautiful baby, 10 weeks old, and thought, 'It just can't be, I am still needed here, I'm too busy to have cancer.' And I still remember how my heart broke as I picked up the phone and over and over comforted the person on the other end of the line as they cried about the unfairness of my situation. "Don't worry, I'm going to be okay, I'm going to fight". What I couldn't say was "I don't know what my future holds...and I'm scared".
I wanted desperately to find another young person who had faced the same diagnosis, I wanted that friend more than anything, because although I had so many people crowded around me, I had never felt more alone.
Your donations and your support, means that NO other young New Zealand ever needs to feel like that again. This is what drives me to jump on the computer and put in 15 minutes before we all jump in the car and go to work/school. This is what drives me to spend my evenings, right after my beautiful girls are tucked into bed, building this charitable trust and reaching out with all my heart to help.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your support. We are so grateful and we will continue to build this trust out of love and elbow grease!