30th Birthday for a Cure

$14,371 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 87 people in 28 months
Jen Stitt
for Dana Farber Cancer Institute
 COLLEGEVILLE, PA
If you read nothing beyond this first paragraph - here's the jist - I'm turned 30 on August 29th and instead of cakes, cards, and presents, I just want to raise a %&$#?@!-ton of money to donate to cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. If you can't donate today, please honor my birthday wish and SHARE my campaign so perhaps it can reach others who might be able to help make a difference.

I posted the unedited version of this image on my Instagram page (@manyanga829) on February 26, 2016 - a little over a month after I learned news that would change my life forever. My husband bought me this shirt because he knew it would sum up my feelings of the dreaded "c" word and the whole predicament it put my family in for 2016.



I posted it with no explanation, no description because what is there to say? I offer my explanation now, during the month I turn 30.

Cancer has shaken my family to the core. Very few of you know that my Dad is sick with the dreaded “c” word, and it’s one of the worst of the “c”s that exist. I don’t talk about it because, well, what is there to say?

Instead of talking about the stupid “c” word, I’ve instead spent a lot of my 2016 WITH my parents and WITH my family and WITH people who mean so much to me. I’ve added more encouraging phrases to my everyday conversation (do you know what a difference it makes in someone’s day when you remind them that they are making a difference and they are doing great?) and I’ve spent a lot more of 2016 holding hands with the ones I love.

Honestly, on my 30th birthday I just want to cure cancer. Oh, and I want to celebrate my 30th birthday with my Dad -- which thanks to the amazing advances in “c” medicine, I will be celebrating on August 29th with him and ice cream cake.

Ask anyone who knows me - I've never been practical and I've always reached for the moon, the stars, and every planet I could grasp along the way. My fund raising goal is huge. Like, whoa-ridiculous-what-was-she-thinking?!? kind of huge. But I like the big round number, I like the symbolism for my 30th birthday, and I like the fact that even if I can raise .3%, or 3%, or 30% or any percentage of the "30 club" the money will go towards making a difference. You know, to %&$#?@! cancer.

I choose to donate the money to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, because for the last 8 months, my heart has been there fighting the good fight with my family. I hope this 30th birthday money will go towards finding the cure and allowing many many many more people see their 30th birthday or spend their 30th birthday with someone they love.

Cheers,
Jen

Oh, if you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to reach out to me!

EDIT:  Spent my first weekend of my 30th birthday with my parents. It was a sunny Labor Day Weekend. We laughed, we joked, and we hung out. We also ate some ice cream cake. This weekend makes me very very thankful that someone before my time donated money towards improving the odds against cancer. I am very fortunate that I could spend my birthday with my Dad.







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It's Dad's birthday this weekend. He would have been 63 years old on Monday. To celebrate, we're pushing forward and trying to raise more money towards cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (this is where he received his treatments in 2016). To celebrate Dad's birthday, my company, Uncorked Studios, will be matching any donations made this weekend (up to a total of $3000).

Just wanted to share these photos - this is the one I got framed for him last year and gave him on his birthday. It's on of my most favorite images I've ever taken of my parents together.

May you have a beautiful weekend full of fun! Take the time to make a phone call or visit to someone that you love! <3 Jen
Dad's 2016 birthday present picture
Here's the framed image.
Celebrating Dad's birthday in 2016.
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Do you ever have days where you just miss someone so very much? Today is that day for me. I miss my Dad so very very much.

Cancer is an unfair disease that affects more people than we know. I hope to see this awful disease wiped out in our lifetime. I'm keeping this campaign open as long as I can - the money is going to Dana Farber's cancer research. My goal is to raise $30,000 in my 30th birthday year to help find a cure for cancer. We're almost halfway there. Any little bit helps.
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I'm super excited I was able to share this with Dad before he left for his next great adventure. The greater "We" donated enough money to @danafarber with #30foracure that we got a plaque on their gene wall. Dad helped me pick all the text for it. The proof got delivered to our house on January 3 and the final installation at Dana Farber happens in February. I'm so happy 2017 started off with him and I under the same roof sharing some smiles. I absolutely adore him. Yes, we're still raising money for cancer research - our goal is no more birthdays celebrations with cancer!
Dad and I having a moment. 01.03.17
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#GivingTuesday ! For a $100 donation towards cancer research at Dana Farber, I'll send you a one of a kind fine art print as a thank you for your kindness. #30foracure
This print found its way to a good home!
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Sandy Purington
27 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has made a donation and shared this page. So many caring and thoughtful people. We are touched by everyone. Tears of joy have been shed by Tom and myself for knowing how many people care and want to change the future of cancer.

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Sandy Purington
28 months ago

Thanks to those who have donated! Every dollar will make a difference.

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$14,371 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 87 people in 28 months
Created August 18, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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CP
$100
Carol Purington
8 months ago

We have wonderful memories that hold us together.

VD
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VIN DAMBRA
17 months ago
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In memory of a great guy and friend

LC
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Lois Call Call
18 months ago
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This donation is from Lois Call Stearns and my brother, Donald Call.

CP
$100
Carol Purington
19 months ago
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Thank you, Jen, for setting up this easy way to keep giving toward a cure! Aunt Carol

KW

Such an amazing cause :)

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Anonymous
20 months ago
JT
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Jean and Thom
20 months ago

Taken from us too soon. Loved and missed by many.

Sandy Purington
27 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has made a donation and shared this page. So many caring and thoughtful people. We are touched by everyone. Tears of joy have been shed by Tom and myself for knowing how many people care and want to change the future of cancer.

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Sandy Purington
28 months ago

Thanks to those who have donated! Every dollar will make a difference.

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