Paddle for Pink Houses May 3, 2014

Paddle for Pink Houses:
Hello, 

My name is Amy Gage. I am a Key West local and the Office Admin for St. Paul's Episocopal Church of Key West.
Also, as of this year, I have been honored to become a Retreat Coordinator & Volunteer for the non-profit group
"Little Pink Houses of Hope".

WHAT LPHOH DOES: Provides FREE week long beach retreats for breast cancer patients and their families through the kind donations of homes, time, talent and treasure. We believe a cancer diagnosis does not just affect the patient, but the entire family. Every beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey.

MY GOAL!
May 3, 2014,
I am entering the Key West Paddleboard Classic, which is a 12 mile paddle race around Key West. In doing so, I hope to raise awareness for this amazing organization and
raise funds to help supplement the cost of at least 10 of our 12 families attending our 2014 Key West Retreat the week of
June 22. LPHOH has determined it takes $563.00 and a home to sponsor a family on a retreat.

I am starting this campaign a bit late for I was not sure if I would be up to the challenge after incurring a biking accident a couple of weeks ago. I needed to make sure I was physically ready for this. I have paddled through the pain and just keep telling myself that these ladies wake up everyday with different aches, pains and ailments from their treatments and must carry on, so as should I.

Paddleboarding is a fun and intregal part of the families retreat week. It is due to the generosity of Lazy Dog Paddle Shack http://lazydog.com/ and an invite from LPHOH's to join them last year that I have developed a serious paddleboard bug. My header photo is of last year's retreat with the LPHOH volunteers, families and Lazy Dog staff (who donated a whole morning of instruction and equipment to the families).

I am also doing this to honor two of our "Pink Moms", Barbara and Bobbie, from last year's KW retreat who succumbed to their battle within a week of each other last month. It is because of the retreat their families will have loving and sunny memories to hold on to forever.

The event is May 3 but I have not applied a deadline to contribute. If you have never seen Key West , here is a link to see the race coarse.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyPEyz0GYJc

Any and all donations on my "GoFundMe" campaign will go directly to Little Pink Houses of Hope. 

So, please, look into your hearts and get behind me ( as I hope the wind is) on this campaign. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.



To learn more about Little Pink Houses of Hope go to
http://www.littlepink.org/

MISSION STATEMENT:  To promote breast cancer recovery by offering opportunities for survivors to reconnect and
celebrate life.

VALUES:  Creating hopeful experiences through fostering loving relationships in a non-judgmental environment.

HOPEFULL EXPREIENCES:  Our goal is to help foster family bonds through relaxed play and time away. We believe that individuals will have a chance to grow in their well being, relationships, nutrition, and spirit to help them in their cancer journey. We believe that at all stages of the cancer journey, it is not enough to survive, but rather to focus on thriving and celebrating life. We believe in having fun!!

LOVING RELATIONSHIPS:  Our goal is to foster loving relationships by our words, actions, service, and connections. We believe that not only will families grow in love during our retreat weeks, but families will continue their Little Pink experience long after the retreats end.

NON-JUDGMENTAL ENIRONMENT:  Our promise is to create an environment of acceptance among staff, volunstars, and participants. We believe that families come in all shapes and sizes. We do not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, geographic location, or religion. Breast cancer affects everyone, and it is our mission to serve everyone who is on the journey. Cancer is the great equalizer- there is no room for judgment, only love and compassion.
 
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Amy Gage 
Organizer
Key West, FL
LITTLE PINK HOUSES OF HOPE 
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