The Pink Power Moms having fun at the "Pink Carpet" celebration. I'm the short one in the middle.
Magical, awe-inspiring, humbling … how can I describe the most perfect four days? Somehow words don’t cut it to tell you how much this past weekend in Atlanta has enriched my life.
It was more than being treated like royalty, and believe me, we were. There were limo rides to the airport, showers of gifts, spa treatments and first-class events like the Pink Carpet gala to honor us. It was the passion, purpose and love I felt from everyone there.
I felt an immediate connection to the outstanding seven women who shared the honor of being a finalist for the Bright Starts Pink Power Mom. I definitely felt humbled by their accomplishments. They were all warm, caring and giving persons who have started their own foundations to fill a need they felt was unmet.
During the weekend I had time to talk with the employees who planned the fabulous event. They were so excited about meeting us and creating a dream trip for the Moms. But more important, they are dedicated to the cause. Kids II used to donate to Komen for the Cure, a fine organization, but they wanted a more personal and grass-roots connection to helping breast cancer survivors.
Each of us received a check for $5,000 to the charity of our choice. (I chose to donate to Cleveland Clinic for their research on the breast cancer vaccine). The Super Pink Power Mom, who will chosen later in the year, receives $20,000. My friend Tracie Metzger, president of Pink Ribbon Girls, was chosen last year and was there with us for the weekend. It’s great because I serve on their board and I know how this money will help so many young breast cancer survivors.
I’m still on a high and am thinking about ways I can expand my reach to survivors, especially those with metastatic disease. I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas.
For more information about the finalists and Bright Starts Pink Power Mom program, visit www.pinkpowermom.com .
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