Family and Friends,

I have been holding on to this dream for a while now. It is a dream that is starting like a butterfly fighting to be free from it cocoon. Tonight is its first night to fly to unlimited heights. It starts with you. I need your help to nurture, support and encourage this dream so that we can make a difference in this world of unknowns. I am sharing this for the first time and hoping that you will be able to experience this new journey that I am taking. As all of you know Aug 08 I was diagnosis with stage 3 breast cancer. My life changed in the blink of an eye. So many questions and so many thoughts ran through my mind. Will I live or will I die? What would the girls do? I can’t even begin to explain what I was feeling. I had to figure out so much. It did not run in my family. I did not have a friend that could guide me ( I did meet some wonderful people down the road). It was me who had to fight like a girl. I pushed through 4 months of chemo, I made it through a double mastectomy and fought my way through several months of radiation. A half of a year of my life learning as I went. It was tough but I had so much to be thankful for. I was a loyal blogger and my followers were even more loyal. They prayed and rallied around me. The gave my strength and hope to push on. Strangers were sending me all kinds of stuff to show me that I was not alone. It was amazing and it meant the world to me. When I was going to my apts I was given different things. Little or big it did not matter. It was the thought behind it. I have a list that goes on. Many meals cooked for me. It seemed like it was always the day we needed it. I had a housekeeper who found me while I was going through treatments. She came and cleaned my house every month. There again it was always the right day. I would come home and she would pull my bed down and made me feel like a queen. I was not able to process all of this at the time. No one was looking for a pat on the back. No one was doing it for any reason other then to give my hope. So now that I am little over a year out Mike and I are ready to give back and pay forward. Back in November Mike had a hope chest made for me. I have always wanted one. He knows that I am still struggling and I don’t like to talk a lot about the fight I have had to take on but he knew that I am passionate about life. So he had Cindys Hope Chest engraved on the chest. It has come to life and I am ready to give it the same passion that I have to fight this terrible diease. All of these services and things that were done for me were funded by someone and I want that to be me. I would like to introduce my non-profit organization called Cindys Hope Chest. My goal is help other women battling breast cancer. There are so many needs that these women need that they may not even know yet. I want to give them support in any way that I can. Yes there are some very big organization that give grants and do help and I am so thankful for them. I just want to give them a personal touch to see that someone has been through the storm and is still hitting it hard. I want them to see that they can make it but I can not do this alone. I need you to help me get my name out there. I need you to forward this email out to as many people as you can. It is time to make a difference in someones life today. If you are interested in helping in any way please let me know. I need volunteers, business owners, contacts, donations (tangible and monetary), people to volunteer their services. My website is underconstruction and should be starting in the next week. I am very excited and am so happy to be sharing this with you. This next year I am going to work very hard on many events to raise money so that I can start supporting this cause now. I would like to invite all of you to my first charity function. It is called Chairs for Charity. It will be at Porter Ridge Middle (Alexa’s school) on Friday March 19. The art students are painting chairs with different themes and having a silent auction. The money raised will be donated to Cindys Hope Chest and PR Relay for Life. I hope you can come. The students are working very hard. The chairs will be on display all day at the school and then the auction will end at 7pm. I will also have my hope chest out there for donations. So come out and help me fill it up with hats, scarves, bandanas, paraban free products, gift cards for groceries, restaurants, anything breast cancer support and anything to encourage them. Thanks so much for taking this journey with me. Lets free my butterfly and see where she goes. If you have any questions or suggestion please let me know. Check out below and check enquirer journal. My dream is making the news:)

fighting like a girl
Cindy!We made it on the news!