Doing Something a Bit Different This Mother’s Day…

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Hello Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for welcoming Morgan so warmly and for encouraging his writing.  He was so pleased to be able to share his thoughts with you — and was even more thrilled to see your “likes” and read your comments.  Definitely a self-esteem booster!  He smiled from ear to ear when he read such kind words from you.  Thank you!!

Well, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before here.  And something that I wasn’t sure I should do — I’ve been going back & forth in my mind all afternoon!  In the end, though, I decided to just post this because it might help an organization and people who I feel are deserving of support…

A very ambiguous way to let you know that the boys & I have decided to use our Mother’s Day to do something a bit different this year.  [Since I have such a bad headache that I’m having trouble forming a coherent thought, I think it would be best if I just pull from something I wrote earlier this afternoon to explain so I don’t make this any more confusing!!]


I’m a bit late to the party (okay, very late!) — I thought/wished/hoped I’d be visiting my family & new baby niece this weekend in VA (but sadly, we couldn’t go) so I didn’t register for tomorrow’s breast cancer walk until today — but hopefully we can still make a bit of a difference with your help!  Every little bit helps…

My sons & I are celebrating Mother’s Day tomorrow by walking in the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester’s (Mother’s Day) Pink Ribbon Run & Family Fitness Walk to raise funds for an organization that helps women (and men) cope with a breast cancer diagnosis through support groups, educational programs, evening seminars, special events, advocacy, and more.  They strive to ensure that no one feels as though they are facing this awful disease alone.

As you surely know, this is a cause that is very dear to my heart.  Diagnosed with a very aggressive inoperable Stage 3C breast cancer when I had just turned 34 and my twins were in kindergarten, I felt completely overwhelmed and as though the rug had been pulled from beneath me.  

And I’ve heard this sentiment time & time again from women (and men) — young, old, and every age & stage of life in between.  When you hear the words, “You have cancer,” many people feel overwhelmed, scared, etc.  And then they are sent off to make (what may even be life or death) decisions about their treatment & their bodies & a disease they may not know much about…  

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester does their best to make sure no one feels alone at any point after their diagnosis — whether they were diagnosed that day or 20 years past.  And they seek to educate patients, survivors and the public about this insidious disease and to advocate for all of us (and future generations) not just locally and statewide, but nationally as well.  They understand the importance of being a voice for change and seek to educate lawmakers & elected officials about this disease and its causes & the devastating toll it can take on women/men & their families.  And they work with citizen and environmental agencies & organizations to increase awareness of environmental hazards related to breast cancer & other public health risks to protect & educate current and future generations.    

Please help the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester continue to provide their vital services, advocacy and support.

Remember, every little bit helps!  There is no amount too small.  Even $1 or $2 can help.  But since the minimum online donation the site can accept is $10, please don’t be discouraged.  If you’d to give a donation under 10 or if you’d like to pay with a check or cash — please send me a quick email to make other arrangements for your donation. []  Thank you!  

My boys and I will walk tomorrow to honor all of the women (and men) who’ve ever heard those life-altering words — “You have cancer” — and who are still here with us, and we will walk to remember and pay tribute to all of the loved ones this horrible disease has taken.  If you’d like us to add a name (or names) of someone special to you to our shirts, please send me a quick email by 5 a.m…

Thanks SO very much!

Leisha & family    

If you’d prefer to send a check / or to give cash / if you have questions or if you’d like to contact me, please don’t hesitate to email me:   Thank you!

P.S. We couldn’t decide on a photo so if you scroll through you’ll see some photos where the boys (and I) are actually looking at the camera!    🙂


If you’d like to visit the fundraising page I just set up through the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester’s event:

Leisha’s Family & Friends Group

You can read more, make a donation, etc. there

And if not, no worries!  No pressure at all!  The boys & I are happy to simply participate. Plus the weather should be nice ( and I think some of their/my friends will be walking with us), so “the walk” should be a great way to spend the day and to honor women & mothers along the way…

Wishing you & your families a lovely Mother’s Day…

All my best to you, always… 


14 thoughts on “Doing Something a Bit Different This Mother’s Day…

  1. That’s a great way to spend your Mother’s Day. Races and walks are a great way to meet other cancer patients and share your stories. I have done several similar events over the years and always got something out of it. Even when you are feeling awful, it is great to feed off the energy of the crowds. Have a great day!

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    • Thank you so much, Elizabeth! And thank you for doing the same over the years… So true that “even when you are feeling awful, it is great to feed off the energy of the crowds.” That was certainly true for this event — it was for an organization that is near & dear to my heart, so even though I was quite sick that day, I felt invigorated & drew strength from the sense of community & warmth that emanated from the sea of walkers/runners. Thanks so much… Warmest wishes to you! 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Sue!!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment — I think you are an amazing Mom, too… Thank you for your kindness & support… And thank you for your generous & amazing gift for the walk… You are a very special person! I’m sorry it has taken so long for me to post here—and that I haven’t seen you in soooo long. I’ve missed you & will call to come in for next week — it’s been too long… [I don’t have my cell anymore (I’m sure you can imagine why!) and your personal number was in it so I haven’t been able to call/text, but if you get this & want to email it to me (, it would be nice to catch up… Thank you so much for your kindness & support, my friend… Hope you & D & C & Z & L are doing okay… xoxoxoxo


  2. Julia Weissman Dobbelaar
    I disagree with her that a braless day is an insult. I’ve had the horror surgery, and hysterectomy, chemo, odd infections too. I recall beforehand, going braless made me feel self conscious unattractive and embarrassed. I don’t think women are Flaunting if they participate. I feel badly the author seems unable to accept that she no longer has breasts. She makes a wonderful advocate for money going to research and direct help to families and patients. I think she might also be able to steer funds towards women’s emotional acceptance of this all too common illness. The author makes many strong points! I think we r all a little sick of the color pink – She taught me to look at what I am buying and where the money is going and that pink does not mean research Or direct help.
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