Survivors know how to celebrate!
Especially when five amazing women and organizations are recognized for their commitment to give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts! And THEN there’s the money!
Holding checks on behalf of their organizations, from left: Reba Mason, Reba’s Vision; Linda King, Help Fix the Hurt; Paula Cullison, Arizona Women’s Partnership; Bobbi Sudberry, Kaity’s Way; and Ebony Daniels, Making Finance Fashionable.
Each received $1,000 from A 2nd Act to continue growing their 2nd Acts. Congratulations, ladies!
Now those are words you don’t often expect to hear associated with a bank. Since the birth of A 2nd Act, National Bank of Arizona has been so very supportive. But when they asked to us a part of their Arizona Business Today, did a photo shoot, a video, a print story, AND radio spots, all with A 2nd Act as the focus, we realized they weren’t just a great place to stash our cash!
We hope you’ll get the picture as you read and watch. And while we use them for their non-profit banking program, they work with for profit companies and individuals as well (hint, hint!)
What an honor to be interviewed by the fabulous Carey Pena. How lucky are we to have a friend like you? Not only are you a terrific journalist, you have an amazing heart for stories. And isn’t it perfect that at A 2nd Act, we LOVE stories! Take a few minutes to listen to this […]
A new logo … a new theatre … the biggest audience … another amazing cast! The 2019 performance of S.T.A.R.S. was one for the record books!
What a night of celebration it was! Five amazing women and organizations were recognized for their commitment to give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts!
Aside from the day I was diagnosed, and I realized my life was about to change forever, there were two darkest days. The first was flying to Chattanooga, TN, in early September a few weeks before my double mastectomy, to tell my father “good-bye.” He was in hospice and neither of us were certain we’d ever see each other again.
If you were there, we THANK you! If you missed it, you’ll be able to watch the videos on our YouTube channel soon.
But you’ll want to be live and in person for next year’s show!
Were you there? We made bracelets … we hung with sister survivors … we loved the tunes from Heart and Soul … and we proved that life after cancer can be even MORE than life before!
The darkest moment in my cancer journey was the day I received the news of my diagnosis. The news came from my doctor in a phone call as I was leaving my uncle’s funeral and on the way to his celebration of life.
My husband died suddenly in 2011. I found myself, after 15 years of being at home with my children, parenting alone, with a part-time job that would never support our lifestyle. There was nowhere for all the crazy, and all the fear, to go but down on paper. As a writer, it was my only outlet.
I remember crawling into bed on the evening of my diagnosis to cuddle with my then 3 year old daughter. I stroked her hair and sang softly to her as I had done so many nights before, and all that kept running through my head was, “She’s not going to remember me.”
What an amazing night! We awarded our inaugural A 2nd Act grants … we mixed and mingled with sister survivors … and we ALL pictured our 2nd Acts!
After my diagnosis 12 years ago, my initial response was, “well let’s go!” I just wanted to start my treatment and get well. I had no idea that stage IV was the final stage. That there would be days where I just wanted to give up, days where I felt hopeless and days where my best friend kept added hope to my life.
“You are not famous enough to write a book about cancer.”
Although not phrased with those exact words, the inference was there. Loud and clear. From other bloggers. From publishing agents. From authors. From experts in the industry. They didn’t mean to be cruel, they wanted me to be realistic.
My battle was more of a roller coaster. Sometimes I was up, sometimes I was down, sometimes I was careening towards death, and other times I was chug, chug, chugging out of a quagmire of depression. That’s the thing about cancer, it challenges us to rise up even from the deepest pits of despair, and by rise up, I don’t just mean be strong.