October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and that means…
BRAS FOR BREAST CANCER and PLEASE remember VALERIE J!
Here’s Valerie’s Story from October 2009:
I WANT YOU TO ADD THIS NAME TO YOUR LIST—whenever you participate in any of these events from now on—please put the name VALERIE J. at the very top.
As Mama was dying, we received regular visits from her precious Hospice Nurse. One day, Marie came in looking very haggard and weepy. I asked her what was up. She said she had been at the Hospice facility since 3:30 that morning—with a 19-year-old girl—dying of breast cancer. That little girl had been diagnosed with breast cancer at 15 (fifteen)! And being, for unknown reasons, estranged from her family, she had gone through this entire process—from diagnosis to chemo and radiation and surgery—and finally, death, at 19—ALONE. She had no friends. She had no family. She didn’t even have a wig. She had the magnificent nurses and staff of Hospice Ministries but other than that—she did ALL OF IT—ALONE!
Think of the horrific cancer experiences you’ve had or witnessed—as an adult, with adults—now imagine that you were a 15-year-old girl and ALONE. Imagine, God forbid, it was your own daughter.
PLEASE put VALERIE J. on every t-shirt, poster, and Balloon Release you participate in for the rest of your life—and make a space for her in your heart, too. And when somebody asks for a donation to fight breast cancer—GIVE—whatever you can—even if it’s just your old bra—and REMEMBER VALERIE when you do. Thanks.
Queen Jan Michaels at CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO here in Jackson wants your BRAS—AGAIN! We will string them across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, one more time. Last year, we went over and BACK—and we want to make it THREE TRIPS THIS YEAR!
RIVERWALK CASINO & HOTEL donates $1 to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY for EVERY BRA WE GET! We want to get at least $15,000 of their money this year!
Useable bras are donated to Women’s Shelters all around the state and I can’t tell you how much those are appreciated by women who were forced, by violence, to flee their homes, often in the dead of night, with NOTHING.
We have a SPECIAL CONTEST SECTION FOR DECORATED BRAS—so let’s see how fancy/funny you can be! You can read about the contest on the FACEBOOK PAGE for BRAS FOR BREAST CANCER.
To mail them, send here by October 28:
Jan Michaels/Clear Channel Radio
1375 Beasley Road
Jackson, MS 39206