HOW DOES PAGEANT WEEK START TOMORROW???
This has been the experience of a lifetime and I can not WAIT to get into Toronto tomorrow!!!!
Anyways, this is something that really needs to be talked about. In 2013 I almost lost my best friend, my role model, my light in the dark days, yes; my mom. She stared her battle with breast cancer in a hopeful mindset but there is something about the word “cancer” that can make it seem a million times worse. She is 100% the strongest woman I have ever met and I will forever idolize her, if I can grow up to be half the woman she is then I know I’m doing something right.
When I lost my dad in 2004, at the time I didn’t realize because I was so young but my life had just been changed forever. I would grow up without a dad to teach me how to ride a bike, teach me how to play baseball, or pick me up when I fell down. I would have this hole in my heart that would forever be empty, or so I thought.
My mom didn’t think so, she was the one to teach me how to ride a bike, play baseball, and when I fell she picked me up and hugged me until my tears were gone. She will forever be the reason I am the person I am today, she gave me the strength to keep going. So, after losing my dad at such a young age, when my mom got sick it became so much more real to me that I could lose her too.
After two years of Chemotherapy, mastectomy, and reconstruction she is in remission. She is as healthy as a horse now and has more energy than me most days, I’m not sure where it comes from. But never the less, she still surprises me everyday with her strength and compassion, this is where my platform was started.
Being only 13 years old, I always involved myself in anything that had to do with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Breast Cancer Awareness. My mom and I use to attend Zumba, a dance/exercise class together until she got sick; a “Party In Pink” was then organized which is a fundraiser for breast cancer. My aunts and myself danced our hearts out in support for my mom, she had always done everything for us, it was our turn to do something for her.
After I was crowned MTNL 2017, it became easier to reach events regarding this platform, like the “Pink In The Rink” fundraiser. This was the Under 12 Female Provincial Hockey Tournament held in Stephenville. I got the incredible honor to attend the opening ceremonies and drop the puck to signify the opening of the tournament and represent my mom as a breast cancer survivor. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful as it was emotional but it was amazing to see the sea of pink clothes and decorations in the stands around me.
MTNL also gives me the incredible honor to attend the CIBC Run For The Cure on October 1st, 2017 in St. Johns, NL. I will be handing flowers to all breast cancer survivors as they cross the finish line- I know, I could cry just thinking about it.
Breast Cancer Awareness has always been something I’m incredibly passionate about, even before it became a “platform”. From “Party in Pink” to the “Relay for Life”, I’ve always been as involved as possible because it is something that is important to me. Without my mom catching her cancer at the time she did, my life could have turned out completely differently, catching it early is the most important part. From giving yourself self examinations to getting a mammogram regularly, it is all so incredibly important. I would not be where I am right now if my moms fight went differently, so it is beyond important the word be spread so someone else’s mom, daughter, sister, family member can have the same positive outcome as my mom did.
This is why this blog post is coming now, where I am leaving for Toronto in a couple of hours I wanted to officially say I’ve decided, based on the overwhelming support from my sponsors that the $480.00 I fund-raised from one of my 649 draws will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
I will be keeping the donation until October 1st when I attend the CIBC Run for the Cure where I will present it to them in hopes that this will remind someone to be preventative and give them a chance of a positive outcome.
Thank you guys beyond words for the support I’ve received on this journey, I couldn’t have done it without you.
Love Jess xoxo