{Heal the World} An Open Letter to those affected by Cancer

Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Hi Pink Book Readers,

I’ve been meaning to start this on LPB for awhile now. A little something called {Heal the World}. I’ve always believed in community service and I volunteer a lot for different things. If you know me in real life, you might have actually been hauled to volunteer with me before, or better yet, that’s how you know me.

Initially, I wanted to showcase different non-profit organizations with {Heal the World} and show you about the vast opportunities there are out there to get involved, lead by example and become one with your community.

Volunteering doesn’t have to be about something morbid and bleak, or death and destruction. It could be about something fun, something you enjoy, maybe an organization you believe in.

Either way, I don’t do this very often, but for my first {Heal the World} post, I thought I would make it just a tad personal: a fellow Gator alumni and PR professional reached out to me about a project she’s been up to and I found her story very touching. I wanted to share it with you.

Please read below,
Best wishes,

Sasha x.


Dear Those Affected by Cancer,

My name is Michelle Zambrana, and I gave up something pretty important to me this year. I gave up my birthday. Yes, it may not seem like much of a sacrifice, but when it comes down to it, I gave up the celebration of another year of existence.

I gave up my celebration in order to help those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from Leukemia and Lymphoma, have a chance to celebrate their own birthday for years to come.

Since May 19, 2009, I have been training Saturday mornings at 7 a.m., 5 p.m., and even as early as 4 a.m., in order to prepare for my 26.2 mile marathon to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.

My race of choice is the Nike Women’s Marathon in Sam Francisco, California.

I never thought at my age, or at my fitness level, I would even be close to completing one mile, much less 26. But, here I am averaging about 12 miles a run, and about a month away from the marathon. I do it because I think of those who have suffered from cancer and survived, and figured that if they can overcome chemotherapy, I can handle some aches and pains so that they can continue on a healthy track to recovery.

In my training I have met fellow teammates who have battled and overcame lymphoma, and were not able to raise funds to support the cause. I vowed that in addition to raising funds for our selected patients,and doctors, I would run on behalf of my fellow teammates who battled cancer, but could not raise the funds to continue training with the group.

I am six days away from my fundraising total. I have raised through my own dedication, fundraising, and the contributions of loving family friends, and colleagues, $2,000. The goal is 4,100.

The deadline is on my 26th birthday, September 29, 2009.

I have reached out to my community, my place of employment, and have heard lots of reasons to not donate to such a great cause at this time. I’m ready to hear from those of you who have a reason to donate. Whether you know someone who has suffered, or like me before I joined Team in Training, had never known or met someone with Leukemia or Lymphoma, but want to help.

If you would could take the opportunity, please help me, give another person another year to celebrate their birthday by helping me achieve my wish of running.

I only have six more days to make my goal.

If you’ve always wanted to run, but couldn’t, If you’ve always wanted to help, but didn’t know how to – this is your chance. Let me run for you. Let me be the way you help others in a way you never thought possible. Let’s save lives together.

Thank you,

Michelle Zambrana

You can find Michelle’s Leukemia and Lymphoma page here.

Copyright © 2009 SashaH. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.