December 1999-I just got engaged and was the happiest I had ever been. I was going to marry the man of my dreams, whom you all know as either Mike or Michael (I prefer Michael)
January 2000-I received the call no one should ever have to get....Michael and I just got back from our trip to Florida where we were able to celebrate our engagement with our friends and family. Then, the phone rang. It was my mom, she was hysterical, she said, "I have cancer and the prognosis does not look good. The doctors are saying to change your wedding date." I was shocked and devastated. I thought, this must be a joke..we can't be losing them both! (I lost my dad in 1996). I immediately flew back down to Florida to be with my mom and to take her to several of the best Oncology doctors and surgeons in South Florida all of whom had the same message...I am sorry but the cancer is so far spread and there is not much to do. She has at best, 6 months.
February 2000-May 2001 This was a whirlwind of flying back and forth to Florida to be with my mom and plannning a wedding for which I knew she might not attend. For those of you that knew Marsh, you know that if someone told her to do something, her inclination was to do the exact opposite. So, they told her 6 months and told me to change my date, she said, "F?!?CK that! NO WAY...I will be at my daughter's wedding on May 27, 2001."
May 27, 2001-My mom walked me down the aisle and celebrated the night with us
May 28, 2001-September 2002 One of the most difficult times in my life. I flew back and forth to Florida every other weekend to be with mom who was getting sicker and weaker by the day. She was in and out of the hospital and while at home, needed 24 hour care. She was a shell of herself. She was unrecognizable except for the fact that she knew exactly how many XANAX she was due to take and at what time :-) She was in so much pain but was still fighting so hard to stay with us. In September 2002, we told her I was pregnant. She was elated and sad because she knew she would not be around to meet her first grandchild. She requested we name her Hailey Mae which we respecfully declined and decided Mia Hope was a more fitting name.
October 20, 2002 I received another call no one ever wants. It was my sister who was hysterical. She said, "she's gone, Mom's gone." I felt numb. I hung up the phone, left the office in shock and made the arrangements to get down to Florida. This and June 27, 1996 are the worst days of my life. A stroke took my dad and breast cancer took my mom!
February 2017 I started working for Living Beyond Breast Cancer so that I help the kids of people who were kind enough to help my mom.
So, I know given the current state of affairs in our country, there have been many requests for donations to causes in which I too truly believe. I also know that Mia, one of my daughters, recently has reached out to some of you to support her softball team's fundraising efforts. I am reachibnig out to ask you to donate to a cause that means so much to me, and to a cause that helps so many people fight this horrific disease.
Some of you may know, I started working with Living Beyond Breast Cancer in February. I am part of their fundraising Eevents team, and truly feel so lucky to be part of an organization that does such amazing AND IMPORTANT work.
Since its launch in Philadelphia in 2001, Reach & Raise (the event I am participating in) has attracted more than $2 million in individual support! In 2016 alone, we reached more than 550,000 people through our comprehensive website, informative webinars and publications and in-person conferences. With your help, we can increase our reach and help even more people impacted by this disease.
Support me and Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the money I raise will help LBBC continue to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
Any amount is truly appreciated or feel free to join my team, and I promise, you won't hear from the Cohens again...until next March when I form my team for 2018 :-)
Thank you in advance!
All the best,