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HAPPY FALL BRIDGE2BRIDGE WARRIORS!!!
FIRST THINGS FIRST...BRIDGE2BRIDGE 2019 WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13!!!!!
WE ARE EXCITED AS WE START PREPARATIONS FOR OUR 10TH, YES, YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT, DECADE ANNIVERSARY, OF THIS AWESOME EVENT!! TO SAY WE ARE HUMBLED BY YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IS A HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT! THE LOVE, ASSISTANCE, DEDICATION AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT YOU HAVE SHOWN US HAS RESULTED IN NEARLY $500,00 IN CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO THE DANVILLE-PITTSYLVANIA CANCER ASSOCIATION!!! THIS MONEY ASSISTS THE DPCA IN PROVIDING AID TO THOSE RESIDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE SUFFERING THE EFFECTS OF CANCER. WE ARE HUMBLED BY THE PEOPLE WHO REACH OUT TO US EACH YEAR AND TELL US HOW MUCH THIS RACE AND THIS DAY MEANS TO THEM. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BRING A SMILE TO THEIR FACES AND MAKING THOSE FIGHTING THIS DISEASE AND/OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOVED ONES, FEEL FIRSTHAND,THE SUPPORT OF THIS COMMUNITY.
FYI-WE ARE PLANNING ON MAKING SOME CHANGES TO THE WAY WE PRESENT THE AWARDS/CEREMONY AS WE WANT THE DAY TO RUN AS SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE!!
LOOK FOR UPDATES PERIODICALLY AS PLANS UNFOLD FOR A POST EVENT CELEBRATION TO COMMEMORATE THIS 10 YEAR MILESTONE!!
GATHER UP YOUR FRIENDS AND GET THAT TRAINING STARTED-AND SIGN UP EARLY SO YOU BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE (MARCH 1st), AND ARE GUARANTEED A SHIRT (MARCH 30)!!
WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE ON THE 13TH-LET'S MAKE THIS OUR LARGEST EVENT TO DATE!!!
WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE-
B2B RACE DIRECTOR-KAREN JOHNSTON
Hello and thank you for visiting our website! For those of you who are ready to sign up for one of our events, we hope you will find this site as user friendly as we do! Should you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. Below you will find Karen's' story, which we hope will inspire and motivate you to join us in our never ending quest to support the efforts of the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association. Thank you all for your generous support of this great event!
I have always been a strong supporter of charities that help those afflicted with various diseases and disorders and those that seek a cure. After losing a number of friends and my beautiful sister Phyllis to cancer, I began making contributions to various cancer research groups and charities. I also decided to grow my hair longer and donate it to Locks of Love; the organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long time medical hair loss. It seemed like a way to give from the heart and I took comfort in knowing that I would be helping someone in a difficult situation. In 2009, I donated an 11-inch ponytail.
I also resolved to take care of myself and stay healthy and strong: bike riding, running, horseback riding, walking, reading, spending time with family. These seemed like good ways to enjoy life. Many of these activities I undertook with friends, none of us knowing what was ahead in my journey. In 2008, I was diagnosed with cancer and my own life’s course was changed forever. I was no longer on the sidelines witnessing the battle; I was on the battlefield.
A cancer patient spends a great deal of time in doctors’ offices and lab and that was true for me. At each visit, I noticed and appreciate the care and love from our local oncologists and their staffs. Without fail, they treated me as if I were the only patient ever to be diagnosed, as if I were the most important person in the world. Over time, I came to see that they treated every patient this way. The doctors, nurses technicians, receptionists—they were incredibly wonderful people. In the chemo lab especially, as I sat for hours connected to intravenous therapy. I watched and listened and felt awed at the kindness of the staff—their words of wisdom, their compassion, their gentleness. They even inspired me to consider becoming an oncology nurse, so great was my desire to help people suffering with this illness and so remarkable were the men and women committed to healing me.
During my treatments, I met some of the finest people I have ever encountered, including other patients. We were a team; we were there for the same purpose – trying to stay alive and I noticed that some patients never had family or friends visit like I did. I listened as patients tried to figure out how they were going to return for the next doctor or chemo appointment or how they were going to pay for their medications or their utilities. It was obvious that some patients didn’t have insurance, jobs, transportation, family, or the energy to get through the next day. Even as cancer medicine dripped into my veins, I felt I had to count my blessings and giving thanks to God for sparing my life. I realized I needed to do something to help those less fortunate.
Then, the light bulb came on while I was talking to a physician’s assistant at my doctor’s office. A 5K Run/Walk would be a great way to involve the community and raise money for the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association while simultaneously promoting good health habits for participants. What better way for our community to support the DPCA, which receives no funding from the American Cancer Society. Members of the DPCA don’t toot their own horns because they’re too busy helping others. Most people don’t know that last year the DPCA gave $82,197 in service to the people of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County.
The Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association focuses on patient-aid with over $200,000 spent for cancer-related prescriptions, travel assistance, medical supplies and equipment, wigs, prosthesis and other special needs. We do provide some educational materials and still present educational programs. The DPCA also has a support group that is held at 223 Riverview Dr, Suite H Danville, VA for any who are interested.
Nearly everyone’s life has been affected by cancer, either personally or through a family member or friend. Until there is a cure, there is no escaping it. I have witnessed and felt firsthand the warmth and caring of the people of Danville and Pittsylvania County. I work at Karen’s Hallmark Shop in Danville Mall and over the years I have met some of my best friends there. Such loving and giving people: parents, family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and customers. I am truly blessed to live in this wonderful community of such solid, good-natured people. Southside Virginia is truly a place where people care about each other. We each have talents or gifts that we’ve been given and we must use them in positive ways. When we all join together like my friends and family have done, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. Join us in helping the DPCA. Please keep an eye out for the information about the 8th annual Bridge-to-Bridge 5K & 10K in Danville, Virginia.
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