If you are a fan of the ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars, then chances are you already know about this. If you aren’t, then I would suggest you give the show a go. I’m VERY NEW to the fandom (I watched it over Thanksgiving with Mini-Me) and I’m glad. The cast is very outspoken on many of the social networks and seem to be down to earth.
Besides the amazing fashion and makeup of our four Pretty Little Liars or Ezra’s love for John Varvatos, what reeled me into the fandom was the numerous charities the cast supports. One in particular stood out to me after dealing with my husband losing his grandfather to lung cancer just after Easter. This would be the charity FCancer supported by Ian Harding, who plays Ezra on the show.
I won’t bore you with the details of how cancer effed up my life. I honestly have more family in cemeteries than I do living these days due to this ugly disease. I’m sure we all have similar stories to share. If you are curious you can scroll down and read.
Donate and Win!
If you are able to make a donation, Ian is member of Jonah Hill’s F-Cancer project. Every $25 donation through Crowdrise, makes you eligible to win an Ian autographed FCancer t-shirt.
These are the shirts Ian posted on twitter that he was sent to autograph. One of them could be yours!
If you can donate $250, you automatically will receive a voice mail from Ian to use on your phone.
I made the $250 donation, so stick around for my voice mail. I have my fingers crossed on getting an autographed shirt, but I think I’m going to buy one to wear anyway. I love how this organization gives cancer the middle finger.
What You Need to Do
Set up a (free) Crowdrise account. Be sure to add me as a friend on there. From Ian’s page, click the donate button and enter your amount. Just like that, you’ve made a contribution towards a worthy cause.
I’ve made a list of my favorite charities and organizations I support at the top of this page. I added Ian’s page to my Charity list above because this isn’t his first charity event and based on his history, I doubt this will be his last.
If you are able to donate, please do so. Let me know in the comments below or tweet me (@agirlnamednat).
How Cancer Impacted My Life in 2012:
My college roommate at VCU announced on FB that she had leukemia. She was fortunate enough to get a bone marrow transplant from her sister and is improving daily.
Right after Easter, my husband lost his grandfather after a long and painful battle with lung cancer. Now, I’ve been a part of this family since 1998 when we started dating (14 years this year), so it was very hard for me too. This was also the first loss my children experienced that they were old enough to fully understand.
I quit teaching high school biology after this diagnosis and returned to school full time to study clinical lab science. Pawpaw Neagle reminded me that each day was precious and I needed to follow my dreams because life was too short. Of course in my Urinalysis & Bodily Fluids class, I looked and identified cancerous tissues almost all semester. I always left class depressed.
Fast-forward to winter and days before Christmas, I found out one of my friends and former teacher (we both resigned from the same high school this past summer) lost her battle to cervical cancer. What was horrible about this was that she was only diagnosed in August.
I hope you will join me in this!