I wonder if it’s the same with you as it is with me, that within the past 5 years you have come to know more people diagnosed with cancer? Whether it is a part of being at the age I am, 36, or a strange reality that more and more of us are becoming afflicted with cancer, the number of people I know who are currently fighting cancer cannot be counted on my two hands. Mostly, those whom I know fighting cancer are adults and seeing the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery on their bodies is heartbreaking and their tenacity for the fight and life is awe inspiring. So, when that same tenacious appetite for life and fight against cancer is happening to a child, I am moved beyond words.
Last Saturday I was one of many volunteers at the “Share Your Heart Ball” at the Sun Valley Inn’s Limelight room. This fantastic event is a fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Gold, a non-profit organization that helps Idaho children living with and fighting cancer. Both silent and live auctions happen throughout the evening and over 500 guests were treated to a delicious dinner, wine, and live music which turned into quite a party.
As with any good ball, you need a King and Queen. For the Share Your Heart Ball, the royalty brought both smiles and tears to their family, friends, and guests by sharing their incredible life stories; stories no person, let alone children, should have to tell. The generosity of Idahoans amazed me at this event. Aside from the amazing amounts of money that were generated by the auctions, the apogee was when two of the guests offered to pay for this year’s Queen’s entire college expenses. The funniest moments came when a dozen or more of the guests, a brave woman included, raised $300 each by having their hair shaved.
If you have the ability, consider donating to Camp Rainbow Gold or make a note to attend next years Ball!