I had the privilege of spending the morning “on the set,” as one of the participants in a video production by The Pink Fund on the value of the Fund’s mission. The filming took place at The China Closet in downtown Birmingham, Mich.
Filming began at 9 a.m. and I was up first.
It was unscripted. Molly MacDonald, the founder of The Pink Fund, settled me into a comfy chair and simply and gently asked me some questions off camera. Not surprisingly, I had no problem filling the space, answering the questions, sharing my story. Shy I am not, and as time goes on, I have become more and more comfortable in front of a camera and speaking to crowds. There’s a message God wants me to share and I’m on it. It’s part of my mission.
The Pink Fund will use this video for upcoming promotional and fund-raising purposes, as the Bloomfield Hills, Mich. based Fund will soon be going national. (I hope to be able to link the video in its entirety to my blog as soon as it’s ready.) Molly’s efforts and commitment to raising funds for newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients is nothing short of amazing. I know, because I experienced it first-hand following my second breast cancer diagnosis in January.
Not only did I not want financial assistance of any kind at the time (the word pride comes to mind, perhaps coupled with the word foolish), but even when one of my bff’s tried to persuade me to apply, I refused.
Then one day in late January, Molly called me. We talked for a long time. I saw the value and the beauty of her mission. The Fund could help take away the burden of some of our basic bills for up to 90 days so that our family could concentrate on getting a clear diagnosis and treatment plan underway, rather than worrying about keeping the lights on or the furnace running. What an amazing blessing she — and all the people who work so hard to make The Pink Fund a reality — is.
Come hell or high water (yesterday was quite medically challenging to say the least, and a story for another time), I was determined to be on the set in Birmingham this morning, bright and early. I wanted nothing more than the opportunity to give a little back to the people who have given me, and others like me, so much.
I think it’s called Paying it Forward. And it feels really good.
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson