In the Spirit
There are so many wonderful things about The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation’s volunteers and supporters, and one of my favorite characteristics is the spirit with which they serve. Occasionally, after someone learns where I work, they ask me if my office is a dreary place. I think it is a good question. When you are working with cancer, you will undoubtedly encounter difficult situations and unhappy endings, but I am thankful to be able to say that despite tough circumstances, our staff, clients, supporters, and volunteers are hopeful, compassionate, dedicated, interested, inspiring, and committed to having FUN!
I was reminded of this recently through the wonderful employees of Miche, a company that sells handbags with interchangeable colored and patterned shells, who hosted the Miche 5K for Hope in downtown Nashville. This 5K walk was organized by Miche to benefit MPCF and promote our mission of providing one-on-one guidance to those affected by cancer. As I a set up an information table in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame early on that Saturday morning, I wondered if anyone would come by and ask questions about what we do… when all of the sudden, they arrived. Hundreds of Miche employees, from around the country, poured into the starting line area decked out in Minnie Pearl and Miche gear, laughing, talking, sharing stories about the impact cancer has had on their friends and families, and overwhelming me with a willingness to help us achieve our mission. Before 6:45am, I had given out every single brochure, pen, and notepad that I brought! The enthusiasm was contagious, and it was certainly productive. During their national conference in Nashville, the Miche employees raised over $25,000 for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation.
To see pictures of all the fun we had on July 21, check out the Miche 5K for Hope album on our Facebook page.
Blog post submitted by Allison Buchignani, Fundraising & Event Coordinator at MPCF