You Have Cancer!
Many people believe you either live in love or in fear.
Every breast cancer survivor is initiated with fear once they hear, “You Have Cancer.” Much like a war veteran who returns from battle to discover they are effected by a condition known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), survivors also find PTSD a common condition. Â About 82.5% of women have PTSD symptoms after breast cancer diagnosis. Survivors who are fortunate enough to afford mental health therapy, have a greater chance of managing the emotional effects of fighting cancer. Those who do not, often find themselves caught in a downward spiral of depression and fear.Â Dealing with a traumatic change from health to disease often leaves victims overwhelmed, exhausted and financially devastated.
â€œIn DecemberÂ 2009, I wasÂ 39. My worldÂ came to a crashing halt went I was told I had breast cancer. In the followingÂ year my strength and faith were tested to their limits and my finances were in total ruin. Instead of taking my first trip on a cruise ship that I had been saving for for 10 years, I spent that year and every dime I had saved hoping to see another day.â€ Â – Taneta Blanden
When treatmentâ€™s ended, itâ€™s easy to assume one might believe they will be jumping for joy – but joy is a feeling that is too often out of reach.Â That’s the time,Â Send Me On VacationÂ shines a light on the lives of survivors byÂ providing healing vacations to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.
“Today I’m in remission. I’m actually going to see my kids graduate and I went on vacation for the first time in my life to Myrtle Beach, SC. It was a dream come true. Â ThereÂ was no way I wouldâ€™ve been able to take a break like this from cancer, to relax andÂ reflect on my life and the blessings now see coming my way.” – Taneta Blanden
Corporate Giving Partnerships has worked with Send Me On Vacation to develop a strong board, caring volunteers, and create marketing andÂ fundraising strategies. This partnership has been so valuable in achieving our goals, said Cathy Backus, Founder of the organization.Â SMOVÂ has sent hundreds of underserved survivors on healing vacations in the past 6 years from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. SMOV is a 501 (c)(3), all volunteer charitable organization. Vacation options include group therapy vacations, freestyle family vacations and end of life vacations. SMOV is a resource focused program that combines donations from the travel and tourism industry with financial contributions to create transformative experience that have the ability to change lives, one vacation at a time!
Corporate Giving Partnerships is a national consulting firm.Â We engageÂ corporate leadership and employees with the community, using life experience to inspire collaboration, compassion, productivity and a strong culture. We support growth of corporate social responsibility with technology and marketing, providing companies with the tools they need to build strong volunteerism and cause marketing programs. CGP consults with nonprofit organizationsÂ such as Send Me On Vacation toÂ facilitate visibility andÂ growth. Our team’sÂ expertise includes donor development and retention, fundraising strategies, board and volunteer development, marketing and communications. Contact us to learn more.