Cancer x 3
The blogosphere has lost MLO to ovarian cancer.
You know her, even if you don’t think you know her. She coded the “room” for the blogroll. She is why I give away one of my Purim baskets every year. She is a long time blog writer, one of the first I read.
She is a ketchup-maker and a vampire-sex-book sender and a crafter and a dancer and comment-leaver and an all-around wonderful woman. And she’s gone. I just really can’t believe that she’s gone.
Yesterday, I wore grey for brain cancer awareness. I lost my cousin to brain cancer many years ago. Biogirl organized the grey day in honour of her sister, Missy, and it’s moving to see that sea of grey in her post. Earlier this week, there was also a melanoma awareness day organized for JJ as she went in for more surgery.
If you are looking for something concrete to do, please consider giving a donation to the Pan-Mass Challenge. It is different from other cancer research fundraising events because the PMC donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. A lot of other places, when you donate your money, it goes toward paying staff and advertising and other expenses. And yes, sometimes it’s necessary in order to keep the organization afloat, but the PMC forwards every dollar that YOU donate straight into cancer research. And that, to me, has a chance to make a difference.
Rest easy, MLO. We’ll miss you.