I am not afraid to be sick.
I am not afraid of the process.
I only want to LIVE.
And this is my fight.
Jamie Jenkins, stage 4 cancer fighter
I have been around cancer longer than I care to remember. My grandfather passed away after a long battle with cancer. My father-in-law passed away a few years after big papa. My grandmother is currently battling it.
It’s not just older people that it has touched. My cousin and a friend’s son are, thankfully, in remission and showing No Evidence of Disease (NED).
Because of my experience with cancer, throughout the year I participate in many cancer awareness campaigns and fundraisers. When I heard Knott’s Berry Farm was going Pink, I knew I had to be a part of it. I wasn’t going to let the cold and wet weather keep me away from being a guest on media day. I was excited to learn about Knott’s commitment to cancer awareness and honored to be a part of this day where I got to meet and listen to the bravery of breast cancer warrior, Jamie Jenkins.
Jaime has such a calm, warm spirit about her yet you could tell she is a fighter. Her words were poignant as she recalled how she learned about her diagnosis. She says she felt calm and peaceful as the wait was over. And now she could act! Her strength is apparent. She lives in the moment and she was smiling ear to ear as we all piled into our first roller coaster ride. I told myself to take a lesson from her and genuinely live in the moment.
My time with Jaime and the other survivors at the park was special. I encourage you to visit the park now through March 27, as Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County work together for their second year to raise money for breast cancer awareness, services and research by offering special “Pink Tickets”.
The Susan G. Komen Promise: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
75% of the funds raised for Susan G. Komen are used to provide local services throughout Orange County:
Breast cancer detection and treatment education
Information and support for breast cancer survivors and families
Funding for free mammograms for uninsured and underserved women
25% of the funds raised for Susan G. Komen support national research to discover the cure for breast cancer.
There are limited edition specially designed Knott's for the Cure “pink” merchandise.
Beginning January 10, exclusive "Pink" Knott's Berry Farm for the Cure merchandise are available at select locations in the park with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Orange County.
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. This post follows a media event to which I was invited.