Monday, February 16, 2009

Cruising Against Cancer

Sometimes it seems there’s a ribbon color for every conceivable cause. One of the most well known is the pink ribbon representing breast cancer. Did you know that a lavender ribbon stands for all cancers?

Like many families, ours has been touched by cancer. I’m probably one of the last people that a lot of folks would picture having a tattoo. Yet, last year I had a lavender ribbon tattooed above my ankle as a tribute to family and friends who have been touched by this horrible disease.

Healing happens in parts. My tattoo was a part of my healing. Now I’ve moved on to the next part which is an urge to be proactive and to use my skills to help others in some way. I’m using my training and experience as a travel consultant to create a group cruise for all participants to enjoy while it serves as a fundraiser to help fight cancer.

Everyone is welcome to join us! Our cruise is set for October 25- a Mexican Riviera cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. "Mariner" is a beautiful ship, a whimsical and fun place to spend a week's vacation. She’s a perfect choice for our first Cruising Against Cancer fundraiser. A donation of $100 per cabin will be sent to the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS raises money for research, provides cancer education and helps individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families.

We purposely picked an accessible ship. It’s one I’ve sailed on myself. We have a limited number of accessible cabins for wheelchair users and those needing adapted bathrooms. Reservations will be available to be made on Friday, February 20. However, we are beginning to take waitlists today. Those who are waitlisted will have priority reservations on Friday before new inquiries.

More information is available at Cruising Against Cancer. I hope you’ll join me. Let’s make a difference... an eventual future without cancer. And let’s have fun doing it. I’m looking forward to cruising with you!

-Connie