UPDATED: More donors listed!
Twelve more days before the Underwear Affair, and I’ve done countless runs and two 10Ks (one today) since I decided in April that I would #RunforRose. First of all, I would love to thank the following people for helping me surpass my goal of $500 for the BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair (in alphabetical order):
- Anonymous – beautiful lady who’ll get very far in life!
- Anonymous – beautiful lady who I look up to so much!
- Antonio Ramirez (my dad)
- Cindy Morrison
- Julius and Joyce Ramirez
- Ms. Kim Decker
- St. Monica’s Bake Sale
- Ted Townsend
- Zahid Ali
- Vie Ramirez + Lot Ramirez (my mom)
- Fiona Kut
Their support has been amazing and have made my day since every donation counts to reaching the goal of eliminating cancer. I am so thankful for my supporters and can’t wait to have more people join me! So far, the Underwear Affair has raised over $4 million for research on cancers specifically below the waist, conducted by the BC Cancer Agency.
I want to give a special shout out to my team, Just Jaina for fundraising as well. Originally it was just my friend, Janina and I. Now, we might need to change the name since my cousin who not only donated, will also be participating at the 10K race with us! Julius Ramirez is my cousin, and Nanay and Tatay’s first grandchild. I am so touched that he is joining the race after hearing about it from me, even though he lives all the way in Washington. That is amazing! Him and his wife, Ate Joyce will be joining us that weekend.
“There were a lot of stuff that we sacrificed in order to migrate to US/ Canada. One of them is the time and the love of our family. We will never get them back. The only thing we can do is to live the rest of our lives where our grandparents/love ones will be proud of us.” –Julius Ramirez on why he is running for Rose as well.
Read more reasons on why you should donate to the Underwear Affair. Here are some facts about cancer below the waist, from the BC Cancer Agency:
- Cancers that occur below the waist are often deemed taboo; therefore, do not receive the level of awareness or funding that they need. Due to the location of these cancers, regular screening is often avoided even though it is a key element to early detection and prevention.
- 48 per cent of new cancer cases in B.C this year will involve those which occur below the belt. Funds raised by The Underwear Affair are put to use funding leading-edge research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency for cancers such as: prostate, testicular, ovarian, uterine, colorectal, bladder and cervical.
- Thanks to research that proved ovarian cancer actually arises in the fallopian tube, BC gynecological oncologists changed their surgical practice to remove fallopian tubes during routine hysterectomy and tubal ligation procedures. This may reduce ovarian cancer deaths by up to 50 per cent!
Underwear Affair participants will be cheered on along the route by devoted supporters and great music. If you won’t be able to run this year, I encourage you to volunteer for that one special day. It’s not too late to sign up!
For more information, please visit www.uncoverthecure.org or call (604) 734-2873