In 2007, while working at a small, private Long Term Care insurance brokerage agency, a very important person came into my life that would have a greater effect on my world than I could even fathom. Michelle Domino would soon become one of my closest friends and someone who I am so incredibly proud and honored to know. In late 2008, my step father was diagnosed with cancer. I was with Michelle when I learned the news. It was then that I became involved with trying to do my part in making a difference for not only cancer patients and survivors, but their families as well. Cancer, as I quickly learned, affects everyone somehow. In 2009, through Michelle and Brian, I was introduced to the Kettner’s and Carter’s story. Back then it was the Carter Kettner fan club and I was quickly drawn into being a part of the “club”.
I participated in small fundraisers, bought “Cooley” wear t-shirts, attended purse parties and pub crawls, and kept close tabs on Carter’s progress through numerous blog updates from Joe. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the blue gumball loving, knuckle bumping, cooley kicking super star and I knew the “Cooley Crew” would do great things in Carter’s honor. Though I never was able to meet Carter in person, I feel that through my friends Michelle and Brian, the foundation, and Carter’s parents Joe and Cinnamon, I really did know him and I succeeded in making a difference in his short life.
I know that Carter is incredibly proud of his cooley family for all of the smiles and “dreams come true” that they have provided to children through their Kiss of Hope program. Someone once said – you have never truly lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. That is what cancer kiss my cooley is all about. Being completely selfless and helping those who need it while expecting nothing but a smile or laugh in return. Too many lives are touched by cancer every day. By being a part of cancer kiss my cooley, it will give me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children who are living with this horrible disease and their families and loved ones who are affected by it.
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