The Power of An Idea…

Pink comes in many shades and so does help. As we embark upon National Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to highlight some people who are doing some pretty powerful yet often simple things to help others. Some of them have to do with breast cancer and some don’t. Some of them have been around for a while, others are just getting started.

A year ago while gathering research for my book I stumbled across Dan Dewey whose kind gesture to buy a Starbucks coffee for everyone having chemo with his dad blossomed into a weekly ritual that still continues to this day, even though his dad passed away in 2008.

I recently met two other people through a friend of mine Lisa Nigro whose own idea to start Inspiration Café  ended up with her receiving the 2010 Presidents Citizens Medal! Lisa asked if I would be part of a think tank of teachers to help her friend Matt to hone his ideas for his A Bigger World Foundation which believes that youth + travel + passion = changing the world. We all met at Curt’s Café in Evanston, the amazing brain child of Susan Trieschmann, who believes in “serving up good portions of hope and opportunity.”

Just last week, a friend alerted me to Cassandra Christopher-Summers who started Mary’s Room a not-for-profit group dedicated to redecorating the bedrooms of breast cancer patients. A simple but powerful concept!

This summer I also met Kendra Olvany who was inspired by her sister’s breast cancer diagnosis to launch the Licorice Project, an upcoming website dedicated to helping others navigate this disease.

The cool thing about all these people is they started with an idea, talked about it and tried it. That’s what I’m trying to do, one book – one patient at a time. Please don’t underestimate the power of your thoughts actions and deeds. If you have an idea to help someone out, go for it!  The only failure you will experience is in not trying.

“Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.” 

W. Clement Stone

What idea can we help you with?

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