Breast cancer, brain cancer, cancer of all shapes and sizes

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"Step with care and great tact and remember that life's a great balancing act..."  meaningful words from the wise Dr. Seuss.

Hi! My name is Megan and I’m an Account Executive at WSOC-TV. Like most people, I have fallen into the trap of the hustle bustle of the day-in and day-out priorities, and sometimes I forget what really matters in life and exactly how to balance it all.

I have been so blessed my entire life, and continue to be. I come from a loving family with parents who have been married for 40 years, three older brothers (yes, I am the baby girl with an army of men to look out for me), a boyfriend who is my best friend, and a career that I am so passionate about. Living the life I always dreamt of, I never imagined any disappointment would be able to break through the cracks and seep into my world, especially nothing as severe as cancer.

However cancer found a way in a few years back when my adoring Grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately this terrible disease took the world’s best grandmother from us only a week after she was diagnosed.

After this, I honestly didn’t think that it would hit home again, especially not to someone so young. I mean, young people don’t get cancer, right? Wrong!

A wake-up call hit me a couple years ago when one of my brothers was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On this day, my mind went blank and the only thing I was trying to balance was how this could be true. He's too young, he's too healthy, it can't be true because this kind of stuff can't happen to me and my family...

Well it did. The steps he has taken from there that day and every day since, he has taken with care and great tact and has learned to live his life as a balancing act. He’s even kept this balance after discovering that after two years of clear MRIs, the tumor unfortunately has grown and he has to start radiation and chemotherapy. His outlook is so positive that he won’t let it interrupt his life, and he is the one comforting the family and ensuring us all that he will be just fine.

His strength and courage inspire me daily and because of this, I vowed that I would be more involved in cancer foundations of any kind. But a vow is merely words until you actually get off your booty and do something about it!  

So this year I finally said “no more excuses” and am LITERALLY getting off my booty by committing to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte Oct. 26 and 27th. I’ll participate in this fight against breast cancer not only by raising $1,800 on my own to help fund research, but also by walking 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this October. I will be walking in honor of my brother, all the women and men fighting ANY battle with cancer, my dear friend Nancy who is one year breast cancer-free, and for all the family members and friends that are the support system throughout the emotional fight.

I challenge you today to take a moment away from all of life’s distractions and help make a difference by supporting me on my fundraising efforts by donating here. Or walk with us! The more of us who walk, the more of us survive!