Every year when October rolls around, you expect to see the sea of pink, pretty looped ribbons, charity races, brave stories of life and loss, and friends and family members rallying in solidarity for their breast cancer warriors. One in eight women receive a breast cancer diagnosis, so there is a good chance breast cancer has impacted someone in your close circle. The one sure thing about cancer is that it doesn't discriminate, and JADA Roofing is no exception.
One of JADA Roofing’s owners, Dawn McCarthy, was fortunate to have detected her breast cancer early last year. Diagnosed on July 06, 2018, she fought aggressively with the love and support of her family and friends, an incredible medical team, and many prayers. Dawn endured a double mastectomy on August 7, 2018, and traveled a long road to recovery. Today, she is cancer-FREE, and more than surviving…she is THRIVING! She inspires us all as she embodies the very definition of “life” with her vitality, vigor, and energy.
As Dawn regained her health, she began to look for a tangible way to celebrate her survival by helping someone else. True to the JADA way, she and Jeff decided to pay it forward with an inaugural, annual Breast Cancer Giveaway. The JADA team published several posts asking for nominations for local cancer warriors to receive a care package. Within a very short time, the touching stories of women at different stages of diagnosis came rolling in.
When you take the time to consider what others are going through in fighting this awful disease, it can be overwhelming. Fighting cancer can rob you of your energy, finances, joy, activities, work, time, relationships and dignity. It can leave you in pain, exhausted, penniless and hopeless. It can make you experience fear and injustice in an entirely new capacity. If you are fortunate, you may have a strong support system in place to help you. Even then, it can be incredibly difficult to bear, and the JADA team wanted so much to be a blessing to the winner of the care package.
On October 30, 2019, we drew one name from all of the nominations to receive our care package. Carla, the winner and local owner of Carla's Grooming, was nominated by one of her clients, Danyse. Already intimately familiar with the grim reality of a diagnosis after losing her best friend, Danyse rallies regularly to bring awareness and fund research for breast cancer. Her nomination post said, "...I am posting on behalf of my amazing groomer Carla! She is at home recovering from BC surgery last week!! We appreciate her and wish we could do more!!"
Last week, coincidentally on "World Kindness Day," Dawn and some of the JADA team had the honor of meeting both Carla and Danyse to deliver the care package. It was truly a pleasure to spend a short amount of time with these ladies, sharing stories and celebrating survival. Carla was two weeks post-op, beautifully smiling and grateful for Danyse, her nomination, news of clear margins, and this simple token of support. The JADA team was honored to be able to celebrate her recent good report, and offer prayers and support for her upcoming treatments.
Survival is such a precious gift. So many that are impacted by this awful disease never get to have that next life chapter. JADA Roofing is overwhelmingly grateful for Dawn and Carla's survival stories. We are touched by those that took the time to share the plights of their loved ones battling cancer. And our hope is renewed in a much more personal way by the events of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Thank you to those participating in our giveaway. Be sure to look out for next year's drawing. Friends, family and community are a priceless lifeline and we don't plan on taking it for granted.
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