I recently attended the Happy & Healthy Mom Fair which was a fantastic day – I met lots of wonderful people, made some really exciting connections, got a makeover, got a massage, enjoyed a free VIP swag bag, AND I met a sleep consultant who has already been to my house to help out with the insane sleep issues going on (great job to Karla of BellyButtonBotique and Before During and After Doula Services for organizing such a super mommy event!). While at the Happy & Healthy Mom Fair, I think I visited almost every single table to see who was offering what services but there was one table I could not bring myself to visit. It was a table called “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer” and there was a sweet little girl and a nice seeming guy sitting at the table and honestly, I blocked it. I wimped out and could not bring myself to go over there. Right now cancer hits a little too close to home for me. Yes, you think that would mean that I could actually benefit from going over and talking to some folks and hearing their story and what they were all about – but I couldn’t. My mind and my body just would not allow me to “go there” – physically or mentally and I completely avoided the sweet little girl and the smiling guy sitting at that table. Stay with me here because I’m not just confessing this for no reason. There *is* a point, I promise!
Anyway, a few days after the fair was over I got to thinking about how I totally skipped that table and how bad I felt about it. That I was too much of a wimp to go listen to their story and hear what they are going through no matter who much I didn’t want to think about it myself. So I vowed I would look them up later and reach out. But guess what?? Amazingly enough, I was contacted by them out of the blue and asked if I wanted more information. YES! I DID want more information!! So I got to hear the story after all and learn about The Maddie Movement and now I’d like to share it with you.
The Maddie Movement is an educational awareness program, inspiring young children and their families to never give up despite what life throws their way. Inspired by her own journey with breast cancer, Kerri Marie Conner (an Abington native) has written a children’s book from the point of view of her daughter Madison. The book is called My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Okay. Like the butterfly, Maddie’s mother takes a journey of transformation that gets her through her breast cancer to be an even stronger and healthy mommy to Madison. The book is a sweet and inspiring story that is uplifting and sure to help children and adults alike deal with the immense challenges and life changes of cancer. What I liked most about the story is that in the end, Maddie helps comfort another child who is scared because her mommy has breast cancer. Maddie assures her it will be ok and comforts her friend wit the story of the journey of the butterfly.
I missed my chance to meet Maddie in person at the Happy & Healthy Mom Fair recently. But, thankfully the month of October is dedicated to spreading awareness about The Maddie Movement, including book signing and activities for the entire family. So I still have a chance to meet her and so do you! Here is the line-up of Maddie Movement October events in the Philadelphia area:
10/9/10 – Color Book Gallery, Multicultural Bookstore
6353 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia
10/10/10 – Lolli Lolli
713 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
10/13/10 – Free Library, Richmond Branch
2987 Almond Street, Philadelphia
10/22/10 – Sweet and Sassy – Signature Event!!
The Shoppes at English Village
1460 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales
The Sweet and Sassy event is the Signature Event which will include a Pretty in Pink Fashion Show. All little girls will have the opportunity to have their nails painted pink, get refreshments, make crafts and enjoy story time. All while raising money and awareness for breast health awareness and recovery programs. $20 for the first child. $15 for each additional child.
** Space is limited. Please register at www.mymommyhasbreastcancer.com.
And finally, I have a copy of My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is OK! to giveaway thanks to the good folks at The Maddie Movement. To win this free copy of the book, leave a comment below by next Tuesday Oct. 12th at midnight. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced next Wed. Oct. 13th. Increase your chances to win by following us on facebook and/or twitter. If you already follow, just leave additional comments below that you already follow us. And if you tweet about the contest using the hashtag #phillyfun4kids, you get another chance to win. Make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win. Good luck!!
Many many thanks to The Maddie Movement folks for reaching out to me!! I’m honored to help spread the good word about your book and inspirational message.