Coming From Contribution

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Santa Fe 40056

I'm new to this community, so let me give you fair warning - I'm am open book when it comes to blogging about my passions, my past and my aspirations. One of the reasons is that life gave me great gifts - a wonderful family, many friends, a beautiful place to live, a wonderful career, and two other really interesting things: a stage iv colon cancer diagnosis in November 2012 and total recovery from that diagnosis. Without wanting to sound too dramatic, I feel like I stood at the abyss and was then miraculously pulled back.

I can't tell you why my life has been so charmed, but I can tell you that I do believe this: To whom much is given, much is required. So now I come from contribution. Every day. I only get so many days and hours allotted to me. I want to use those days and hours to make a difference for someone who might hear these words, "You have stage iv cancer," today. Or any stage. The words are so awful. And when you hear them, the ability to handle small details flies out of your head and you're left with the staggering knowledge of your mortality. 

One of the ways I come from contribution is by being very actively involved in the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM) as a Board Member. This nonprofit provide real services to cancer patients in northern New Mexico, from gas and grocery cards to lodging for folks who drive in from rural locales to social worker assistance to chemo/radiation suite volunteers. If someone needs a set of tires so that they can travel to treatment, CFFNM provides those tires. If they have to travel to MD Anderson for treatment they can't get here, we help with those expenses. In very practical terms, CFFNM makes sure that the small details are not what keep patients from getting the treatment they need.

So why am I writing today? I woke up inspired by all the very generous posts I've read in the past few days, and I wanted to ask a favor. On February 11, CFFNM will have their annual Sweetheart Auction, at which we raise over half of our annual operating expenses.

The auction items are amazing - a 12 night safari in Zambia, trout fishing in some of the best waters in the country, Native American sculpture and artwork, celebrity dinners, and a whole lot more. (http://cffnm.org/sweetheart-auction/auction-items/) The hanging artwork alone is stunning. Almost 1,000 attendees will spend a fun evening at the Santa Fe Convention Center and they'll collectively raise funds that help us help our neighbors who need it the most.

We have a deadline of January 9 for submission of auction item forms. I just wondered if there is ANYONE in this community who might have a vacation home for which they'd like to donate a week or two or three nights. Santa Fe is a wonderful place - but we like to get out of here and see the rest of the world as well. Or perhaps you have a beautiful work of art or piece of jewelry that you'd like to let go for a tax deduction.

If I'm overstepping, I'm sure someone will let me know. I just feel so much joy at being healthy and well, and I want other cancer patients to have the opportunity to get the treatment they need. 

In any event, if you're interested, email me at bunnyterry@kw.com and I'll send you a donation form. 

Thanks for considering my request. And thanks for welcoming me to ActiveRain with such open arms.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Posted by

Bunny Terry

www.ilovesantafehomes.com

Keller Williams Santa Fe

130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite K

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

 

Comments (5)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bunny,

I don't think you are overstepping at all.  It never hurts to ask.  I don't have a vacation home to donate to the cause.  Wishing you the best in finding one, and great success with this auction.  A

Jan 04, 2017 07:42 AM
Bunny Terry

Thanks for that! I'm the queen of asking for help with the causes I love.

Jan 04, 2017 07:47 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Bunny,
It's YOUR blog.  You can't overstep your bounds here.  I love this post.  I don't really have anything to offer for the auction but I wish you great success with this fundraiser!  

Congratulations on whipping the cancer!!!  You have been blessed with the perspective of how quick life can be taken and to appreciate every single moment.  

Onward...

Jan 04, 2017 07:54 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you for sharing your story with us Bunny Terry . I got a new lease on life two years ago February after surviving a heart attack. I also love sharing in this community and if you check out my posts you will see I talk alot about my kids and other non-Real Estate issues. Nice to have you aboard the good ship Active Rain.

Jan 04, 2017 09:25 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Well here we go with more about your cancer diagnosis, and how you choose to make it a positive. You are really quite inspirational, Bunny. I am sorry we can't help out with a vacation rental in your area. And, I agree with my pal, Alexandra - you're not overstepping at all. 

Jan 05, 2017 02:34 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Hope your fundraiser was a success!

I will add Wishing Everyone Happy and Successful New Year!

Jan 01, 2018 03:43 PM