Lung Leavin’ Day

Have you ever been afraid?

(You’re probably thinking, “Um…who HASN’T been?”)

Recently activists Cameron and Heather Von St. James emailed me about a cause dear to their hearts called:

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Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma (a type of cancer) and given 15 months to live…only she’d just had a little girl. When the opportunity for a life-saving surgery came along, she left her lung behind. But not her life. Guess what. Eight years have passed, and she is alive and well.

So what does this have to do with yours and my fears? Well in the words of Cameron (Heather’s husband):

The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears!  Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire.  We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life!

You can check out the rest of Heather’s story here! Lung Leavin’ Day is February 2, and I hope much awareness and funds can be raised. I also hope you and I can be reminded to leave our fears behind and live with courage and hope.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

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