Pop-Up Fundraiser for Damon Runyon!

Pop-Up Fundraiser for Damon Runyon!

I’m excited to sponsor a Pop-Up Fundraiser for Damon Runyon!

Real Estate Agents at my office, William Raveis Real Estate in Glastonbury, CT are crafting for cancer research as part of the annual William Raveis Charitable Fund events this month!

We’ll be meeting to paint Kindness Rocks to celebrate ROCKTOBER and my participation in the CPTV premier of Life Lessons: Cancer Today and Beyond. I am donating any profits from arts and crafts supplies or books purchased from my Amazon Affiliate links below, between now and October 24th as well!

My personal preference for decorating rocks are Artistro (I’ve tried the oil based but they also sell Acrylic) and Uni-Posca brand paint pens. Click the link below to start shopping!

Pop-Up Rock Painting Fund Raiser

To learn more about this hobby here are some books!



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Raise Money for Your Favorite Charity!

Raise Money for Your Favorite Charity!

I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in November 2012. One of the first things I did after the treatment of my primary tumor, was to search for more information online. I reached out to one organization called A Cure In Sight and offered to create a website for them. By January 2013, the site was live and I had researched available options for raising money for them. Here is a screenshot of the PuraVida Bracelets fundraising page.

In August 2018, I joined the Pura Vida Bracelets Affiliate Marketing Program, and sold bracelets online from this blog. I donated my profits to the annual Charity Fundraiser by my real estate broker, William Raveis Real Estate of Glastonbury, to benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and once again, to A Cure In Sight. Earlier this year my profits went to my husband’s fundraising efforts in the 2019 Closer to Free Ride to benefit my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Another way to raise money for your favorite charity, without having to join the Affiliate Marketing Program, is to create your very own Pura Vida bracelets! These one-of-a-kind bracelets come in two styles and are completely customizable with the colors that match your charity or school colors or even the colors of the season!

These bracelets are so affordable, they’d even make a great souvenier for attending an event! If your organization is tax exempt, after placing your order just send a quick email to fundraise@puravidabracelets.com with your order number and tax exempt form, and they’ll refund your sales tax! It’s simple to begin! Learn more and order yours today!

Thank You for your Donations!

#CTFRIDE

Thanks to the kindness of friends, family, and even “Anonymous” we just passed the half way mark toward our fund raising goal for the 2019 Closer to Free Ride!

This ride benefits my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and their programs such as Phase One Clinical Trials and the Melanoma Program!

Thank you also to the folks who made a purchase from Pura Vida using my affiliate links as part of my personal fundraising efforts! I donated my commissions today as well!

Amazon SMILE

Amazon SMILE

Did you know that you can earn money for charity when you shop online using the Amazon SMILE program! It’s true! The key is to watch the URL and once you are on the Amazon website, just change www to smile if the web address is not already pointing there. Then once you choose a charity from the list of participating organizations, that information will be saved in your profile. Just remember to navigate to the proper page (smile.amazon.com) before you place your shopping order!

EXAMPLE:


Try it for yourself by clicking my Amazon Affiliate Link below!

Kindness ROCKS!

#thekindnessrocksproject

I fell in love with The Kindness Rocks Project in 2017 when, during a walk from the Ferry Landing here in town, I found a painted rock on a bridge. I had been feeling sad, and this sweet surprise lifted my heart. I bought a few supplies and painted a few rocks, but then put my craft supplies aside.

My interest in this project changed when a few weeks ago a dear friend and I got together to paint rocks. Something about this process was totally meditative and really got me inspired.

#thekindnessrocksproject

Last week I donated a small box of rocks to my hospital for their effort to spread kindness.

Smilow Rocks is a local effort of The Kindness Rocks Project and shares the belief that one message at just the right moment can change someone’s day, outlook or life. Our goal is to spread kindness through painted rocks left for and created by patients, caregivers and staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT.

Glastonbury Rocks! is a local Kindness Rock Group I belong to on Facebook. It is mostly people decorating rocks “hide and seek” style; so people post photos of rocks they’ve decorated or found, and those who find a rock often rehide them instead of keep them.

Our local elementary school, Hopewell School, even started a Kindness Rock Garden with 3,000 rocks last year and hosted a book signing with the founder of the Project as well!  So this project is local, regional, national and even global!

If you want to spread kindness through painting rocks, the website reminds us to make sure to hashtag #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT but to be honest, I can never fit that many words so I just put #kindnessrockproject or #kindnessrock and the year on the back.


If anyone uses my Amazon Affiliate Links to purchase Arts & Crafts Supplies, I will be donating any commissions I earn from now until September 2019 to our fundraising for the 2019 CLOSER TO FREE RIDE to benefit my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital! Just make sure to use these links!


New PuraVida Affiliate Fundraiser!

New PuraVida Affiliate Fundraiser!

One of the reasons I selected PuraVida as one of my small collection of Affiliate partnerships, is the fact that they support a number of charities through the sale of jewelry from their Charity Collection – where “Every Bracelet Purchased Makes a Difference“!

Starting today and until the Closer to Free Ride in September 2019, I am going to donate my profits from the purchase of anything from PuraVida to my husband Paul Apito’s #CTFRIDE fundraising efforts!

“Pura Vida” means “pure life” in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, and refusing to take anything for granted embodies this laid back lifestyle. “Pura Vida” means living life to the fullest. It’s more than just a saying… it’s a lifestyle.

I’m even donating from the SALE products so make sure to check them out first!


UPDATE April 2019 – I got my fundraising order and these bracelets are so cute!


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CBD for CTF

CBD for CTF

CBD for Closer to Free

As many people know, for the past few years I have sold various products in order to raise money for charity. I donated gift baskets of products to raffles when I was a sales rep for NYR Organic a few years ago; I donated my profits from the purchase of a certain book about coping with ocular melanoma from customers who used my Amazon Affiliate Link; and as an affiliate of PuraVida I donated the profits from the sale of certain curated selection of jewelry to a number of different fund raisers. A few experiences last year helped me narrow down and focus my fundraising efforts going forward.

I am proud to plan to volunteer at the Closer to Free Ride in person at the Yale Bowl in September. And between now and then I am also working to raise funds for my husband Paul, who is riding 100 Miles to raise $1,000 in my honor, to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

In January I joined the health and wellness company Vitalibis as a Brand Ambassador. The Vitalibis products are focused on full-spectrum hemp CBD Oil!

Between now and ride day, September 7th, 2019, I am donating any profits I earn from the purchase* of our Soothing Body Cream to Paul’s Closer to Free Ride fund raising!

Vitalibis Soothing Body Cream is a topical rub which provides a cooling / warming sensation to targeted areas, while leaving your skin feeling moisturized. Includes a proprietary blend of oils, including Vitalibis’ premium full spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil with approximately 400mg of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids per tube. Perfect for massage therapists, sports practitioners, athletes and individuals with active lifestyles.

Let the training begin!

 


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*Eligible purchases must be made from my website https://www.vitalibis.com/sueapito/

Another Year Closer To Free

Another Year Closer To Free

I am really looking forward to participating as a Volunteer with the 9th Annual Closer to Free Ride! This will be our second year participating, me as a ride day volunteer at the Yale Bowl and Paul riding to raise donations. This year he will be riding 100 miles! Here is a photo from the finish line last year after finishing 65 miles.

The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my medical oncologist, Dr Sznol, who also rode as a fundraiser last year! Watch to enjoy some highlights from last year’s event.

Thank you to everyone in advance for their donations to Closer to Free, and thank you to Paul Apito for riding in my honor!

#CTFRIDE

#GivingTuesday

As you choose where your charitable donations go I’m sharing a post I made earlier this year: http://myeyeblog.info/choose-your-charity-wisely/

Everyone has something that speaks to them – pets, the environment, a disease like cancer that effects them or someone they love. The most important thing is to give. There are some opportunites through Facebook and PayPal where the non-profit organization can earn matching funds, so it might be a good idea to visit the Facebook Page for the charity of your choice before you donate. #GivingTuesday

One Step Closer to Free

As long as I’m alive I’ll participate in the Closer to Free event as a fund raiser or volunteer or maybe even some day as a rider.

I got discharged yesterday, after being in the hospital since Thursday. I just had my second microwave ablation of the ocular melanoma which spread to my liver. It was my six year diagnosis anniversary on Friday.

Thank you to everyone at Closer to Free Ride and Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital for fighting this battle with me! The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my doctor, Dr Sznol, who also rode in the ride. It is amazing and uplifting to see your actual doctor participating! Thank you to Paul Apito for riding and thanks to the friends and family for their generous donations! #closertofree