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!


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!

 


FTC DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for this post. This website contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on one of the links.

*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

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

Thank You! #CTFRide 2018

Thank You! #CTFRide 2018
Thank You Closer to Free for this graphic, borrowed from Facebook

Thank you to our friends and family who helped us with their donations to the Annual Closer to Free fundraising Ride! We had a goal of $500 and are #grateful to have raised $600!

Ride day started with waking at 4am – we were not supposed to wake up that early but we were both very nervous that we’d sleep through the alarm and miss the event! We had attended the rider pre-registration Friday evening before, so the bike was already in the racks at the Yale Bowl.

Saturday morning we joined over 1.900 other riders at the parking lot at 6:15am, just as dawn was breaking. The whole event was very cheerful and uplifting and inspiring as well as very well organized!

Paul rode the 65 Mile route and I Volunteered with the Yale Bowl Cheer group. It is surprising how tired and sore I am from over 5 hours of ringing a cow bell and cheering! LOL! Here are a few of my photos from the day. #CTFRide

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About Smilow Cancer Hospital

Smilow Cancer Hospital’s revolutionary design is based on research which links architecture and environment as an essential partner in the healing process along with advanced medicine and care. Every facet of the hospital was designed with the patient experience in mind: natural lighting, soaring atriums, improved ventilation and single-patient rooms.  Plus numerous open spaces, soft colors, a curated artwork program, a rooftop healing garden and the most caring, compassionate and professional staff in medicine today.

Learn more about our fundraising for the CLOSER TO FREE ride to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital

Closer to Free


The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center have an annual event to raise money for the Closer to Free Fund. This fund provides support for cancer research and patient care.

One of my goals is to do some fundraising for Closer to Free later this summer.

To learn more visit Closer to Free

It is important to me that when I do fundraising, I know where the money goes!

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Closer to Free riders and volunteers goes to research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

MAY 2018 — I am thrilled to announce that my husband Paul will be riding in the 2018 Closer To Free Ride to raise money for patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center!