And thank goodness for the cookies along with our generous neighbors and friends. It appears that the chip in the armour of the garage sale professional is of the chocolate variety.
The reason for our garage sale was to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and kick off our fundraising activities for our Light the Night Walk. I mentioned in a soppy post last year about how amazing being a part of last year's Light the Night Walk was for me. Taking part in the walk last year, weary from the chemo was inspiring. Being surrounded by all the people out there who support families like us boosted our spirits and made me feel a lot less lost in the world. This year, I am actually due to speak at the event, which I'm really excited about - hence the Garage sale fundraising activities. Even though there was a little more haggling than I anticipated, it was fun and we still raised $510.
Thanks to all our neighbors who donated lots of amazing items to sell and helped set up. It was great talking to everyone who came by, especially those who had also been affected by cancer in one way or another.
I was asked why I choose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a cause, so I thought I would share. In addition to the support I have received, it's because of the research they fund. Dr. Carl June in the video below is an LLS funded researcher. For me, having seen people dying of HIV/Aids first hand during my Aid Worker days, it is somewhat awe-inspiring to see that the virus is being used by researchers to help the body kill cancer cells -- a chip in cancer's armour.