I’ll admit it – I love the holidays. I love the smell of pine and cinnamon and the cold air and the pretty lights and time with loved ones. I love spending an entire day baking cookies to give away (and eat a lot, too). I love making lists of ideas for the perfect gifts to give, crossing things off my list, and most of all – wrapping said gifts.
The last part is why a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. Gifts can be burdensome – whether you’re on the giving or receiving end. For example, my brother hates giving my parents his obligatory wish list every year. But he’s hard to shop for! And then there’s the cost. Yes, I know – homemade gifts are best. But that’s not realistic for everyone.
So instead of focusing on “things” especially after the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, how about we focus on giving something not quite as tangible. Sure, everything comes with a price tag. I’m asking you to write a check or enter your credit card information, and you’re going to see that amount deducted from your bank account in one way or another. But wouldn’t you say that a $50 (just a suggestion!) donation to one of the world’s leading cancer research institutions is worth its weight in gold?
Today is #GivingTuesday, and I encourage you to consider donating to my marathon run. It’s tax-deductible and one hundred percent of every dollar raised by the DFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Check out this short video to see how funds raised through DFMC are fueling some of today’s most promising basic cancer research.