Love Drop #11: Marci!

November 2011 – Marci

This month we’re coming together for Marci, a super strong wife and mom of three from Colorado who’s beaten breast cancer twice already. Now she’s been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer that’s spread into her lungs and lymph nodes. She’s spent the better part of the last decade fundraising for cancer research, and also spending time with those affected by it.

The most important thing in Marci’s life is quality time with her family, so we want to give them an all-expense-paid vacation before she begins her toughest battle yet.

Let’s get creative – airline miles, timeshares, destination packages, money – whatever we can do! Email us ideas

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Marci and her family are burdened with huge medical bills right now, but when we talked to her on the phone, the overwhelming feeling we got was that she adores her family and wants everyone to be able to relax a little bit and forget about all the stress of not one, not two, but now three huge battles with a life-threatening disease. She cares about them so much and wants to do what she can to help them enjoy life, which is very difficult right now.

Any of us in the same situation would probably use any extra money toward medical bills, so that’s why this month we want to instead focus on giving Marci and family the gift of quality time together. Let’s send them somewhere amazing and help them form memories that will last forever! We’re looking for creative ideas this month… financial gifts too, but also anything that will help them escape together for a while.

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This family has been a constant source of inspiration ever since Marci was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2004. They’ve worked through all the pain in their own lives together, but beyond that, they’ve helped other families struggling with the same thing.

In addition to fundraising for cancer research and support, Marci has volunteered her time with patients, many times sitting with them and holding their hands even ‘til the end. Her teenage daughter is a champion swimmer, and uses her platform to speak about cancer, support, and current needs in the fight against it all over the country.

They’ve all been so strong for so long, and now it’s our turn. Let’s provide them with a chance to rest, relax, and simply enjoy each other in a lovely atmosphere. We can give them that gift.

      Learn more about Marci and her beautiful family: Video #2 | Video #3
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Episode #2: Marci Leads Her Incredible Army

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Marci’s family and friends know the depth of her strength because they’ve watched her fight breast cancer. . . twice. Although they’re banding together again and gearing up to help her fight a third battle with this disease, they say she is the one who inspires and encourages them to push forward.

A recent two-time triathlete, Marci isn’t letting this latest diagnosis stop her from living life to its full potential. Cancer may be stealing her health but she’s trying to stay one step ahead of it. Now more than ever, she lives in the moment and encourages others to do the same.

This month, we want you to be part of Marci’s Army. Let’s help stop her world for just a few days so she can soak up precious moments with her husband and children. We know we can do this for her. Help us give her the best gift right now – time!

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Episode #3: Fight, Fundraise, Foster Hope… Repeat

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Marci’s cancer is back and her family knows exactly what to do, support her fight. Marci knows her condition cannot be cured but it can be treated, which is why she donates so much of her time to creating awareness and fundraising for cancer research.

Over the past 7 years she has seen firsthand the improvement in cancer treatment because of money raised from campaigns including the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. Marci has a fighter’s spirit who tells her family and others with cancer, “don’t count us out. We’re going to get back up and be stronger than before.”

Let’s give this strong woman and her tough family a little time to connect in a way that doesn’t involve cancer. Put on your Mickey Mouse ears and let’s think FAMILY FUN!

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Marci’s Love Drop!

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WE DID IT, TEAM! We gave Marci and her entire family a handful of WONDERFUL vacations together – it was so fun! You’ll have to watch the video to see how we presented them all (we thought it was pretty clever, hehe) but here are a handful of the AWESOME gifts we gave them:

— A family trip for five to Aruba!! Including lodging, airfare, food, and even spending money!
— A romantic trip for two to New York city :)
— And many many other wonderful surprises, including a brand new nice camera (woo!).

You all really out did yourselves this month, and we couldn’t be more proud. THANK YOU for making such positive change with us all year long, you’ve touched so many lives!

[To check out the pictures, click here.]

  • We sent Marci and her entire family to ARUBA!!! – You guys did it! Our mission was to get them to spend more quality time together, and WOW did y’all come up with some whoppers :) The first being an ALL-INCLUSIVE family of 5 trip to Aruba including all airfare (thanks Joni & Wally!), lodging (a house 1 mile from the beach – thanks Kim!), $500 worth food!, and a $1,000 shopping spree – perfect for any scuba diving or other family activities they may wanna do together while there. A one-week vacation of bliss. Doesn’t get more relaxing than that!
  • We then gave them a romantic weekend for TWO to New York city! Because we all know parents need a break from there loving kids too :) So with help from some *awesome* people out there, we were able to send Marci and Dave on a round-trip getaway to NYC to not only spend some quality time together as a couple, but to also check out some night life (Thx Goldstar!) and a fancy pants dinner with each other too. And did we mention they’ll be staying at the downtown Times Square Marriott? Woohoo!
  • Also hooked them up with a family getaway to Estes Park – a local attraction filled with family friendly activities and quaint lodging. Perfect for a little relaxing and unwinding time close by whenever they need it :)
  • Got them a brand new Canon camera & lens too!! So they can take alllllll the photos they want, on alllll the adventures they’ll soon be going on. Best Buy hooked them up with a nice bag and other goodies like filters and a memory stick too – nothing but the best for our Love Drop recipients! :)
  • Filled a suitcase full of fun items and packages — Esp. for their trip to Aruba like bright t-shirts (that spell out A-R-U-B-A, haha… good idea Melissa!), maps and travel books, stuffed animals, and the one thing we always forget when we go away — toiletries! Fellow Love Drop member Edward was thoughtful enough to fill up 5 little bags full of goodies for them so they’ll always be prepared ;) Good one, Ed!
  • Gave them a $250 Gift card to Macaroni Grill — Compliments of the team over there! To help with food during all the times their family needs a break from cooking :)
  • A $100 Visa card – From dear friend and Love Drop member, ColoradoMom! (Which was certainly fitting considering we were in Colorado this month! Hehe :))
  • A $25 Target gift card – From another awesome person!
  • 6 months of meal plans from – our yearly partner!
  • And 6 months worth of coaching services through Hope Couching – for anytime Marci, or any of her family members, just need some private time to talk and get some refreshing advice. We love you for always offering this up, Ronae!

Another incredible success, team! Y’all just keep bringing the love and making these Drops amazing month in and month out. Give yourselves a hearty pat on the back – way to spread the positivity :)

Special thanks goes out to both Emily and Melissa too for not only helping to organize a lot of this month’s festivities, but also for stepping in and helping with the photography and capturing all of the great moments we shared together. Thank you so very much for helping us to pull it off!

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A Thank You Note From Dave & Marci :)

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