Be in the Pink!

I have to say this is one of the hardest posts I have ever written. This month is breast cancer awareness month. Did you know that every three minutes, a women is diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is estimated that 226, 870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and about 39,510 will die from the cancer. Breast Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. Please make sure to read to the end of this post to find out a fun and easy way for you to donate to help find a cure.
I would like for you to meet Shawn, she has a smile that will light up any room!
I had the honor of getting to know Shawn over a year ago when our church decided to throw a fundraiser for her, she had breast cancer that had spread to other areas of her body including her brain and was undergoing treatment. As you may, or may not, know whether you have insurance or not being faced with medical bills of this stature can devastate a family. We held a silent auction and a spaghetti dinner and raised around $15,000 for Shawn and her Family. Shawn is 42 and has 3 young boys. Our church has followed along with Shawn and her family to share the good and the bad. Her sister is one of the most valiant people I have ever met. Shawn has always had a smile on her face no matter what was going on.
Shawn and her Sister 
A few weeks ago it was announced that Shawn and her family had decided to discontinue treatment. Last Sunday Shawn lost her battle with breast cancer. I was not one of Shawn’s best friends, I did not see her very often however her death has really touched me. She was only one year younger than me and her sons are around the age of mine. Second I remember when my family faced the death of a spouse and father but by the grace of a wonderful friend had a different outcome. On Tuesday I was asked to share a wonderful way to celebrate the brave women who fight this disease and raise money to do just that. Knowing that God works in mysterious and wonderful ways I decided to go with it
Wednesday was Shawn’s funeral and I watched as her brave boys sat to honor there wife and mother. As I listened to two of her best friends speak about her I realized what an honor it must have been to have this women in therir lives. She was the kind of mother we all strive to be. She had game nights with her family, she insisted on family dinners and made homemade custom cakes for all of her children’s birthdays. It was clear that she honored her children and relished her every moment with them, not just when she was sick but from the very beginning. She volunteered at there school, she sewed and cooked and always gave of her time. She was a loving sister, friend and wife. I asked her sister permission to introduce you to this wonderful woman.  I have only been able to think since that day about what I can do to become a better mother and honor Shawn by not wasting the gift of time. 
So how can you help raise money to fight breast cancer? During the month of October, Estroven is providing women with the necessary tools to host a Sleep Pink-themed party on The site will allow party hosts to upload photographs of their events, and 
for every photo, the company will pledge $100 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. 
It will also provide information to help organize the Sleep Pink parties including downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas. To find out how to host an Estroven Sleep Pink-themed party and raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit
So for the month of October all you need to do is throw a Sleep Pink Party with your friends (it only has to be one friend)  and link up your photo to Estrovens Facebook Page I know Shawn loved a good party so she will be smiling from above as we raise money to help others, after all it was one of the things she was all about, helping others.

So here is the pic from my first party, Me, Shawn and my promise to honor her as a mother and a wife.



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.


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I'm a mom of 3 boys, 2 by birth one by marriage. I love to cook, watch chick flicks, read and drink wine. I hate cleaning up my craft messes, doing laundry and the dishes! I love watching my boys grow and change and see how differently they view the world. Join me on the blog where I try to provide you with recipes and tips to make your life easier!


  1. Anonymous says

    you just made me cry- Angelle

  2. Mary says

    Kelley!! You are amazing to have written this…much stronger than I, girlfriend!! When are we going to have our slumberparty? Love you!

  3. says

    I will work on it! Thanks for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday goes

  4. says

    Great post. Thanks for sharing this on Marvelous Mondays. I appreciate you spreading the word about cancer awareness.

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