Still Time To Support Send Me On Vacation with a Year End Contribution

Cathy Backus (right) attends SMOV Think Pink Bermuda Cruise.

Cathy Backus (right) attends SMOV Think Pink Bermuda Cruise.

Send Me On Vacation — a philanthropic group supporting breast cancer survivors — teaches us that vacations have the power to profoundly change the lives of breast cancer survivors. Send Me On Vacation provides survivors with a vacation experience that serves as a catalyst, bridging the physical treatment of cancer with the emotional healing process needed for complete recovery.

The group has just completed a Think Pink Bermuda cruise on NCL in October and is hosting a second cruise beginning on November 30th to Mexico on Carnival Cruise Line. During the stay in Bermuda, SMOV conducted two workshops at The Bermuda Cancer Center for more than 40 local survivors.

The last cruise was amazing, says SMOV Founder, Cathy Backus. “It totally exceeded my expectation. We had 35 people onboard and spent 7 days facilitating workshops, transforming survivors into Mermaids and memorializing the moment with a photo shoots.”

The cruises are the organization’s hallmark program called “A Mermaids Journey.” They provide a much-needed vacation for SMOV recipients and an opportunity to engage in programs that accelerate healing. Once a year the Mermaid’s Journey experience is offered as an empowerment retreat to the public to assist women in connecting to their inner mermaid. Thanks to Sponsor-donated accommodations the money collected from attendees goes toward fundraising. Last year the event was sponsored by SFX Preferred Resorts and Vidante.

Make a donation online at sendmeonvacation.org or email Cathy@sendmeonvacation.org to donate a week or air miles.

DORS–Christel DeHaan’s efforts to save futures!

Can we find a woman to admire more than our own beloved Christel DeHaan? I don’t think so! Read her letter to me:

One of the most gratifying aspects of my role as Founder and CEO of Christel House is sharing student success stories. Our kids around the globe are accomplishing great things and their lives are being transformed.

On June 5, we celebrated another milestone – this time for adult students in our Dropout Recovery School (DORS) program. On that day, twenty graduates – aged 18 to 56 – received their high school diplomas, including a mother and son.

Our students’ stories are unique, and their reasons for having dropped out of high school vary. But, all demonstrate important qualities that point to their future success, including a strong work ethic, determination and perseverance.

I applaud their courageous efforts, and thought you would enjoy this short video of our graduates telling in their own words what Christel House means to them.