Fall is here, one of my favorite times of the year.

I often think about the annual vacation trips that I would take to see my grandmother Blanche in Detroit.  I usually went the third week of October and celebrated her birthday with her.  We would go visit our same places almost every year including the stop at the cider mill for cold apple cider and brown donuts. 

If you haven’t guessed yet, this is Tina Tannery and I have hijacked Michael’s blog this week to discuss something that impacts all of us.

I think you know how I feel.   CANCER SUCKS

CANCER SUCKS – easy to say, yet there are so many unique other diseases that impact families across the entire USA and world.  Today Michael had a meeting with clients who shared the medical struggle that their daughter in laws father is facing.  His struggle is about proteins around his heart.  Annually there are 4,000 people in the United States that get this diagnosis.  With 330,000,000 people that is a small number.  Mathematically it is just 0.0001212%, to this family, this is the most important disease to conquer.

My message to you

It is direct and to a point for all our clients and friends.

I have two specific requests.
  1.  Take my gentle push and whether you are male or female, go get your annual exam.   Stay ahead of your health with early detection.  It is much easier on you than going through what I and many other survivors have struggled through and continue to daily.
  1. Think before you give.  We all want to eradicate disease and our emotions impact how we give.  The Christmas and Hanukkah season is only ten weeks away and many of us choose to make contributions at this time of year.
Before you give, check the charity out and see how much of your donation goes to research or to the intended benefactors.

How do you do that? 

Charity Navigator is your resource.

“Charity Navigator was founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In our quest to help donors, our team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. We’ve used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, a numbers-based rating system to assess over 9,000 of America’s best-known and some lesser-known, but worthy, charities.”

Don’t get me wrong, I support giving and want to do more. 

Yes, October is breast cancer awareness month and as a survivor, I feel it’s important to share the reality of breast cancer.

I don’t give a damn about saving the Tata’s or cute pink hearts, breast cancer isn’t pretty, pink or lacy.  It and all other cancers are life-altering, deadly disease that leaves you forever changed even if you are one of the “lucky ones” that survives.

This October and every day make sure your donations are going to the focus of your giving.

A disease that is killing tens of thousands of women every year shouldn’t be wrapped in a pretty pink bow and used to sell socks and hats. #thisisnotpink

Thank you for your love, kindness, and support our entire office and family has felt your love.

I am thinking that we need to go to the State Fair one more day with a beautiful fall weekend.

Tina Tannery


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