CFTC's first opportunity to help Kim came in the form of financial assistance. Then, when she was ready to re-enter the workplace, CFTC helped her update her resume and coached her for interviews. CFTC even helped Kim identify appropriate jobs. With a little help and a great attitude, Kim landed a a wonderful job with the catering company that just so happened to cater our first Critters (and Couture!) for the Cure Fashion Show Gala with Bloomingdales!
Susan found herself homeless following her discharge from surgery. CFTC was able to fund her temporary housing (a full suite with kitchen at a local Marriott Suites. Marriott HQ was kind enough to allow her to stay while her friends cared for her daily throughout her recuperation. Almost a month later, when she was strong enough to leave, CFTC helped her find other living arrangements that she could afford. Marriott HQ extended its support by providing additional financial assistance to help Susan get back on her feet.
In Annette's words:
Dear Clancy,Thank you SO much for your support. I am a breast cancer survivor. I received my diagnosis in the Fall of 1999. When I heard the news, the first thing I did was contact my husband and told him we needed to go dancing. And that's what we did, we danced and danced, we then cried and cried.
And after multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, I was ready for a breast implant. But it was not meant to be. The process caused an infection and the implant surgery was postponed. I am truly blessed because despite not having the cosmetic enhancement, I am alive today... cancer free and still dancing with my husband.
Yet every day has not been easy, and we have had struggles that life presents, but I remain grateful. Especially for the pleasant surprises that come when one person touches another with their strong sense of compassion. The world needs compassion as much as we need air to breathe. Whether it is for a short conversation to brighten someone's day or holding someone's and through the toughest news of their life, we all need the love and warmth from others to get us through.
I am so grateful that you have been able to assist me. I have been using the same prosthesis for years now, and when we went to Cheryl's Boutique for a new bra (CeCe is phenomenal as I am sure you know... truly a wonderful person), we were told that I may be able to get a silicon version that would feel and look more natural. Unfortunately, my coverage would not pay for it and the cost was very steep. My husband promised me that it would all work out, that we would just take our time to try and manage our funds to make it so. Although I remained hopeful, I am not confident that it would have happened in the near future. Now I know that hope is a powerful thing... for shortly after that, CFTC came to the rescue!
My new prosthesis is absolutely beautiful and feels great! It's only been a few days, but I am already trying on outfits I had never worn in public. It has made a huge difference and we are so very grateful for your assistance.
Thank you, Critters For The Cure, for your compassion and care :) Clancy, I am sure you must touch people like me everyday, and I hope you know how special you have made me feel. Please continue to show and share your compassion,understanding and selfless support. I will let people know about your efforts and wonderful organization. Again, you have touched my life in such a marvelous and lasting way.
Thank you again and God Bless.