In Honor of Someone

@AmbiePam (50146)
United States
January 21, 2012 8:52pm CST
I was wondering if any of you have donated to a cause or charity in memoriam or in honor of someone who has died or maybe even is still alive. A wonderful lady in my church passed away Thursday of cervical cancer. By the time it was discovered last Novemeber it was stage 4. When they initially opened her up for surgery the cancer was so widespread that they just sewed her right back up. Hospice came in two days before she died and took her off all of her meds and just put her on morphine to make her comfortable. She had been accepted into a radical new study since conventional treatment would not have done her any good. Cervical cancer is so deadly because it is hardly ever caught in time. The screenings for it are not as routine as breast cancer. So today I found a charity I could donate by paypal and gave them a small donation. It was for low income women who are getting treated for cervical cancer and cannot afford treatment. When my Sherlock died almost a year ago I made a donation to a Chihuahua rescue in Floridia in his name. It made me feel a little better. I wanted to do something to honor such a presence in my life. The woman who died is named Gloria. If you pray, I'd appreciate it if you would remember her husband Ron. We're all sure she is in Heaven, but it doesn't make it any less difficult to get through. So, have any of you done that? I could never afford much, and I'm grateful I had some in my paypal account to do it.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Jan 12
Yes, I have. I give to the local branch of the Cancer Society as so many people die of cancer. I have not had a cervical cancer screening fo about 10 years or so. I never really thought about it as I am a widow but perhaps I should get screened. I do have a yearly mammogram though and blood tests screening. I suppose that I should think about doing this soon If we all give a little then it can become a large sum of money. Good for you AmbiePam
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@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
23 Jan 12
Yes, because I'm not sexually active I don't feel like I need to have one. But I've been told I should anyway.
• United States
23 Jan 12
I've never made a donation to a charity on behalf of someone who has passed on. I've done the more traditional thing of sending cards and/or flowers. However, I do think that it is a nice thing to do--to make a donation to a legitimate charity in memory of the deceased individual.
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@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
23 Jan 12
I like to send cards too. I know when my grandfather passed she kept everyone's cards.
• United States
22 Jan 12
I have never donated money in honor of someone. Though if I did I would likely do the research before donating as many run on insane overheads thus leaving very little to the people to benifit. I would much rather volunteer my time however, because I have the time and a small child(ren) who would have to come with my they don't want my time.
@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
22 Jan 12
I can't remember the name of the website, but there is one that will tell you how much of the money in the charity actually goes to the people it serves. It's a good thing to check out.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Cervical cancer is so deadly. I am a huge advocate of the yearly exam. I so hate to hear about her passing. I know it is hard for her friends and family. I try to make donations when I can to different charities. I have not often had a lot to give but I felt good giving what I could. I have chihuahuas and I am especially attached to one of them...well...she actually chose me and worked me in to her plan..LOL. My heart feels heavy thinking about your loss of Sherlock. I actually lost a rescue dog the day after Christmas. She was 6 when I got her and her paws had never touched the grass before we got her. She had been kept in a cage her whole life and bred. She was with us for 4, going on 5 years and I was so happy to spoil that dog. It was devastating to have her put to sleep. She had a seizure or a stroke on Christmas night and wasn't able to do anything after. I took her to the vet, but they said she wasn't going to get better and would suffer. I think that I will take in another rescue dog in honor of her. I just can't right yet.
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@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
22 Jan 12
When you are able to do it again, there is a rescue dog out there that will be very blessed to get you.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Wow what a thougful person you are...A lot of us should be more diligent in the lives and the welfare ot others.. Yes I have donated to the B R E A S T Cancer association...I am a five year survivor and very blessed to be here and the feeling of obligation was very strong to donate to the cause... I am sorry to hear about your church parishner but she is not suffering anymore...and I will mention Ron in my prayers...and you are right because God has taken her soul on to heaven it doesn't make it any less difficult for her loved ones left here on this earth... You are a good person...may God continue to bless you....
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@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
22 Jan 12
A five year survivor, that's wonderful!
@GardenGerty (102593)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Yes, I have done that in the past. I prefer to do that rather than buy flowers or plants. Those are lovely but are quickly past. I am sorry for your loss of Gloria.
@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
22 Jan 12
I like how in some obits they ask in lieu of flowers that donations are made to certain causes.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
22 Jan 12
that is a lovely thing for you to do, I am sure many people are in a position at the moment that it would be hard to be able to do such a nice thing, I often give to animal charities and I say it is in the memory of my past cats, it is nice to do what you can.
@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
22 Jan 12
It was from my last mylot payment that went into my paypal account. Like I said, it wasn't much.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Several times...like to MCCL....Minnesota citizens concerned for life....giving a donation is a great way to celebrate fathers day for someone you love......I have done other things too.....one lady I know passed this summer and a bunch of us gave a donation in her name to the historical society as she loved the historical museum in our small town..she would have been very happy about the donation..and good for you for sharing something to a great cause!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 Jan 12
I have donated to worthwile charities in rememberance of those I care about...two and four legged. The amount matters less than the fact that you do it. If everyone who thought about it, but discounted it because they didn't have 'much', actually did it...many of these charities (and ultimately the recipients) would really benefit. When it's my turn, I'd much rather people did that than bought flowers.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
22 Jan 12
I prayed for Ron, no matter if one is saved or not, losing a loved is really hard. I have donated a few times to the diabetes association because it not only runs in my fmaily, but I lost three people, a grandfather, mother, (though my mom's was a stroke, she did have health problems, one of which was diabetes) and my sister to this disease.