- Elie Wiesel
Cancer is a terrible disease, all the more so for the people who receive the grim diagnosis of it spreading through the body. Unfortunately, Stage IV cancer diagnoses are increasing in young, otherwise healthy people. With so few treatment options, families are robbed of the one thing they need the most– hope. Amazingly, these late stage cancer survivors teach us so much about how to live each day to the fullest. I would not have had the grit to create Arkadiance without the support of a specific soul who challenged me before she left. She asked me to live with the tenacity I would hope for my three daughters.
Friends and family established the Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer in 2007 in the memory of Karen (a young mom diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30 who passed away at age 40). Karen’s foundation has a fun-only mission #FunNow. They send women and their families on special vacations, spa days, dinners out, concerts and other fun-only stuff. KWF puts some fun on the calendars of women LIVING with breast cancer. KWF is national in reach, with bases in Cincinnati, Chicago, San Diego, and Atlanta.
“HOPE IS A GOOD THING, MAYBE EVEN THE BEST OF THINGS, AND NO GOOD THING EVER DIES”
― Andy, The Shawshank Redemption