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The Fight Against Cancer – because I said I would

The disease of cancer has touched the lives of both the staff and residents of North Port Village and Burton Place multiple times in the last two years. At North Port Village, team member Heather Lomerson’s journey with the disease began when her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2013 at 37-years-old.  Around the same time, Warren Stewart, North Port Village’s maintenance custodian, was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Then in April 2014 the community took another hit when their assistant manager Beth Hunter was diagnosed with breast cancer. At Burton Place, manager Amy Hill’s life was impacted by cancer when her own mother was diagnosed.

In honor of Stewart and Hunter of North Port Village the teams came together to run and raise money for the Relay for Life. Both Stewart and Hunter were in remission at this point, but unable to participate during continued treatment. Lomerson and Hill were sure to make them their first call when they decided to run the race in their honor.

“I told them that [we] wanted to do this in honor of them and their fight and victory over cancer,” they explained. “I was able to keep their spirits up through updates on their fundraising progress and both were very touched and gave me their blessings.”

The team was also able to raise money for Kiss Cancer Goodbye in collecting monies in a change jar in the office, raffles, a bake sale and a 50/50 drawing and more! By doing these things both communities’ staff and residents were able to raise $2,045.70!

“The silver lining of these stories is that my sister-in-law and Warren are in remission” said Lomerson. “I’m also happy to say that our trusty Assistant Manager Beth is finishing up her final few treatments with her last one in September!”

Great work team North Port Village and Burton Place. Thanks to you another promise was made and kept, because you said you would.

Promises: Easily Made & Easily Broken

because I said I would.

because I said I would.

Promises: Easily made and easily broken, right?  People suck at keeping promises. Many of our promises are left broken. New Year’s Resolutions are only kept by 8% of people. Only 40-50% of people stay married. Politicians don’t stay true to their word, so why should we? Why are we so bad at keeping these and other promises?

Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, a social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept and an inspiration for Forest City’s CARE Contest, dives into this very question head first at his recent TED Talk.

Why? Why don’t we keep our promises? Is it the amount of information we take in each day? Is it our memory? Are we just reimagining or forgetting the things we commit to one another? Are Hollywood endings giving us unreasonable expectations? Do we actually understand exactly what a promise is?

So how do we make a point of keeping these promises? How do we not break the heart of someone we love? Share your promise. Plan on how to keep a promise to your family, to your friends or your co-workers and actually KEEP it. Watch Sheen’s talk and see how he thinks promises can be made and kept. We owe it to each other. We owe it to ourselves.

“Sometimes we don’t need a miracle. Sometimes we just need people to do what they said they were going to do in the first place; to be there for your friends and your family. To fight for a cause through thick and thin. The promises that we make – make this world.” – Alex Sheen