Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"It's Always Something" Essay Update







From The WIfe:

On July 21,2009 we were invited to attend an award ceremony for all the essay entrants. The ceremony took place at the Gilda's Club in Cathedral City. It's a non-profit organization to help cancer patients and there family with information on cancer through out the community.

The last couple of times we went to visit S3U5, Marco had seen the billboard that mentioned the Gilda's Club supporting cancer patients and their families but never really paid attention to it. Till we were driving up to Cathedral City and he had seen the billboard again and noticed that it was where we going. As we approached the doors to Gilda's Club we were all excited and were wondering if maybe DLP had won. They served a beautiful buffet of finger foods and desserts with some wonderful lemonade. They invited us to sit in a medium size room and told us to wait till the ceremony started. As we were all sitting there a woman was strategically setting down kleenex boxes at the end of the rows. The V (S3U5) asked the woman if she was expecting people to cry and the woman responded with I think they may. I turned to DLP and told her they may make you read your essay, she looked at me with wide-open eyes and said " I don't want to read it I will cry the whole way through. Just as we were talking they started to mention that there were two 3rd place ($250) winners and the first one to go up was a young guy 15 years old, I believe.....and he started to read his essay.....all hell broke loose he had the whole room balling. Hell there wasn't enough kleenex in the box for one row.

The girl who won 3rd place ($250) didn't read her's well that didn't stop any of the judges they read her's and oh boy! The girl who won 2nd place ($500) didn't read her's either so you guessed right the judge read her's too.
The 1st place ($1000) winner was a 17 year old who lost his dad in March of 2009 to prostate cancer and he also read a poem he made for his dad. Everyone else was called to go up and receive there award. As they called their name they would read the title of there essay also. When they called DLP and then read her essay title "Cancer Sucks" everyone started to giggle and then there was laughter it was an ice breaker for everyone in that room who had been balling prior to the reading of the other entries. We all thought it was funny that they all loved the title.

Each essay was a personal encounter with cancer and how they dealt with cancer, DLP was a winner with us though, she did a great job with her essay and it was a personal expericence just to be participating in the essay. All the rest received an award (honorable mentioned) and received $25.00 visa card. They invited all the participates to take a picture all together at the end of the ceremony which was nice. In all there were 24 entries.

We left very sentimental let me tell you, I couldn't control my tears. We cried all the way back home. DLP was so emotional she said she didn't want to do it again cause it was to much but I explained that it was good that we all went because there are a lot of people affected by cancer and how they cope with cancer was a learning experience for all. You get a better understanding of how much cancer SUCKS.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lazy T says........

Congrats on the honors!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations DLP. We're balling just by reading the blog...

L.Vargas

Anonymous said...

Congrats DLP. We are very proud of you. Way to represent in Cathedral City. the Loochs

Anonymous said...

Leezy120 said...
I am so proud of you DLP! You amaze me with the person that you are! You are truly a Beautiful Person! I Love You Girl!!! Congratulations!!!

Surviving 3 Under 5 said...

I think this essay was a way to get Gianina to vent some of her thoughts and feelings. She was very brave to express her emotions in shuch a raw and real way. It takes a lot to be able to express tough feelings. I am proud that she honored us all by sharing her perspective. I know most of the time we say I'm o.k. We learned through listening to the essays that most of the time it is much much more. It is easier to say nothing is wrong. This essay gave an opportunity to get up and face it all. I am soo proud of her.

I hope this connection with other teens facing Cancer issues helps her see that She is not alone, she has a resource to turn to with this organization. They have workshops and lectures that might help us all through this maze called CAncer.

Soma said...

Congratulations to all the winners of the essay contest!!

And yes, true enough, cancer sucks. I couldn't have said it any better. :)

Anonymous said...

So proud of you DLP. Pass those kleenex my way.

--Cousin from HP

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