Meggie DeQuattro

DAM THAT CANCER 2017
  • My Goal:
  • $5,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $8,038
  • # of Donations:
  • 75
$8038 of $5000 goal
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Welcome to my fundraising page!  

On June 12, I will be stand-up paddle boarding 21 miles on the Colorado River in Austin, TX (for the 2nd time!!)  to raise money for a cause that truly is close to my heart! It's rare to meet someone that hasn't been affected by a cancer diagnosis and there are so many people right now that are either in the fight of their life or watching a loved one fight.  I want to help provide these amazing fighters with access to mental health support....and here's why!!!

Last year when I created my fundraising page I really focused on my personal story with cancer. The abbreviated version goes something like this...

I ran a half marathon in April 2013. Two weeks later I was in the hospital, with what I thought was a horrendous bladder infection. What I believed to be an infection, was actually a softball sized cancerous tumor on my left kidney. I went home that night with no idea what that meant for me and too many questions left unanswered. Fast forward to May 31, 2013, said tumor (aka "the bastard") and my entire left kidney was removed. Five weeks later I got married to the love of my life and danced the night away. Present day.. I am one-kidneyed, healthy, strong and happy with an incredible husband & a gorgeous nearly-two year old son.

So the paddle last year for me was all about the recognition of what I went through in my short stint with cancer. I wanted to prove to myself that I was mentally and physically tough enough to endure stand-up paddle boarding 21 miles. The mental journey of traveling that distance was so incredibly empowering and no where near as scary as being told that "you have cancer"...which is what this event is all about (not to diminish the incredible challenge that this paddle is, but you do know where the endline is and you also know it's over at the end). Nothing is as terrifying as the unknown and that's what cancer is...a big, fat, unknown. You don't know if you're in it for a few months, a year..you don't know if you're going to have surgery/ies, radiation, chemo, or other treatments; and when it's gone, it's "will it come back?" 

I left the water last year feeling like I conquered some of the demons that were residual from what I went through and also came away realizing how important it is to take care of your mind when you've gone through such an intense experience such as cancer....this is what Flatwater is doing for cancer fighters and their family members. They're providing them access to therapists and other modes of mental health care, to keep their mind healthy while they are in the cancer battle grounds and after.

This year I am paddling to remember my beautiful cousin Tiffany and my loving Auntie Danner. Both were incredible women that had an absolutely positive impact on my life in their own unique ways. Tiffany especially, taught me to always be myself and live life to it's fullest, which is how she lived right up until the very end.

With all of that being said I would so appreciate your help to support The Flatwater Foundation by making a donation. Your donation will provide access to mental health care for individuals and families touched by a cancer diagnosis that would otherwise not be able to get the care they need. I am working to raise at least $5,000 to embark on this 21-mile journey to take a stand; won't you please consider sponsoring one of my 21 miles with a donation? This will ensure we meet our goal, and will help so many in need.

The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any contribution you can provide, and we hope you can celebrate with us all on June 12, at the LCRA Lawn at Tom Miller Dam (adjacent to Hula Hut). Learn more at tylersdtc.com

If you choose to make a donation I would love to honor the people in your life that have gone through a cancer fight whether they are still with us or not. The day of the paddle I will proudly sport the names of those fighters on a tank top. I did the same last year and it was incredibly inspiring to recognize all of those people that my donors love. I will be doing the same thing this year so if you choose to make a contribution please include their name in the comment section by your donation. Thank you!!

If you can’t make a donation at this point, that's ok! You can still help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

I appreciate the time you took to read my page, your generosity in any donation you might make and for sharing my fundraising page.

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Meggie DeQuattro is fundraising for TYLER'S Dam That Cancer 2017 benefiting Flatwater Foundation.

Welcome to my fundraising page!  

On June 12, I will be stand-up paddle boarding 21 miles on the Colorado River in Austin, TX (for the 2nd time!!)  to raise money for a cause that truly is close to my heart! It's rare to meet someone that hasn't been affected by a cancer diagnosis and there are so many people right now that are either in the fight of their life or watching a loved one fight.  I want to help provide these amazing fighters with access to mental health support....and here's why!!!

Last year when I created my fundraising page I really focused on my personal story with cancer. The abbreviated version goes something like this...

I ran a half marathon in April 2013. Two weeks later I was in the hospital, with what I thought was a horrendous bladder infection. What I believed to be an infection, was actually a softball sized cancerous tumor on my left kidney. I went home that night with no idea what that meant for me and too many questions left unanswered. Fast forward to May 31, 2013, said tumor (aka "the bastard") and my entire left kidney was removed. Five weeks later I got married to the love of my life and danced the night away. Present day.. I am one-kidneyed, healthy, strong and happy with an incredible husband & a gorgeous nearly-two year old son.

So the paddle last year for me was all about the recognition of what I went through in my short stint with cancer. I wanted to prove to myself that I was mentally and physically tough enough to endure stand-up paddle boarding 21 miles. The mental journey of traveling that distance was so incredibly empowering and no where near as scary as being told that "you have cancer"...which is what this event is all about (not to diminish the incredible challenge that this paddle is, but you do know where the endline is and you also know it's over at the end). Nothing is as terrifying as the unknown and that's what cancer is...a big, fat, unknown. You don't know if you're in it for a few months, a year..you don't know if you're going to have surgery/ies, radiation, chemo, or other treatments; and when it's gone, it's "will it come back?" 

I left the water last year feeling like I conquered some of the demons that were residual from what I went through and also came away realizing how important it is to take care of your mind when you've gone through such an intense experience such as cancer....this is what Flatwater is doing for cancer fighters and their family members. They're providing them access to therapists and other modes of mental health care, to keep their mind healthy while they are in the cancer battle grounds and after.

This year I am paddling to remember my beautiful cousin Tiffany and my loving Auntie Danner. Both were incredible women that had an absolutely positive impact on my life in their own unique ways. Tiffany especially, taught me to always be myself and live life to it's fullest, which is how she lived right up until the very end.

With all of that being said I would so appreciate your help to support The Flatwater Foundation by making a donation. Your donation will provide access to mental health care for individuals and families touched by a cancer diagnosis that would otherwise not be able to get the care they need. I am working to raise at least $5,000 to embark on this 21-mile journey to take a stand; won't you please consider sponsoring one of my 21 miles with a donation? This will ensure we meet our goal, and will help so many in need.

The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any contribution you can provide, and we hope you can celebrate with us all on June 12, at the LCRA Lawn at Tom Miller Dam (adjacent to Hula Hut). Learn more at tylersdtc.com

If you choose to make a donation I would love to honor the people in your life that have gone through a cancer fight whether they are still with us or not. The day of the paddle I will proudly sport the names of those fighters on a tank top. I did the same last year and it was incredibly inspiring to recognize all of those people that my donors love. I will be doing the same thing this year so if you choose to make a contribution please include their name in the comment section by your donation. Thank you!!

If you can’t make a donation at this point, that's ok! You can still help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

I appreciate the time you took to read my page, your generosity in any donation you might make and for sharing my fundraising page.

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TYLER'S Dam That Cancer 2017

TYLER'S Dam That Cancer is the premier fundraising event for The Flatwater Foundation, a non-profit

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Flatwater Foundation

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