Darlene Oakes – VIP Fundraiser Spotlight
What is your favorite Komen memory?
I love seeing the survivors walking at the Komen walk, my mother is a breast cancer survivor and I know how fortunate we feel that she is still with us after all these years. Only the survivor knows the journey they have been through and yet they smile. They are the Warriors who claim victory.
My first walk was my most memorable seeing the groups representing their loved ones & walking on their behalf. I felt a sense of pride to be part of something that meant so much to so many. I saw children wearing shirts with their mother’s picture imprinted; husband’s carrying the children that had lost their mother’s to breast cancer. I remember crying thinking what they must have gone through suffering the loss of a mother or wife.
Why is Komen important to you?
I have lost two friends to breast cancer over the last four years. I watched them struggle with treatments, making ends meet, getting to appointments, working while doing treatments, or just the simple things that we take for granted. I want to see a cure for breast cancer and all cancers soon. It is a horrible disease and it affects not only the person who has cancer but also everyone that loves them – friends and family.
What is your biggest fundraising tip?
I never pressure anyone to give, it is freewill and I just share my experiences. There are so many of my friends and family affected by breast cancer they all relate and give freely. I am blessed to be surrounded by good and giving people.
How are you MORE THAN PINK?
I not only want to give money to fight for a cure I want to help those who need help while they are fighting the fight. If you know someone who is fighting for their life be there for her or him, take them to their treatments, sit with them and make them laugh help to take their mind off what they are experiencing. They do not want to be reminded of what is happening they know all too well, what is happening in their bodies. Go to the store for them when they are too exhausted to walk into the store. Just be a friend that they can trust and count on to be there when times get tough. Encourage them when they need it and let them rest when they need to rest. I miss my friends that lost their battles and I am thankful to God for those who are winning. My friends that let me be part of their journey is why I am more than pink.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one superpower, it would be the power of producing a cure. I would cure breast cancer and all other cancers; too many suffer from the effects and it is a terrible thing to go through or even watch someone suffer the effects.