On the list of things I highly recommend never ever doing in life, watching someone die is one of them.

No one should ever have to watch their child, best friend, father, mother, or sibling lay in a hospital bed and fight for their lives.

No one should ever be told “there is nothing more we can do”.

The day I was told that my father had cancer was the worst day of my life. And, two weeks later, he was gone. Just like that.

I could cry every day for every moment that we should have had together, but don’t. For every day that would be made better just by him being alive. For every second that I want to call him or hug him or see him laying on our couch in the living room, but can’t. Β He was the best person that I have ever known. The most selfless, caring, genuine person. Not having him around isΒ the worst feeling in the world, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

But crying won’t change anything, and it most certainly won’t help us find a cure so that no one else has to feel this pain.

So instead, I run. I am currently training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with Team in Training and fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money that I raise will go to funding cancer research and help support patient care.

To that end, I am hosting a Virtual Bake Sale with all the proceeds going towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you so much to all of my blogging friends who have donated baked goods for this great cause and thank you advance to all of you who will bid and participate. It means the world that you would do this for me and for all the cancer patients out there who are fighting for their lives, every day, waiting for that cure.

So please, head over here to check out what’s up for auction.

If you want to donate separately from this, you can check out my fundraising page.

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42 Responses to Virtual Bake Sale to Cure Cancer #BakeForACure

  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    I do remember when you let us know on your post that your father was seriously ill. But I was so saddened and incredibly shocked when just a few weeks later you had to tell us he has passed away. It still shocks me. What a great cause and it must be not only helpful but therapeutic to actively be doing something to make sure this sort of thing comes to an end xx

  2. Lynn says:

    And he’ll be with you in spirit every step of the way. I love that you are doing this.

  3. I cannot imagine your pain and I commend you for doing so much to create awareness! Good luck with your run, and bake sale πŸ™‚

  4. Such an important cause… I admire your courage and dedication, Joanne. Your father is so proud of you, I know.

  5. Beth says:

    What a great cause, Joanne. On my way to check it out.

  6. Aww. Joanne my heart goes out to you. This must be so difficult to endure.
    So happy to hear that you’re out there doing something. Good for you! I’ll be thinking of you.
    May God continue to sustain you!
    Phillipians 4:7
    Have a beautiful Monday!

  7. Love what you’re doing to help fight cancer Joanne. Your dad would be so proud of you. I actually started my blog because I was cooking for friends who were fighting cancer and it remains one of my deepest passions – food as medicine.

  8. SallyBR says:

    Your Dad was proud of you and would be even more now.

  9. debbie says:

    I feel your pain Joanne. I just lost my dad this past week and even though he was 84 and lived a good life it still sucks. So glad that you are taking your tears and turning them into something positive. This is so worthwhile. You’re an inspiration.

  10. Shashi says:

    Such an awesome cause! I am honored to contribute, Joanne.

  11. Meg says:

    A wonderful idea, and hugs to you. Just placed my bid on the rosemary shortbread! Your dad sounds like he was a truly fantastic man, and I’m sure he’d be so proud of you!

  12. So excited for this bake sale!! Thanks so much for letting me contribute to a wonderful cause!

  13. So sorry to hear this Joanne- but so inspired you used it as a catalyst for good. To bring change in the world with your skills!

  14. All the best with this wonderful cause, Joanne.

  15. I love that you are doing this, friend. Heading over to bid on some goodies!! xo

  16. cheri says:

    HI Joanne, I can’t imagine what you have gone through, but I admire what you are doing.

  17. Pam says:

    You are such a strong & determined woman! I have a feeling your dad looks down on you with so much love & pride. xoxo

  18. Can’t imagine the loss, Joanne. Don’t want to. Glad to be a part of your charity this year. Let’s kick cancer’s ass!

  19. Monica says:

    I’m so sorry about your dad, Joanne. I lost my father to cancer when I was almost a baby so I can relate in some ways. I’ll be checking out your fundraiser. Take care.

  20. I can’t take part in the bake sale (non US … boo hoo) but I’ll check out the fundraising donate page instead. So sorry for your loss, Joanne … this is an incredible idea. You’re amazing! πŸ™‚

  21. My family has been affected by cancer numerous times. This is such a great cause. Heading over to check out the bake sale!

  22. Danguole says:

    Oh Joanne–I can’t imagine. I love your fighting spirit and dedication, though, and best of luck with your goals!

  23. I remember all of your posts about your father. I will definitely be helping you with this cause. My mother is a two time survivor of cancer.

  24. This is such a great cause, Joanne. Sending you all my love and support! XOXO

  25. I hope you raise a lot of $ Joanne! I posted about it a bunch of times today πŸ™‚

  26. Such a great cause girl, hopping on over to the auction link now! Sending hugs and all the marathon support I can give you!

  27. Megan says:

    This is such a great cause, Joanne. I’m happy I could do something to help.

  28. Juliana says:

    Joanne, this is such an important cause…fighting cancer, I sure admire your commitment to this cause. I take my hat off to you!
    Have a great week πŸ˜€

  29. Joanne, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know losing someone dear to you is never easy, especially when they go so quickly. This is a fantastic cause that I wholeheartedly support. I hope one day there is no cancer. Good luck!

  30. I lost my dad to cancer too. It’s the worst feeling ever. So I’m glad you’re running and hosting a virtual bake sale, that’s awesome. Your father would be so very proud. I wish you lots of luck!

  31. […] My friend Joanne, from Eats Well With Others, is hosting a virtual Bake Sale to raise money for Cancer research. All the proceeds go toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. […]

  32. What a wonderful cause, you go my friend πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  33. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I know your dad would be so proud! LLS has a special place in my heart too. Heading over to bid now. xoxo

  34. We knew you took a leave of absence when your Dad fell ill, but had no idea that you lost him so quickly.. This is a wonderful cause Joanne and we know that your Dad is up there looking down over you with a big, proud smile! We would like to help as well. Is it too late to donate any baking goods for your fund-raiser? And, we would be happy to make a monetary donation as well.
    Keep up the good work! Warmly, Anna and Liz

  35. Kate says:

    Good luck with this!

  36. Oh Joanne. I had no idea how personal this was for you. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and happy to be able to do something, even though it’s small, to support this cause. Hugs.

  37. gloria says:

    yes I remember well when your dad died Joanne I think is reall amazing you support this cause.

  38. Susan says:

    I can’t imagine how hard that loss was Joanne. So thrilled to be a part of this bake sale.

  39. Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Joanne, my heart breaks for you and everyone who has been in this situation, both patients and loved ones. I love how you are honoring your Dad by the things you do in your life. I had planned to bid on something in the bake sale, but somehow I couldn’t get any of my bids to “take”. Chalk it up to computer illiteracy on the part of this old broad! Anyway, I very happily went to your fundraising page a made a small (unhappily small) donation. Congratulations, Joanne, on all the good you are doing!

  40. Nobody should have to go through something like this. It’s so wonderful that you’re getting out there to help raise money so that other people won’t have to suffer like so many others have. This bake sale is a great idea, and I’m glad to be part of it!

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