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Day 104: What’s Your Legacy?

This is a post I would prefer not to be doing as it is in honour of someone’s life that is now gone, Jackie Audrey Bast.

I never met Jackie but I have had the honour of speaking with her son, Dr. Darrin Bast who created this great event in Toronto called Heart & Music. This event has been raising money for Ovarian Cancer Research since 2007 in honour of his mother. It is one families dedication to their mother as she fought her own battle with ovarian cancer up until a few days ago.

This families legacy is called The Teal Heart Scholarship Fund and will be the recipient of Day 3 of 10 days of changing the world with $10 a day.

Day 104: Give 104

This is a story of a family that has left an inspirational legacy in honour of their mother’s life. Leaving a legacy is not something we all think about but something we could all could do.

It was one of the reasons I started 365give. To leave a legacy in my life, a “knowing” that I did everything in my power to make the world a better place than when my life began. This is a family that has done just that in honour of their mother.

I have taken this excerpt from the Heart & Music website written by Jackie’s daughter:

“my Mom, Jackie, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and since then, she has undergone countless treatments, therapies and procedures. The result of all of this medical magic was that my family and I were able to have my Mom with us for another three and half years. In that all too short time, she spent a considerable amount of time in Toronto and as a result became friends with a lot of you. I was also very glad that she was here for the first two instalments of HEART & MUSIC, an evening of entertainment in her honour, the proceeds of which go directly to ovarian cancer research.
However, a few months ago, she was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto with complications and unfortunately, she never came home again. In the early hours of January 6, 2011, Mom lost the good fight and passed away.
I want to use these few moments to thank everyone who supported me and my family throughout this horrible ordeal.”

So many of us have been touch by cancer in our lives, either personally or through a relative and or friend. I feel blessed my own mother is a cancer survivor today because of her remarkable Doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Neil Fleshner.

$10 may not seem like a lot of money to find the cure to cancer but if we all gave $10 the advancements would be milestones in or future. I have this thought about cancer. If we can cure one kind of cancer whether it be ovarian, prostate or any other of the horrible cancers in our lives we would have cured to them all.

Leaving a legacy seems like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. It could be as simple as committing to recycling and leaving a legacy to our planet. It coudl be teaching your children to GIVE in their lives so they inspire others. What will your legacy be?

If you have a legacy you would like to share send 365give your story. Your inspirational legacy may just be the story another person needs to hear so they go and create their own.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes to make a online donation

Cost: $10.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)