Good morning, friends! I have special news to kick off the weekend. I will be donating a portion of the net proceeds from my book, Unexpected Love, to the American Cancer Society from all purchases made on Amazon this weekend, September 30 – October 2. Many of my friends and family have been touched by this disease. I keep loved ones in my thoughts every day, and I’ve been in awe of the determination and courage I’ve seen.

My Dad courageously battled prostate cancer with a positive attitude that never wavered. He didn’t miss a beat and continues living as he loves to do every day. This includes going to the gym regularly, playing golf, road trips to visit friends, and cooking many family dinners at home. I believe he decided from the moment he set a plan in place with my Mom and I to conquer the disease, that he would do just that. He’s never looked back and now he is cancer-free.

My Aunt Wendy is one of the healthiest people I know, mentally and physically. She may be one of the strongest, too. She fought cancer and came out on top. She and my Uncle Michael truly know the meaning of living life to the fullest, and they haven’t slowed down one bit. They follow their dreams and travel all over the world, touching people with their generous friendship. Following along with their adventures makes you yearn a little for that sense of wanderlust.

My Aunt Peggy is probably one of the toughest women around, as well as one of the nicest. She came to visit us in Naples recently and it was great to spend quality time with her. With every obstacle that comes her way, she fights back times ten. I don’t believe she’ll slow down anytime soon and she continues to put cancer in its place. She inspires me to face my fears. I saw a photo of her in recent months getting ready to zip line with her family and it truly brought a smile to my face. Because of her I’m actually planning to do that same zip lining experience before the end of the year, even though I’m petrified of heights.

My Aunt Jeanie is a fighter. I think of her often, especially right now when she needs it the most. She moved to Florida a few years ago and I’ve never seen her happier. She didn’t just talk about it, she made it happen. Funny enough, we became closer when we both moved to Florida. We began having these little text conversations which I treasured. It’s the small things in life, isn’t it?

My good friend Simone’s father fought and battled cancer successfully, probably because he is surrounded by so much love. This is a family full of positive energy and excitement, and it’s electrifying being in the same room with them. They are kind-hearted, generous, and certainly exemplify the definition of family sticking together.

My boyfriend’s father is battling cancer and continues to get up and live his life every day as he pushes through his chemo treatments. This is yet another example of a fighter.

A dear friend just told me about one of her family members battling the disease, and I’m hoping and praying she’ll pull through. She has her entire life ahead of her.

My uncle also battled cancer, my friend’s father, and another friend’s father passed away from the disease a few years ago. I’m certain many of us have been touched by the disease in one way or another. Life is fragile, life is short. Life should be celebrated every day with people we love.