Below are the words I shared with those in attendance at the launch of YACC’s West Coast presence and the Canadian premiere of Wrong Way to Hope.
I thought I would focus my remarks tonight around a few lines from a well-known prayer called The Serenity Prayer.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
YACC’s mission is founded on the courage to influence change for the 6,500 young adults diagnosed with cancer this year, and the tens of thousands who are living through and beyond their cancer treatment.
This courage is shared among all who are connected to YACC’s success: the survivors whose lives we touch, the amazing people who Shave for the Brave each year, the donors who give so generously, and the office crew of YACC who have committed their professional lives to moving our mission forward.
Tonight, we are going to see an amazing film that was made possible by the courage of Mike and Bonnie Lang, Aaron and the gang at Hands on Films, and the survivors who have shared their stories. Please help me in congratulating them on this enormous accomplishment.
We at YACC are honoured to be here, and to borrow a word from Mike, we are “stoked” to be launching our West Coast presence here in Calgary.
The need for our programs far exceeds our capacity at this time, thus growth is essential in all areas of YACC: fundraising, communications, operations, and of course, programs.
In the coming months, we will continue solidifying our presence on the ground as we set up our office and continue building our team to enhance the momentum that has been spurred since Mike joined YACC.
Tonight we are taking a major step toward realizing our vision of helping all young adults with cancer in Canada live and love life.
On behalf of those young adults we serve I want to thank all of you for coming and I hope you will stay tuned as I know our best is yet to come.