Ridding The World of Cancer – One Step at a Time

Anglers on the water raising money to benefit American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society Victory Board 2017-2018 Event Co-Chairs Meredith Roberts, Monica Lavin, Nancy Hodges, and Ashley Johnson.

Reelin' In A Cure Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

It’s better to give than to receive! And that’s exactly what we want to do. We want to give back. 

My wife’s family and my family have both been affected by cancer. Unfortunately, this has become the norm. Doctors continue to make progress against cancer and, thanks to organizations like the American Cancer Society, more and more funds are being raised each day to help support their pursuit.

Recently, a dear friend of ours, Nancy Bowen, asked if we would be willing to help support Reelin’ In A Cure, one of the many fundraisers put on by the American Cancer Society Victory Board in Georgia’s Golden Isles. As some of you may know, Catherine and I will always love St. Simons Island. St. Simons is where we made our first home together. Our first daughter was born there and it’s where we forged many long-lasting friendships. 

Reelin In A Cure Logo

In response to Nancy’s call, we didn’t hesitate. Being able to support an endeavor such as Reelin’ In A Cure means a lot to both of us – both to support our friends on St. Simons and the drive to find a cure that might one day rid the world of cancer. Would it not be incredible to think that we’d never again lose a friend or family member to cancer?

Powerful Words from Jimmy V.

Jim Valvano's Legendary ESPYs Speech
Legendary American basketball player, coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano

Friends and family are an important part of a well lived life in my opinion. Losing a loved one or going through an illness is a very hard thing. We all know it’s part of life but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

To steal a quote from Jim Valvano’s famous speech at the 1993 ESPYs“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Who doesn’t remember that speech? Valvano went on to stress the importance of love, hope and persistence and implored, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” These seven words state the motto of The V Foundation for Cancer Research which is in its 25th year of seeking victory over cancer.

I think Jimmy V is telling us to have an enthusiasm for life and not ever take anything for granted because you never know when it will be gone. So, let’s all live and give like today is our last.

Philanthropy is a big reason why we started The Dapper Dog. We hope to be able to increase our giving as the brand grows and we are extremely excited and proud to have been a sponsor for Reelin’ In A Cure.

Stay Dapper,
David

Anglers in the Reelin In A Cure Fishing Tournament to Benefit ACS