“More Than Aware” Part 2

Moroni Chapter 7, Verse 37: “For it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men…”

Yesterday, over two hundred women (and two extremely supportive men) came together for my friend’s event, “More Than Aware.” But let me start further back…
Twenty-nine days ago, my friend Suzanne’s mom passed away from breast cancer, ending her valiant fifteen-year battle with the disease. Last Tuesday evening, Suzanne awoke from a midnight dream, where she saw many people congregated to learn, celebrate and fellowship. On Wednesday, she sent out an email, inviting her friends to spread the word. She started selling tickets, with the luncheon (at a discounted price) to be hosted by the posh and expensive Kerry Parkside Hotel. On Friday, she received the approval from the Hotel. A few days later, they approved the cost of the luncheon, which Suzanne had already advertised.
When Suzanne envisioned many people joining together, her goal was to gather 150 women. On Friday, we had collectively sold maybe fifty tickets. On the following Wednesday, over two hundred of us came together.

This event came together from vision to reality in seven days. Tickets were sold prior to venue approval. Speakers, including nurses and doctors, were approached. At every moment, Suzanne’s faith preceded her miracles. I weep and marvel at the strength, courage and faith of my friend. It was a beautiful event, with amazing items donated by vendors for a charitable cause. People were generous in their bidding. The silent auctions exceeded goals in raising funds of over 20,000RMB for breast cancer awareness. In fact, we more than doubled it.

[My friend Mo.]
[One of the "Mormon Tables" with LDS people from California, Texas, Hong Kong, Italy, Argentina, Utah and Japan. We're everywhere. Now bonded together as Shanghai Sisters.]
[Honk if you love me. Mo, Suzanne and K, practicing an exam. Please try this at home.]
We were enlightened, empowered, strengthened and uplifted.
All for a beautiful cause.

5 thoughts on ““More Than Aware” Part 2

  1. Wow! what a great event and a great tribute to your friend’s mother.

    Oh, by the way, you look smokin’ hot and so skinny! Pretty lady!

    • Awww, thanks, Annie. I’d love to credit exercise, but it’s actually (and unfortunately) due to all of the illnesses. (I’ve been calling it the “Shanghai Diet.” Heh.) Did I mention again that I am allergic to China?…

  2. This brought tears to my eyes. What a great night and amazing how it all came together. I am so glad you have found such strength in Shanghai! And I second what Andrea said, you do look beautiful!

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