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‘I don’t have to apologize for letting go or choosing things in the name of my peace and healing’

I did something this week that was long overdue: I stepped away from all of my volunteer and extracurricular activities.

I stepped back from volunteering* with an organization I’ve been heavily involved with for more than 25 years.

I officially resigned from a nonprofit board position, stepped back from a few other nonprofits where I’ve offered assistance or volunteered and said no to some recent asks for my help in other activities.

And it feels good.

(Continue reading below the Instagram post.)

Being forced last year to pause so much helped me take a hard look at what I was spending my life doing. Like a lot of you, I said “yes” far too much.

I’ve been going hard at volunteering for nonprofits for way too long. For many years, I tried to keep track of my hours spent volunteering and I easily racked up anywhere from 1,800 to 2,600 hours a year volunteering.

I’ve put so much time in, and I just needed to take a break — something I’ve been trying to do for a few years now. But every time I found myself with extra time, I found some nonprofit group or activity to fill its void. I’ve said “yes” too often just thinking it would be a simple ask, and it usually wasn’t.

The ongoing global pandemic has taught me that I need to slow down and live my life.

The nonprofit groups will continue. The other activities will go on.

When I’m ready, I’ll find my way back into volunteering — either for groups I’ve recently hit pause on or new endeavors.

There’s a song from one of the greatest musicals — “Avenue Q” — that I often am reminded of: “For Now.” The lyrics go: “Nothing lasts. Life goes on, full of surprises. … Except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now.” This pause is only for now.

What led me to this decision that, from the outside, seems drastic? As I said earlier, it’s been a long time coming. When doing any kind of volunteering, I think of another “Avenue Q” song that goes: “When you help others, you’re really helping yourself.” Helping nonprofit groups began to feel like tasks mounting with no end in sight — and I started to feel as though I wasn’t helping myself.

A friend suggested that nonprofit work should still — at the core — be fun and fulfilling.

The other day, I ran across a post on Facebook with the quote posted above. I found Yasmine Cheyenne’s Instagram account to give her proper credit. But that quote (“I don’t have to apologize for letting go or choosing things in the name of my peace and healing”) really resonated with me. It’s OK to let go.

* Besides, did you really think I could completely step away? I’m still going to raise some money for the American Cancer Society because I signed up as a team captain and don’t want to have a zero-dollar team. But I’m going to do it with as little effort this year. And I still plan to help with a journalism group.

Of course, with an ongoing pandemic, there is little to fill this large chunk of time with. And maybe that’s for the best for now.

Food trucks, music, fun and more!

This week marks the 21st year since my grandma died. A lot has happened in that time, but my devotion to giving another grandma more time with her grandson — time that I didn’t have with my own — continues.

And, in the 20-plus years since her death, many other friends and loved ones have been affected by cancer either through being diagnosed or being a caregiver.

Your support helps to fund research (some of which is happening in Pittsburgh) and programs offered to cancer patients and families.

So, how can you help?

You can make a donation to fund American Cancer Society cancer research and programs. And I can talk your ear off about the invaluable programs and research.


Relay For Life is my chance to celebrate loved ones who have won and are winning their battle against cancer, remember those no longer with us and fight back against this disease that robs so many of so much.

More than just walking the track, I’m fundraising! Because of YOUR donations, more people:

  • Have the information and tools they need to help reduce their risk of getting cancer or find the disease early, when it’s easiest to treat
  • Have a place to turn for help 24/7
  • Benefit from the progress being made toward finding cancer’s causes and cures
  • Get access to lifesaving screenings and treatment

Please join me in fighting cancer and consider supporting my fundraising efforts by making a donation.

Or, come to the Relay For Life event on July 22 at North Boundary Park! There are plenty of activities going on for people of all ages, including a food truck dinner party!! Here is the full schedule.

Can’t make the food truck dinner party or RFLCranberry? Or, can make it and still want to support research efforts and programs? Please consider a making a $15, $20 or whatever you’d like to offer donation. You can do so here.
Thank you so much for your support. Together, we will finish the fight!

Hope lives here

In a post yesterday, I noted that $4.5 million in American Cancer Society research grants are at Pittsburgh medical research facilities.

So, quite literally, hope lives here.

And what better way to promote hope living here than to wear some Pittsburgh pride!

Your purchase of one of these shirts can support my American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township efforts!

And we have options.


Interested in rocking one of these? Message me at BobbyCherry2@gmail.com.

Research is key to fighting cancer

Research is the most important aspect of the American Cancer Society. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has helped to make nearly every major cancer research breakthrough.

Right now in Pittsburgh, the American Cancer Society has provided more than $4.5 million in research grants. So the next cancer breakthrough could happen in the City of Champions!

Help fund research and programs for cancer patients and families by making a donation to my Cherry Pickers team at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society research program.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township is planned for July 22 at North Boundary Park in Cranberry. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. Listed below are highlights for when you might want to stop by!

The event is a fundraiser to raise money to support programs and research, including supporting cancer researchers right here in Pittsburgh.

Here are the highlights of the day’s events:

  • Survivor lap and lunch: 12:30 p.m.
  • Eugene and the Nightcrawlers performance: 2:15 p.m.
  • Miss Freddye performance: 4 p.m.
  • Performance painter George Williams: 5 p.m.
  • Food Trucks Dinner Party: 5-8 p.m.
  • Road To Recovery Race: 6 p.m.
  • Survivor and Caregiver Lap: 6:20 p.m.
  • Fight Back ceremony: 7 p.m.
  • Luminaria ceremony: 9 p.m.

See the full schedule of events here.

In addition, I’ll be having fun at the mission tent with games, prizes and so much more through much of the day.

Why am I very passionate about the American Cancer Society? Read my story here.

Thank you for reading this and helping to create a world with less cancer.

21 years ago …

I realized recently I can’t always remember some events from my childhood. That is, until something jogs my memory — a photo, an ornament, a story, etc.

It’s been 21 years since my grandma’s death, and, unlike other days in my childhood, I’ve never forgotten the day she died. While I’ll never know how long she might have lived had cancer not taken her, I’ll forever blame cancer for cutting short the time I had with her.

She’s the reason I started participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. And it is the research, the programs, the services, the education, the advocacy the American Cancer Society does that has kept me involved more than 20 years later.

Cancer took my gram away far too early, so it’s been my motivation to make sure other children can share more moments and memories with their grandmas (and grandpas) that I was not afforded.

Help fund research and programs for cancer patients and families by making a donation to my Cherry Pickers team at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.