Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Manila Flood Relief @ The Charles Bar

Manila was hit with a typhoon last week that has continued to cause intense flooding in major inhabited areas of the city. People of all socioeconomic backgrounds are being flooded out of their homes.

Please help support Manila Flood Relief by reserving this Saturday August 11th from 7pm onwards for a fundraiser at The Charles Bar 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the division of the Philippine Red Cross or any other aid group divesting effort directly towards aid relief at this time.

Event starts at 7pm & tickets are $15 (ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MANILA REDCROSS). It's also a UFC night so please feel free to invite friends =)

Manila Flood Relief

A fundraiser is in the works to support flood relief work in Manila. Please set time aside this Saturday August 11th from 6pm onwards. More information to come.


Monday, 7 May 2012

Loving the pain!

"Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you; your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality; you should stand up for your right to feel pain." – Jim Morrison.

Yesterday the Pancreatic Cancer Fighters ran the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon in support of Pancreatic Cancer Canada's attempts to fund research. Despite the sprained knees, blisters and soreness I feel pretty great! I am so thankful for all the support I've received from my family and friends that the pain is well worth everything I've gained.

Many heartfelt thanks,
Maria Bernardo

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

22K for Pancreatic Cancer Research

There are so many thoughts and emotions running through my head. In attempt to express them all I'll probably forget my grammar or vocabulary. Here it goes ...

Thought #1 Terrifiedness - is that a word? It should be! Before February, when I enlisted to run the BMO Half Marathon, I rarely went to the gym or did any physically activity. For the past three months I've been trying so hard to run at least four days a week to eventually be prepared for this half marathon. In that time I managed to trip over a pine cone and sprain my knee so now here I am trying to rid myself of my anxiety by venting in a blog.

Thought #2 Wonderment - apparently that is a word. This experience has brought on plenty of surprises. One is that there are people out there able to run a half and full marathon and that I have muscles that exist in several strange places (only discovered after I've pulled them of course).

I am genuinely grateful for everyone's support from my coworkers and the CEO of a great company called Urban Impact, the founders and directors of Pancreatic Cancer Canada and of course my family and friends.  I am sincerely grateful for the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received as I try to tackle this challenge.

Not many people have the ability to take on this challenge; to have full capacity to breathe and live my life ultimately as I am have without having the limitations of a terminal disease like pancreatic cancer. While I am terrified of not being able to finish the half marathon or the potential of an injury, I am thankful and fully acknowledge that this is a great accomplishment.

So thank you for your support through donations to pancreatic cancer research, your encouragements and most of all your love.

Maria Bernardo

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Monday, 2 April 2012

New home, new look

Please check out our new website:

We would love your feed back on what other handy things you'd like to see on our official site.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Definitely a Journey

Each of us in our own way experiences life as a journey. Most often these journeys are driven by wealth, beauty and spirituality. To be able to work for a better occupation or to discipline ourselves to tune into our spirituality --we all have a right to experience this journey. 

Cancer along with many other deadly diseases takes this right away from many of our family and friends. With the advancements in medical and communication technology we, as human beings, have been able to fund preventative and curative research for the most recognized diseases. Yet, it's 2012 and we still know very little about pancreatic cancer.

According to the Charity Intelligence Canada 2011 report patients diagnosed early only have a 9% survival rate. While other diseases are researching for cures, pancreatic cancer research is still in the midst of diagnostic and detection research. Doctors have no means of detecting this disease until most patients are within their late stage. This is not a surprise since in Canada this disease is in need of the most research funding (see chart below). It's a sad fact and definitely something personal for me.

This May I will be running a half marathon to raise awareness and support research for pancreatic cancer. I am by no means anyone who can run and a mere 5K has already proved to be a challenge for me. This is the journey I choose to face in order to help those who have had their own life journey cut.

Please help by sponsoring my half marathon through a direct donation to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. I avidly advocate supporting different causes; however, while each of us have our own journeys I hope that at the very least you can consider mine.

Genuinely grateful & sincerely yours,
Maria Bernardo

Thursday, 1 March 2012

PanCancer Fighters Team Lunch!

The Pancreatic Cancer Fighters team running the BMO half marathon will be getting together this Saturday at 1pm for lunch on Commercial Drive. If you are interested in joining the team please email median.fundraising@gmail.com

We look forward to your support during the journey to run our first ever half marathon.

Karra Barron - freelance copywriter & writer (http://www.karrabarron.com/)
Marie Grape - culinary & pastry artist (MMindulgences.blogspot.com)
Maria Bernardo - MEDIAN founder & executive director

Monday, 13 February 2012

Share the love xox

Wishing all of you a happy lifetime of LOVE! 

Please don't forget to sponsor the Pancreatic Cancer Fighters team in their journey to run the BMO half marathon May 6th, 2012.

You can DONATE HERE or you can check out our participant page at Pancreatic Cancer Canada

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Pancreatic cancer fighters to run a half-marathon!

Looking for those willing and able to participate in the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Sunday May 6th to raise support and awareness for pancreatic cancer research through Pancreatic Cancer Canada - Canada's only leading organization driving early detection research studies entirely for pancreatic cancer.

If you would simply like to be a part of this journey and contribute to support pancreatic cancer research please feel free to donate here.

To register with this team you can click on this link: https://registration.bmovanmarathon.ca/register_single.cgi and select 'Pancreatic Cancer Fighters'. Registration is $75 before March 1 and $95 after.   Please let me know if you are interested or have joined.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; 
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Sunday, 22 January 2012

BMO Half Marathon for pancreatic cancer awareness

Please join us in running the BMO half marathon May 6th in support of Pancreatic Cancer Canada and their goal to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

If you are interested please contact us. Feel free to check out our participant page with Pancreatic Cancer Canada: http://www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca/goto/medianfundraising.

More information to follow. 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Happy 2012!

Do you know an organization that desperately needs support? Is there an issue that you wish to raise more awareness for?

With the new year upon us, we are looking for people who have a passion in voluntarily organizing events. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact us at median.fundraising@gmail.com.

For more information or to see Median's very first annual report. Please contact us.

Genuinely appreciative for your support! xo

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

handmAID bracelets for a great cause!

Help contribute to the highschool education of girls in Northern Ghana by purchasing a beautiful originally woven bracelet by handmAID. Proceeds from these sales will go to the Create Change non-profit organization.

handmAID consists of a team of high school students that are passionate about global education. They believe that education has the power to build individuals, families, and in turn, develop communities. They believe that education gives an individual the power to fight injustice and speak up for their rights.*

Authentic woven bracelets are $5 and Hope pins are $3

*source: www.facebook.com/handmaidproject