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In recent news, The Point had announced our excitement as we gained a new partner: Chuck Runyon of Self Esteem Brands (Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, Wax In The City, The Bar Method, and more).
Now, to kick-off our new partnership we've decided to launch a campaign close to our hearts: #LiftEvaUp
My Story: By Eva
I am Eva, I am 15 years old and live in Norway. Last summer while I was visiting family and friends in Minnesota I started to feel a pain in my hip and leg. After several doctor’s appointments and physical therapy nothing worked and I could barely walk. Then on the first day of school in the fall I found out that I have cancer! It is a rare type of cancer called osteosarcoma and it is in my pelvis. This came as a huge shock to me and my family and still is….
The last months have been extremely difficult. A year that I had planned to spend on school, hanging out with friends, ballet, piano and voice lessons instead turned into hospitals, 18 rounds of chemotherapy, several small surgeries, scans and evaluations. I feel that I have already been through a lot and had many difficult experiences. One was losing my hair. I have had so many questions about this and I know that it is not the end of the world because it will grow back when I am done with chemo. But to a girl whose hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are an important part of me this has been very hard to deal with. I also had to get a feeding tube put into my stomach to make sure that I get enough nutrition. This has helped a lot when I have had no appetite and felt very nauseous.
The days in the hospital can be long and boring since there are few patients my own age, but the good thing so far is that it only took a few rounds of chemo before the pain went away and I no longer needed a wheelchair or crutches. I have amazing and supportive family and friends who have been by my side the whole time.
If you want to know more about me and my story or ask me questions, you can follow me on Instagram. My username is evadelores.
We're on a mission to #LiftEvaUp!
What do the words passion, people, and purpose mean to you? To Chuck Runyon and me, these three words lead us to the most powerful “p” word for the The Point Retreats: Partnership!
Our families have known one another for over a decade, our family cabins are on the same lake, and our kiddos go to the same school. Family friendship has been in existence for many years, but what made the two of us decide to lock arms and partner up at The Point? It’s the “p” word that drives both of us personally and professionally— purpose. Chuck and I are both purpose-driven leaders who share a strong desire to lead others to health and wellbeing. We both possess a drive to foster a healthspan full of promise and a lifespan full of purpose.
As we announce our new partnership at The Point, it only seems fitting that we launch our news with a purpose driven mission. The Point Retreats is a platform for people to dive into a health retreat or wellbeing vacation to improve your healthy lifestyle. But what happens when health is disrupted by disease?
The nurse in me is always drawn to caring for those who are not well. The philanthropic heart in Chuck is always looking for ways to give. So we are starting our partnership with purpose as we enter our first year together at The Point. Love Your Melon is a local non-profit organization that provides hats full of love to children battling cancer. Many of us know about these incredible hats and the powerful mission behind them. This year, these hats take on a new meaning and purpose as one of my daughter’s dear friends was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Eva has been in our life since she was a little girl; she is a beautiful and talented 15-year-old who is battling bone cancer. Today, she is bravely sharing her story on the other side of this card. Every teen simply wants to hang with friends, listen to music, play sports, and go to school. Eva’s world has turned into 18 rounds of chemotherapy, buying wigs, urgent doctor visits, and nausea and fatigue.
Chuck and I both have children Eva’s age and feel a call to elevate Eva and every other child battling cancer. Our purpose this New Year’s season is to support children battling cancer to get back to health and simply being a kid. We are doing this by giving away LYM hats in our respective work communities. All net profits will go directly to the Pinky Swear Foundation—a local charity supporting kids and families with pediatric cancer. Love works and love heals, so let’s all send Eva—and all children battling cancer—some extra love right now.
If you end up receiving or buying one of our custom The Point Retreats Love Your Melon hats, take a photo of you in your hat and share it with Eva via #LiftEvaUP! to elevate her on the days she needs a lift. It’s amazing how a simple photo and hat full of love can create moments of hope and joy.
Sincerely, Chuck and Christa
Purpose-driven partners at The Point Retreats