This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are those of the writer.
Rite on, Girl! Every day when she posted pictures onto social media channels I was not just impressed but in awe of my niece Audrey. As part of the Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4K for Cancer, Audrey rode her bicycle from Maryland to California, a distance of over 4,000 miles. Together the teams of riders raised in excess of $1 million and brought awareness to the unique fight of young adults battling cancer.
What would motivate young adults to give up their summer and subject themselves to relentless terrain and sheer exhaustion? For each rider, it varied. Some, like Audrey, know cancer too well.
At ten, her brother had been ill. Strep throat, they said. But in reality it was an aggressive form of leukemia that took sweet Dominic within hours of diagnosis. At his funeral, my brother-in-law read a quote from Harry Potter’s headmaster Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” Audrey turned on the light.
When I look at my three daughters and daydream about who they will become, I hope they have the same willingness to serve. I hope they give of themselves physically and emotionally without yielding. I hope they inspire others to do something big, to make a difference.
I know that my girls will encounter hardships. But like Audrey, I hope that they choose to turn on the light. She serves as a glowing reminder of what one can accomplish when they step outside of the darkness of their sorrow.
Are there teenaged girls in your life that deserve recognition? Someone you’d say “Rite on” to?
Share their inspirational story and nominate them for a piece of the Dove/ShopRite scholarship fun. To enter, moms, aunts, coaches, teachers, mentors, or whomever are asked to write an essay about how the teen exhibits confidence, leadership, and is making an impact in her community. Dove and ShopRite will select two winners per state. Academic scholarships will be awarded with $4,000 going to the first place winner and $1,000 to the second place winner.
A breakdown of all prizes, including nominator prizes include:
(1) 1st place Scholarship: $4,000
(1) 1st place Nominator prize: $400
(1) 2nd place Scholarship: $1,000
(1) 2nd place Nominator prize: $100
(20) $50 ShopRite Gift cards (random drawing)
Total Prizing (per State): $6,500
When we encourage teens and young adults to make a difference, we are fostering a lifetime of service.
I also wanted to make you aware that during the month of November, select ShopRite stores will be hosting free Self Esteem Workshops. The Dove Self-Esteem Workshop was created to open up communication on appearance, beauty and body image and develop the skills and behaviors that lead to positive self-esteem in girls ages 13 – 19. If you would like to sign up, see the guest services agent at your nearest ShopRite location.
And for everyone living in CT, DE, MD, NY, NJ, and PA, enter to win one of five $50 ShopRite gift cards!
ShopRite Dove Simply Being Mom Sweepstakes