The Drive to Make a Difference

by: Ben Broghammer

It is an amazing feeling knowing we have the power to change our world to anything we want to.  There is no saying the exact amount of work each task we set out to do will take, and surly there has to be a passion and drive behind our actions.  Some may be overflowing with emotion and others may simply be the strong desire for change.  And the best have both.  The meaning behind Project Periwinkle is one that is heavy with emotion and the passion to make a difference in a world were cancer is too much a part of our lives and affects far too many people and families every year. 

In the summer of 2013, my cousin, Michon, was diagnosed with stomach cancer and she passed away a year later.  I struggled dealing with what was happening throughout her battle, and that struggle still exists, even after her death.  At the time, I knew I had to do something that would make it so that no one had to go through was she and my family did.  And when cancer continued to affect not only my family, but also the families of those around me, the drive to make a difference grew stronger and more powerful.  The most difficult thing to deal with is knowing there is nothing that can be done to change the past, but I know that we can fight back and end cancer once and for all.

It is the knowledge that we can stop cancer that keeps me going, and that the memories of those who have passed will live on through our work and through our personal drive for finding a cure.  I started this organization with the understanding that I would never take compensation for my work and all those involved have pledged the same.  I want to maximize our impact and put every dollar we raise toward fulling our mission where it helps people and that begins with putting the money where it works.  We can do so much more and help so many others this way and that is the whole point of charity—to help others and make a difference in the world and putting ourselves on the back burner.  I started this organization to make a difference, and to work to ensure that cancer doesn’t exist in our world anymore.  It has taken too many lives far too soon, and it will not have the final word. 

I appreciate your interest in this organization, and any support you can give means the world to me!  It is only because of the support we receive that we are able to continue our work.  Together, we can make a difference and make our world a better place.