Blog 4 Cause

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"Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they're always there." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Blogging For A Cause

Breast cancer has affected countless millions of people – from the women and men who have had this disease, to their family and friends who love them. 

Estimates show that breast cancer is newly diagnosed in approximately 200,000 women each year.  And while the risks are much lower, men are not immune from this disease either.  That's about 550 new cases of breast cancer EVERY DAY.

Much is being done to develop cures and bring awareness this deadly disease. 

The Susan G. Komen foundation is the leading breast cancer movement in the world, working together with people from all reaches of the world, in search of a cure. 

Today, you have the opportunity to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. 

Together with my friend, Joanna Sutter, we have teamed up to create an e-book. 


This is no ordinary e-book.  This is the collective effort of over 150 writers from throughout the world.  Writers uniting together in a race for the cure. 


Every one of these writers has contributed a favorite article to this e-book, creating a wonderful collection of stories.  Stories of inspiration, personal growth, fitness, food, humor, and more. 

Today, Joanna and I are asking for your help. 

Please visit the Susan G. Komen Blog-4-Cause website to learn how you can support the mission to end breast cancer.  In addition, you'll find information on how to recieve this Blog-4-Cause E-book, our gift to you.  A bonus e-book, from author and life coach Tim Brownson, is included as well.

There is much hope in a future filled with possibility.  Together, we all can make a difference!

With deep gratitude,
Lance and Joanna

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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John October 29, 2009 at 11:35 am

Yes, congratulations Lance, Joanna, and Susan for making this possible! I’m going to spread the word as much as I can (before class starts).

I hope your efforts truly pay off!
.-= John´s Last Fabulous Post ..What I’ve Been Reading This Week – Issue 2 =-.


FatFighterTV October 29, 2009 at 11:54 am

Wow – 150 writers! That is awesome! You guys rock! What an amazing thing you two are doing.
.-= FatFighterTV´s Last Fabulous Post ..Food for Thought: Halloween candy =-.


Tabitha October 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

150 writers!! That’s amazing!! I can’t wait to read it!
.-= Tabitha´s Last Fabulous Post ..U Can Uplift Hospitalized Kids This Christmas ? =-.


Vanessa October 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I am proud to be part of this amazing creation. I will pass the word to as many people as I know. Thank you both for doing this amazing task!!!! Peace, Vanessa
.-= Vanessa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Be the change! =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus October 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Hi Lance,

Congratulations on the completion of the e-book! That is wonderful that you got 150 writers and I am honored to be one of them. Thank you so much for letting me take part and thank you so much for spreading more awareness about cancer. It is a horrible disease. My mother passed away from a different kind of cancer but cancer is cancer and it sucks. The sooner we get rid of it, the better.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Chillin’ with the Saltwater Buddha: Being Spiritual in a Material World =-.


Nathalie Lussier October 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Congrats on getting the ebook together Lance & Joanna! I know you are all doing great work in this world, and this is just the cherry on top. 🙂 I’m truly honored to be one of the contributors to this book as well.

Thanks again for including information on how to deal with cancer in a preventative and holistic way!
.-= Nathalie Lussier´s Last Fabulous Post ..3 Halloween Treats for the Raw Curious =-.


Hilary October 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Hi Lance and Joanna .. thank you so much for putting the ebook together and how fabulous to have so much support – but we’re a good bunch! I’m looking forward to having a good look and seeing all 150 contributions, and also to doing what I can to benefit others through promotion of the ebook .. spreading that word on a regular basis.

I know the devastation it can create – tomorrow is the funeral of my uncle who had prostate cancer, triggered into bone cancer – very quick blessedly – so I shall pray for all peoples with cancer, and those who are sick and ill.

It is extraordinary what you have both done, and everyone who has contributed including Tim Brownson’s with his gift (an interesting read ahead), all cancer charities are worth while and I’m sure the extra we are able to add to the pot will bring research forward and be of help to the generations to come.

Thanks so very much Lance and Joanna – all the best Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sands of Time … =-.


Hayden Tompkins October 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

This is such an amazing book, I am proud and privileged to be a part of it. Thank you for organizing something so incredible!!!!!
.-= Hayden Tompkins´s Last Fabulous Post ..Make A Difference Today =-.


SpinDiva October 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Fantastic! I can’t wait to see it and congrats on completing this project. I will have to blog about it and get the word out!!!
.-= SpinDiva´s Last Fabulous Post .."This is it." =-.


Jan October 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I am so happy for you both—for all of us—that this glorious project is officially launched. I am so proud to be a part of it. I’ve already donated and received my copies of the e-books. I hope everyone else will too and raise a bunch of bucks toward this important cause. I did so in honor of two of my dear friends who are now and have been journeying with breast cancer, Ellie and Carole. May they both continue to heal and flourish! I love you both!

P. S. I did add the book cover and link from my blog in further support. I will also be sending out the info and invitation to donate via my newsletter soon. 🙂 Love to all. Health and healing to all!


Erin Brooks October 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I can’t believe you two finished it this quickly! I’m so proud of both of you! You are both incredible!
I love you both and thank you for letting me be apart of this wonderful project!
.-= Erin Brooks´s Last Fabulous Post ..Snickers Cookies and a Stubborn Man =-.


Juliet | Freelancewise October 29, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Hi Lance

Wonderful and for all of your work and love.
I’m heading over…



Lisa (mommymystic) October 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Lance, bravo to you and Joanna for all your hard work…What a lovely idea and execution…Heading over now…


Marelisa October 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Great job Lance, and for such an important cause. The cover is beautiful.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Get A Motivation Boost From Nike =-.


Jay Schryer October 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Congratulations on getting this put together so quickly! Truly, you all are a force for good in this world. I’m so proud to be a part of this!
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..Thou Shalt Not Sell Out =-.


Sara October 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I have been a longtime supporter of the Susan G. Komen for The Cure, but it was only in the last couple of weeks that the importance of what they do really came home for me. I went in for a screening mammogram and was called back for a diagnostic one. While I now this isn’t uncommon, it scared me…no, it terrified me.

I am fine, but I remember the other women waiting with me for their diagnostic exams and I wonder how things turned out for them. One really good thing I discovered in doing research before I went back in is how far we’ve come regarding the ability to diagnose and treat this cancer. It’s still not enough, but thanks to places like Susan G. Komen for The Cure and bloggers like you two, we are able to do so much more.

Thank you Lance and Joanna…from the my heart and my breasts:~)
.-= Sara´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Halloween Scare =-.


Jennifer October 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

How wonderful!!! It’s finished! I know it took a lot more work on your part than any of us realize. Thank you so much for putting this together for such a great cause. May much good be done as a result of this. May a cure be found for this terrible disease! Thank you again! Your light of goodness continues to shine forth.

Gonna go check all this out….
.-= Jennifer´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Do You See? =-.


Tess The Bold Life October 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Congratulations on your wonderful and generous e-book. Think of a light going as each e-book is send out through the universe with love. All because two people followed through on an idea and invited others to join them. Life is all about love and you two are a shining example. Hearts to you both. I’m putting up the badge on my site!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..For All My Friends Near and Far =-.


Jess (Fit Chick in the City) October 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Awesome work, Lance and Joanna! You guys rock!


Caity October 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I tried and tried to find a post at my blog that was suitable for this ebook but I could never come up with an entry I wanted to submit. I am really upset that I didn’t submit to this myself now, but I will definitely be getting a copy of the ebook myself. This is a fantastic thing you’ve done. 🙂
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..One of those days. =-.


Linda Abbit October 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Dear Lance and Joanna,

Congratulations for this wonderful labor of love. I am pleased to be included as an author and will help promote it, too.

You have my utmost gratitude for creating this ebook.

Here’s to finding a cure sooner rather than later!
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers — 10/28/09 =-.


Jannie Funster October 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

150 strong!! What a feat — you guys so completely ROCK!!!


Now, to put up that button….
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..One Blogging Buddy Down, 758 To Go =-.


Lori October 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Shaka this, Lance, Joanna, and Susan!
I’m amazed how quickly this came together and am in awe at the number of contributors! Wow, I’m feel like standing up and dancing around my chair! This is amazing.
I can’t wait to get my paws on this; I’m sure it will make for inspirational reading.

When I look back at 2009, this will be one of the efforts of which I will be most proud of being a part – even if only having made a contribution of a single post of mine (and to buy a copy and sent your link to all my friends!).
Thanks for this opportunity to make a difference, Lance & friends.
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Jane Makes Me Feel Warm and Loving =-.


Barbara Swafford October 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Hi Lance and Joanna,

Thank you so much for all of your time and devotion to this great cause. The book looks so classy, but I’m guessing the 150 stories inside is where the beauty really lies.

Thank you all, Lance, Joanna and all who contributed. Your contributions will not be forgotten.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Would You Wait 17,520 Hours? =-.


BunnygotBlog October 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm

This was a wonderful idea.
Bless you all.


Peggy Nolan October 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Hooray! It’s finished and it’s out! I applaud you Lance and Joanna for coordinating and spearheading this effort…and for inviting me to be a part of it.

I’ll be celebrating SIX years cancer free next year!



Sagan October 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad that it all came together. This is a fantastic cause and it’s really nice that so many bloggers got to share in contributing to it.
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Product Review and Giveaway: Taza Chocolate =-.


Wilma Ham October 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

You Lance and Joanna have shown how a thought can manifest by being love in action, making requests and being in integrity by following through on your pormise and putting in all your efforts.
If this is not a great example of how we can actually live life, I do not know what is.
More than a book, you harvested love and made it into a star that now will shine its goodness on the earth to eradicate all cancerous growth.
THAT is what I find so amazing and thank you for letting me be part of this miracle and doing all the work.
I am in awe of you two, hugs Wilma
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..Ann-Marie on saying NO to requests. =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord October 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm

This is absolutely tremendous, and I will share it with friends and family. Thank you, Lance & Joanna, for doing such a wonderful thing!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Love Leaves Again =-.


Daphne @ Joyful Days October 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Lance and Joanna,

You’re both truly inspiring, using your blogging skills to help others. I’m humbled to learn from you two, and just want to say thank you for shining a light on the world through this project.
.-= Daphne @ Joyful Days´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is 85 the New 65? =-.


Keith October 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

WOW! Amazing job Lance and Joanna! I am so happy and humbled to have been asked to contribute an article to this book. Thank you both for the opportunity and all of your hard work. I am blessed to “know” you!
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Keep The Faith! =-.


Evelyn Lim October 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Congratulations about your ebook! Wish I could have participated but the timing was not right for me. Anyway, wishing you folks every success. Will assist in spreading the word around!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Abundance Tapestry is Live =-.


Bern ~ Walking in Stillness October 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

You have the Pureness of Heart that can truly dissolve the cancer that surrounds us.

Thanks for loving the world as you do.
.-= Bern ~ Walking in Stillness´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pacific Crest Trail 2009 ~ part 3 =-.


Arswino October 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Congratulations Lance, Joanna, and Susan. Just one word to say : Amazing!
.-= Arswino´s Last Fabulous Post ..Why Only 5% of People Could Succeed in Changing Their Fate? =-.


Carla October 30, 2009 at 1:15 am

150 writers!?! That is amazing. Congratulations on the ebook and and all of the effort put into it.
.-= Carla´s Last Fabulous Post ..I am here! (The Financial Cost of Multiple Sclerosis) =-.


shabana October 30, 2009 at 1:54 am

This is a wonderful venture….wishin u all da best…..u got my fulll support…


Andrew @ October 30, 2009 at 4:39 am

Excellent! Losts of hard work for a great cause. So pleased you invited me to be included. Going to get my copy now and spread the word.

.-= Andrew @´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to increase blog traffic with your blog post =-.


Daphne October 30, 2009 at 7:27 am

I can’t wait to get a copy! Thanks so much for putting this together! Congrats!
.-= Daphne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Who Am I? =-.


The Exception October 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

Just in its conception, this project was a success. I am thrilled to have been able to participate and I can’t wait to read my copy!!
.-= The Exception´s Last Fabulous Post ..Who Says You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?? =-.


Laurie October 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

Your heart is so enormous, my friend. I, like everyone here, has had friends who battled breast cancer. As you know, I lost my aunt this summer to that horrible disease. Unfortunately, she surrendered to it without a fight. I appreciate you. Thanks for all you do.


suzen October 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

Magnificent example of what can be done when people come together for a cause! Lance and Joanna, your generosity of spirit and the effort it took to pull all this together – wow – it is beyond awesome! It’s a legacy of love! I am not only delighted and honored to be a very small part of this, but oh so grateful! I will do all that I can to promote this ebook – people working together CAN make a difference!
Love, hugs, and much admiration to you both!


Extreme Fitness Blog October 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Congratulations, Lance and Joanna, for accomplishing something that is both so important and creative at the same time. Unifying 150 writers from around the world for such a beautiful cause is amazing, and I truly hope you are feeling a profound sense of both accomplishment and pride!
.-= Extreme Fitness Blog´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t Take It Sitting Down – Standing And Health =-.


Patricia October 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Great idea and the outcome looks terrific. Thank you for putting your energies in this direction.
You are also inspiring me to keep going on my UNICEF fundraiser
.-= Patricia´s Last Fabulous Post ..Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins =-.


Angelia Sims October 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

What an honor and privilege to be in this awesome cause! Thank you Lance and Joanna for making it happen.
Truly a masterpiece of hope.
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Blog 4 Cause =-.


Karl - Work Happy Now October 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I am so glad to be a part of this project. I hope it’s a major success. What am I saying. I know it will be a major success.

Most of us know someone who has been stricken with cancer. We need to bring as much energy, money, and prayer to fighting this disease as we can.

I’ll be sending a link to this project from my blog next week. I hope all my readers buy the book.
.-= Karl – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Hard, The Fun, and The Beautiful – Puffy Smile Edition =-.


miruspeg October 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Lance, you and Joanna are inspiring people. What an achievement in such a short space of time.
I feel so proud taking this journey with you.
Together we can definitely make a difference!!
Peggy xxxx
.-= miruspeg´s Last Fabulous Post ..Card Drops =-.


Stacey Shipman October 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

Congratulations! This is wonderful… and 150 people helping out is tremendous. I wish you the best of luck with this endeavor.

I’ll put up a link/post next week…happy to help in any way.

Thank you!
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..Forget the Gym and Think Options =-.


Lance October 31, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I want to publicly take a moment to offer my deepest gratitude to Joanna Sutter, who was so instrumental in this all coming together. What an amazing effort she put in to make this happen – there’s no way I could have even come close to completing this without her Herculean work to see this reach completion. Joanna, THANK YOU!!

And to everyone who has read here, commented, visited the Susan G. Komen website, made donations, contributed articles, and just generally been such a great cheering section during this – my deepest thanks and gratitude to all of you! Wow! You are all incredible in such wonderful ways!! And through this amazing support by ALL of you – we ALL are making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from breast cancer, or who might in the future. And that feels deeply moving…all of it.



Joy October 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I think what you have both done is absolutely amazing. Spreading such good energy and inspiration as well as raising money for a worthy cause that touches us each in some way! Thank you for your hard work and dedication in putting this wonderful book together, and lots of peace and blessings to you both:)


Patricia November 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I am reading a page a day to savor the book and your good efforts – sending out positive energy – it is amazing
Again Thank you both.
.-= Patricia´s Last Fabulous Post ..Welcome! To The Harvest Potluck! =-.


Positively Present November 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

This is awesome! I'm so excited that i was given the opportunity to participate in such an awesome project. Thank you for doing this and thank you for including me! 


Jan Sokoloff Harness November 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

Hi! Linked to your site and the Komen site yesterday. Thanks for everything!


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