It’s Better To Give Than To Receive


I realize that this is a real estate blog and we are all looking for great tips and advise using this forum, but I thought I’d take a minute to share a little something on a personal level.   

I am a 5+ year cancer survivor and am alive and well thanks to the tremendous care I received here in the Boston area.  At the time I was diagnosed, my children were 9, 7 and 3.  Scary times for all of us.  Now that our oldest two are teenagers, they can appreciate just how lucky we all have been. 

This year we told our girls about a place in Boston that houses cancer patients who live outside of a 40 mile radius of Boston.  The name of it is the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge.  My husband and I had gone to a fundraiser a few years ago prior to it’s opening it’s doors and it was at that fundraiser that I became acutely aware of how much I probably took for granted back when I was diagnosed.    The girls are now 15 and 13 and they remember when I would come home from my treatments, sick and tired, but home.  That was the key…being home. 

We were all so fortunate to be fighting this disease together.  Our girls are trying to make a difference in the lives of those cancer patients who aren’t as lucky.  They travel to Boston from around the country and the world just to get the best treatment for their type of cancer.  Many leave behind family members because they are here for weeks or months at a time.    

This year the girls began a fundraiser called “Flickers… for Hope”.  They plan to raise $8000 so that they can go out and purchase individual pre-lit Christmas trees and Menorah’s for the 40 rooms at the Hope Lodge.  For those clients who stay there in December, these will be in their rooms each night when they return back to the lodge after a long day of treatments.  It’s a small gesture but one we believe will make a big difference.  If you can’t be home, why not try and make it feel as much like home as possible, right?  

So far, the girls have raised over $6500 so they are getting close to their goal.  We are extremely proud of their efforts and have been thrilled with the support they have received.  I’m not one to brag about my children but I believe that what they are doing is worth talking about.  

I hope they will continue to give back as they get older and know they will see that the act of giving is so much more rewarding than receiving.   

About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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