This April, Amanda Connor will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Power in Purple Campaign.
As a leader in our community, Amanda’s goal is to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Las Vegas chapter.
Read her story below.
Amanda Connor’s Story
If I could aspire to be like one person in my life, it would be my grandmother, Momo.
Momo was an incredible woman – she was strong enough to get through any crisis but also gentle enough to nurture our wounds and help us get back up from any fall (literal or metaphorical).
She was mother to four, grandmother to nine, and great-grandmother to two children who she had incredibly high expectations for, but whom she loved and supported unconditionally. She spoke her mind but always had kindness in her heart. She was my Momo and I looked forward to visits at her house and swimming in her pool.
I can still remember the day that my world came crashing down. I was just leaving English class and walking in the halls of school; my mother walked in and told me that Momo was sick. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
That summer we would drive her an hour each way, three times a week, for her treatments and we all celebrated when she was declared cancer-free!
For twenty years, my Momo was a woman who had beaten cancer – just one more thing she was able to crush. When I had kids, Momo was my inspiration. When I don’t know how to handle a situation, I ask myself, “What would Momo do?”
Then, the cancer came back with a vengeance. Doctors predicted she had months to live, but my Momo was a strong woman who fought for years.
I loved going to visit her and taking my kids to see her. She told great stories and loved us fiercely. And even as her body began to weaken, she was concerned about us. She would check in on my son’s soccer tournament or my recent work accomplishment.
In October of 2016, I went to New Mexico because my mom called to tell me Momo was going on hospice care. I sat and held her hand. That hand told stories of years of fighting for what she believed in and was filled with love. I could sense years of love as I sat there and wept.
On that visit, Momo told me the thing I desired to hear the most – “Amanda you are doing a great job. You are a good mother.” Shortly after that day, Momo passed away.
I can still hear her voice and feel her hand holding mine. I only hope to be as good of a woman and mother as Momo was. She fought hard and loved harder. In her honor, I am participating in #powerinpurple.
Donate to Amanda’s Campaign
If you would like to donate to Amanda’s Power in Purple Campaign, you can visit her fundraising page here.
You can also mail in your donation, or donate in person at:
Connor & Connor PLLC
710 Coronado Center Drive, Suite 121
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Additionally, when you make a donation, you have the option of having your name, or the name of someone you would like to honor, displayed on a purple heart in our office. When you make a donation, just add a note with the name you would like to appear on a heart.
Help us turn our office purple and donate today. All funds will go to the American Cancer Society | Relay for Life Las Vegas campaign.