Remembering our Grandmothers
American Cancer Society Wedding Favors Program "Teriffic Way to Say Thank You"
New York, NY – June 27, 2012 – Ryan and Chris Stott were determined to make their June 2nd wedding truly special. And that meant honoring the memories of their grandmothers, who both lost lives to cancer a few years earlier. “We both grew up in close-knit families,” says Chris, “Our grandmothers lived close by and we often turned to for advice and guidance during our childhoods.”
So when Chris’s grandmother, Ruth, succumbed to cancer in 2001, followed by Ryan’s grandmother, Annies, in 2010, the deaths took an emotional toll on the couple. “We saw firsthand what a cruel and unforgiving disease cancer really is; how it made the women we knew to be strong, kind and giving so unbelievably weak and tired,” says Chris.
When planning their wedding, the couple couldn’t help but wish their grandmothers could be there with them—to experience their love and excitement, to give them one last piece of advice, to calm their big day jitters. They talked about meaningful ways to celebrate their grandmothers’ lives by doing something more than a note on a wedding program. “We liked the idea of making a charitable donation in lieu of traditional wedding favors that wouldn’t really mean as much, at least not to us. The American Cancer Society’s Wedding Favors was the first charity that came to mind. By making a donation on behalf of our wedding guests, not only were we remembering two women who meant so much to us, but we also were contributing to finding a cure for cancer.” The couple was very pleased with their choice of table tents. “They are simple yet elegant, and fit right in with the rest of our wedding décor. We really felt that it was a terrific way to say ‘thank you’ to our grandmothers and wedding guests, and also have a meaningful impact on finding a cure for cancer.”
One June 2, 2012, Ryan and Chris became husband and wife and forever joined the lives for a journey that lies ahead. With the history of cancer on both sides of their family, they know that journey will have to include regular checkups and screenings. For now, it is their “sincere hope that one day individuals and families won’t have to go through what Ryan and I did watching our grandmothers fight cancer – that there will be a cure to end the pain and sadness.”
“Until then,” says Chris, “donating to the cause is a great way to show your support, and in our case, it was an awesome way to tie the memory of our loved ones in with our wedding. We know that it will be something our guests appreciate as well, and if anyone ever asks us for advice on remembering their loved ones or alternatives to traditional wedding favors for their big day, this story will be their answer.”
American Cancer Society Wedding Favors can be easily purchased by visiting www.ACSWeddingScrolls.org. Both Wedding Scrolls and Table Tent options are customizable with the bride and groom's names, wedding date and optional honoree name. All products are printed on superior quality paper in your choice of white, ivory, or parchment for wedding scrolls and pearlescent white for table tents.
Each wedding scroll represents a $3.00 donation to the American Cancer Society, requiring a minimum order of 100 scrolls. Table tents are also available, each representing a $15 donation, requiring a minimum order of 10 tents. The price includes the cost of printing. All orders are tax deductible.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.