Staying Positive

As Co-Captain of our team, I feel responsible for everything that happens on our team. Whether it pertains to fundraising, collecting money, or even holding the Chi Chi Mama store in the back of my truck, I have stepped up to let all of our team members know they can count on me. So, needless to say, staying positive about everything is very important.

Staying positive has been hard lately, though. We have had a few members leave our team, and that is deeply saddening to me. I know that several of the members have personal reasons why they are not going to walk with us this year, but I also know that a couple of those members have said that there is negativity surrounding our team that made their decision to bow out easier.

I know exactly what they are talking about.

Since this team was created, Kristina and I looked to our closest friends and people who we see on a daily basis where we work. Fortunately, we had quite a few people interested in joining us. Unfortunately, though, people that were not on the team were upset.  I don’t feel as though we talked much about the walk or fundraising around these people, or even much at all at work. I even invited them to become a part of our team! I know you can’t please everyone, it just stinks that the negativity surrounding our team spurred a few people to quit.

So, as of now our roster stands at 10 Chi Chi Mamas and 1 Papa. If I have anything to say about it, that is the way it is going to stay! We have a lot of fundraisers coming up and we need all the help we can get! I tell you one thing though, staying positive is a whole lot easier when you call upon a local business and tell them what you are doing and they immediately make a donation. Seeing the generosity of the people around me makes everything worthwhile.

Kristin Shirley


Raising Funds the Fun Way!

With 12 Chi Chi Mamas, there is never a lull in conversation or a fundraising idea that hasn’t been thought of!

We are selling:

  • Team T-Shirts
  • Chillaxin’ with the Chi Chis Koozies
  • Recipes from the Heart Cookbook

But, that isn’t all! We have quite a few huge fundraisers every single month leading up to the 3-Day event.

  • CiCi’s Pizza Day/Night: March 30th, 2010; We made $131 profit!
  • Chi Chi Trunk Show: April 17th, 2010; So far we have tallied $450 profit and we are still waiting to hear from several of the vendors!
  • Pure Romance Party: April 30th, 2010; We made $100 profit! Our consultant is still taking orders. Make sure you say Chi Chi Mamas so that we can get more of a profit!
  • Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast: May 22nd, 2010; Please order your tickets today from your favorite Chi Chi Mama!
  • Community Garage Sale: June 4th and 5th, 2010; We are looking for donated items to sell at our garage sale. Contact us if you have anything you can donate!
  • Flamingo Flocking: July, 2010; Help us END BREAST CANCER FOREVER by flocking people you know with flamingos!
  • Topless Carwash: July 17th, 2010; Could there be anything better than a Topless Carwash with the Chi Chi Mamas? If so, you let me know.

“Save 2nd Base” Softball Tourney and Carnival: August 14th, 2010; Register your softball team for helping the Chi Chi Mamas “Save 2nd Base”! Willow Creek Softball Field and Large Pavilion have been graciously donated for the day by the City of Saginaw, so come out, play ball and have fun with your family!

  • Cowboy Casino Night: September 17th, 2010; You win, hands down! Local businesses are sponsoring this evening for a great cause. MD Resort has donated the use of the Party Barn for this event!

If you have any other ideas that you would like to share, please do! Whereas, each Chi Chi Mama has the goal to personally raise the $2300, we want to make sure if any of us fall short of this goal that our fundraising events can cover the remainder. As a team, our goal is to be a power team and raise the most $$$ we can!

Thank you for your support!

My View

When Kristina set up this blog, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to write something on it. I told her that I just wanted to stop everything that I was doing and blog right then. Now look, it has been over a month and I never actually blogged! That is a part of what this whole journey is about, though. You get wrapped up in doing some of the more important things, like fundraising and walking, that you forget about or don’t have enough time for some of the smaller yet equally important things, like blogging. It is important to me to keep this blog going as a journal of our thoughts, our tribulations, our growing friendships, our fundraisers, and ultimately walking 60 miles to END breast cancer.

So, a little about me. I am Kristin Shirley, wife to Neal and momma to Jeg. We lost someone 2 years ago to cancer. Neal’s grandmother, Mary, got breast cancer and it spread to other organs. She never seemed to show anyone that this disease bothered her. She was always so strong and positive about what life had given her, whether it was good or bad. Grandma is the intial reason why I decided to walk in the Komen 3-Day.

Grandma & Jeg 6/1/08

I have come to find many more reasons why I am walking in the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I am walking for the people who have fought this disease and lost. I am walking for the people who are currently fighting this disease. I am walking for the people who are survivors. I am walking for the people who are being helped through the community programs the Komen foundation helps provide funds for. I am walking for my friends. I am walking for my family. One thing that I have learned through this is that breast cancer knows no boundaries and I believe that everyone deserves a lifetime!

Kristina mentioned to me that she was interested in walking the 3-Day in January. I told her that I knew a little about that and I had thought about doing it as well. The next thing I know, Kristina had signed me up for a Get Started meeting. I reluctantly went, because I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to sign up. 60 miles is a lot! But, when I got into the meeting I was so inspired that I immediately signed-up. I knew that we would have a lot of training to complete, but my reasoning was if Grandma lived with this disease, I sure as heck could walk the 60 miles. When I came home, Neal told me he wasn’t surprised, he knew I would sign up.

As inspired as Kristina and I were, we immediately started talking to friends about joining us in this journey. We came up with Chi Chi Mamas, just by tossing slang words around that meant breasts. (Everyone asks about the origin of our team name, so truth be told.) I don’t even remember just being a team of 2. We now have 12 members, all women from around the Saginaw area, all dedicated to making a difference. We have several other people (yes, there is a man who is thinking about being the token Chi Chi Daddy) inquire about being on our team. Our team is open and we would be honored to have a bigger, stronger team. Every one of our members is going to bring a different outlook, new ideas to fundraising, and give a fresh perspective to why we have all committed ourselves to walking the 3-Day.

I just can’t wait to see everything this journey holds!

Kristin Shirley

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