Sherlock's Advocate of the Month (SAM) - March

Those that know Megan Kesler know that she is someone that people can't help but want to have as a friend.


She is the person that you call when you have found the "two sizes too small, but on sale for 75% off" designer dress because you need someone to make you feel like a million bucks while they talk you out of your denial that it doesn't squeeze in all the wrong places. She is the friend that stops by for a glass of wine to catch up and doesn't judge when you take your Chardonnay with ice because she'll have a few cubes, too. She is the friend that you want by your side when you have just been delivered the kind of news that makes life come undone because she will hold your hand and cry with you.

You see, Megan knows a thing or two about receiving the kind of news that makes life come undone. In middle school, it was, "your mother has breast cancer." Freshman year of college, it was, "the cancer is back and it has spread." And in 2006, "she doesn't have much longer."

Megan didn't have her mother by her side as she got ready to walk down the aisle towards the love of her life three years ago. She didn't have her there last January when Megan and Jimmy brought the most beautiful and perfect little girl into this world. And she won't be there to coach Megan on surviving parenthood during the "tween" years or to celebrate with Megan and Jimmy as their daughter heads off to college or says "I do." There isn't a day that goes by that Megan isn't reminded of what breast cancer took from her and her family.

There are a lot of people that suffer this kind of loss and want nothing more to do with the disease that took a loved one from them. Megan is not one of those people. She joined the Board of in 2009 because she believed that a biological earlier detection test for breast cancer would have possibly saved her mother's life. The past 3 years, she has stepped up to help stuff gift bags, provide an extra set of hands during set up and help run the check-in table or raffle table at nearly every event the office has produced. Aside from being dependable and helpful, working with Megan is just plain fun!

This year, Megan stepped up as Chair of our Key to the Closet Raffle that will be featured at our annual fundraising event, Wine Women & Shoes. When all is said and done, Megan will have helped secure close to $10,000 in goods and services that will be part of this incredible prize package. So, come on out to Wine Women & Shoes April 19th for your chance to meet Megan (sans ice cubes in her Chardonnay — it's a classy event after all, ya'll!) and enter for a chance to win a "closet-full" of amazing items.