August 1, 2014

Writers, Journalists, Bloggers, and Racecar Drivers – Oh My

HerHighway and KIA Motors

Women putting breast cancer on notice.

Writers, journalists, bloggers, social media experts, technology chicks, racecar drivers and more – the list of amazing women participating in the HerHighway Drive Breast Cancer Awareness event goes on and on.

As a health care journalist and cancer survivor, I’m fortunate to have the honor of participating in this unique coast-to-coast event, which begins September 25th in Los Angeles and ends October 2nd in New York City. This inspiring campaign represents one of the many ways writers (and others) can give back to the community and pay it forward, while having fun and connecting with others in the process.

I’m talking to all the other writers, journalists, and bloggers out there who hold tight to the dream that they can, one day, give back to the global community in some big way.

That means you. Yes, you right there with the awesome talent and incredible business savvy.

If I can do it, you can too. A friend and client suggested I apply for a spot on a cross-country breast cancer drive team with the great group of gals over at HerHighway.

Amber and Angela Cope

Amber and Angela Cope – SR2 Motorsports

I applied, but I truly didn’t think they’d choose little ol’ me for a member of the team. Seriously, the group already had some mega-inspiring female participants – pro racecar drivers, well-known authors, journalists, designers, marketing goddesses and social media superstars in the mix. Talk about sparkle…these gals ooze glitter and shine.

Why would they pick me?

Who cares? What matters is that they did pick me. And they picked none other than my friend and partner, the Prof as well. I’ll scoot on out with Drive Team 8 on September 29th and end up at the finish line in New York City where we’ll have a posh pink party and the press and other media-types will greet us.

KIA Motors America has donated brand spanking new vehicles for us to drive. The HerHighway team will then auction them off and give all the resulting funds to breast cancer research initiatives.

What’s our part in all of this?

Driving, tweeting, relaxing at posh sponsor hotels in each city pit stop. At the pit stops, our sponsors will lavish us with gifts to thank us for our part in raising breast cancer awareness and honoring those who have suffered with this devastating disease.

Wanna see a short list of just a smidgen of our sponsors? Check it:

HerHighway map 2012

Follow our progress as we put pedat to the metal.

Follow along with us on our journey by using Twitter hashtag #HerHighway and following @HerHighway. Get inspired. Let this great cause plant the seed in you that can grow into a life-giving tree of generosity and paying it forward. Take a moment to head on over to the HerHighway site and check out the Features tab. There you can look at the diverse collective of women who will rev their engines for breast cancer.

Maybe you want to champion sickle cell disease or some other cause. Whatever it is, just do it. It will enrich you as a writer and an individual. It certainly has enriched me more than I can say and my team doesn’t even put rubber to the road until next weekend.

*All images courtesy of HerHighway.com

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.

Comments

  1. Sam! This sounds awesome! So great that you get to be part of it! I did not know you were a cancer survivor though…Well, one more reason to think that you’re truly blessed! XO

    Flavs
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    • Hi Flavs! What a blessing and an honor it is to see your comment on our humble website. I am a cancer survivor (I was diagnosed very young and caught it very early), so any cause that champions the fight against any type of cancer is close to my heart. Add to that, luxurious cars, swanky hotels, and swag — you’ve got a diva dash straight to the starting line.

      I can’t wait to surf on over and check out your Craft Studio Reno Big Reveal! You’re so amazingly talented. I know it’s going to blow me away.

      Love you! ~Samantha

  2. Wow! This was an inspiring post to read on a Friday.

    I send you good vibes for the race and life in general. :)

    I too would like to give back; however, I have a tendency to want to ‘push the envelope’ so to speak. I’m passionate about helping teens, especially those from dysfunctional backgrounds. This is includes runaways and kids in foster care. To give back, I agreed to be a guest blogger for an online magazine. I’m writing blog posts for teens. Also, I’m drawn to conservation and environment preservation and growth and animal abuse/shelter animals. Then again, I’d like to make sure kids have access to “the arts” in school. I’d like to revolutionize the U.S. educational system. I believe it needs an overhaul, like ASAP.

    I have many interests. Maybe I have too many. :)
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    • You don’t have too many, Amandah! It’s inspiring that you have so many diverse interests for giving back. I’m glad you’re stepping into one right now with your writing articles for teens. That rocks!

      My heart sings for you and your other interests as well. It’s important to just take our passions — those things that draw on your heart strings and honor them. The world needs more of YOU, Amandah.

      Just don’t get bogged down in all the interests – have them all, but go step by step to each one and do it all at different points on your life timeline.

      I look forward to seeing you on Twitter during our drive across America. Use hashtag #HerHighway to follow along. XO

  3. I like the “posh sponsor hotels” part…….

    ps: Had no idea about the cancer thing. Sorry to hear about it but happy you are past that now.

    • Hi Magda,

      Yes, I like that part too – and the part about getting shoes and other cool stuff! The cancer thing … I was very young (early 20s), so it was a long time ago and changed my life for the better! Wouldn’t change anything.

      Now I know what life is ALL about. It’s about loving my gorgeous children and my amazing husband and friends as well!

  4. What an awesome thing to participate in, Samantha! Good luck to you! I’m going to have to see what I can do to at the very least, help promote this!
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    • Thank you, Andrew! As a cancer survivor myself, this cause if very close to my heart. I appreciate all you do for me and for the community. You rock, Andrew!

      To my other readers, if you want to know a powerhouse…know Andrew…he met the 50 Shades of Gray author and was on the Katie Couric show with her. He wouldn’t say that to you, but I will (I’m sparkly like that). Please go check out http://www.mommysbusy.com and give him some mega-LOVE. ~Samantha, The Boss.

    • Thank you Andrew. As always, you’re such a doll!

      A shoutout to all my readers…if you want to read while being entertained…check out Andrew’s Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy site at: http://www.mommysbusy.com

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