In 2014, I lost one of the true loves of my life – my sister friend, Sabrina Watt.
Sabrina left this Earth on June 22, 2014 after losing her intense, courageous battle against breast cancer. This was one of the darkest days of my life; I had never experienced such raw pain and undeniable emptiness as I did when she was gone. Her energy was infectious, her light was beautiful, and her genuine love for others was evident in how she lived her life every, single day.
To heal the pain we felt in her absence, Tate Glankler and myself, along with other close friends, organized the first annual Beach & Boogie Bash to celebrate Sabrina’s life, honor her memory, and raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis – a disease she dedicated her life to finding a cure for.
We have continued over the years to build on an event that supports Sabrina’s philanthropic legacy; each year, we select and recognize a different charity to bring awareness to many different diseases that impact loved ones throughout our lives.
This year, Beach & Boogie Bash is raising money and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – adding Tom Pope, my father, to our honoree and memory list. As most of you know, my dad passed away in July 2016 after battling Multiple Myeloma. He was everything to me; and when he died, a piece of me died with him. While there is another amazing spirit in heaven there is a huge void here on Earth. This year’s event is extra special to me because Sabrina and my dad were very close – they always said that they were cancer buddies – and they were two of the most important people in my life.
I care deeply about this event, and I hope that anyone who reads this now, knows about Beach & Boogie Bash, can be with us at the event, or considers donating to help find a cure; at the very least though, I hope you now know about Multiple Myeloma, so that you are now more aware of this deadly cancer.
Please visit our website to purchase tickets, donate, and sign up to receive notifications about future information or events. Next year, we will be generating awareness and raising money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, a debilitating disease that affects too many of our loved ones.