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Cancer Sucks Update #3



Cancer Sucks Update: So I’ve discovered two new lumps in my left breast. It could be the same cancer continuing to spread, or a second entirely different kind. Cancer: The gift that keeps on giving! 😜

So I will be getting those biopsies done shortly and make a separate medical plan according whatever results turn out to be. Bring it on, baby.

But DAY 1 of CHEMO DONE! It was an 11-hour day with *11* really fun poke-attempts to get the IV right, plus a mammogram (yay, boobie pancakes) and ultrasound, but it was great to get treatment started. Even made a great new chemo buddy!

I am so thankful for everyone who has contributed to helping me get through this. From the rides and donations, to the meals and positive vibes, it has all made a world of difference for my whole home. ❤️

Next post I believe we will discover how I look without hair. 😳

For those asking me about a goFundme Page, VantagePoint Marketing setup a donation page for anyone interested, including a monetary donation form and a meal donation sign-up form. Thank you for the many offers to help us through this! www.rockyfights.com

#cancersucks #kickingcancerbutt

Cancer Sucks Update #2

Some of you may have already heard when I snuck this ugly news into the middle of my Thanksgiving post, but it’s time to make it “Facebook Official”, as well as add each update to this new blog. …Unfortunately, I have been diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer.

I underwent a fairly massive surgery a month ago, just a few days after learning the cancer cooties were everywhere throughout my belly, and I have been recovering at home since. Sadly, they couldn’t get it all and Chemo is coming next.

I’ve had many of my amazing friends, family, and network ask how they can help, and as hard as it is for me to accept, my Team put together a fundraising page to help with meals, mounting medical bills, and the expense that comes with taking so much time off work.

www.RockyFightsCancer.com

Please feel free to take a look, share if so inclined, and please keep my family in mind and send plenty of positive vibes our way. As a single mom, I worry most for my amazing daughter. This isn’t a curable Cancer. But I’ll work my ass off to put it in remission and keep it there if it means seeing her graduate.

And if your business is in need of work, please call on VantagePoint Marketing! They are pumped and ready to work, and I’m still working with them from my home office.

Thank you all for your care and concern. And for those who have given and helped us out so much already, you’re incredible people and I couldn’t have made it this far without you. ❤️❤️❤️

Life is precious. I wish you all the very best as we ring in the New Year! 😘

Cancer Sucks Update #1



We can all agree, CANCER SUCKS.

It’s getting harder to find anyone whose life hasn’t been affected by cancer. In this particular instance, cancer has hit hard on the home of a single mom, business owner, and co-founder of Flags for Fort Snelling.

The week before Thanksgiving, Rocky Borchardt (age 37), was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. Taking the next five days to get personal and professional affairs in order, Rocky was able to ensure smooth running operations before heading in for her sudden and massive surgery. Her whole “oven” was removed, along with a few other moving parts the cancer cooties had already taken hold of. Unfortunately, the doctors weren’t able to get it all, and some super chemotherapy is scheduled to begin just as we ring in the 2019 New Year.

Rocky is a single mother of an incredible daughter, Emma (age 14), and also provides a home and support for her youngest brother, Conor (age 18). They both are excelling at Blaine High School, and are keeping busy while Rocky focuses on her fight. She is so thankful to be surrounded by a truly amazing support system to help take care of her family and home. Still, medical bills are mounting, along with the financial struggle that comes with having to take such large amounts of time away from work.

If you are able to donate to Rocky’s fight, every dollar will help ease the need while she focuses every ounce of energy into beating this aggressive disease. And she WILL beat it!

If you’d rather help by whipping up a delicious meal for the family, please check out the Meal Train below and sign-up at your convenience. These meals are dropped in a cooler at her front door, make a huge difference and give them great big smiles every time they dive in.

Every DOLLAR, every MEAL, and every POSITIVE NOTE makes a difference to Rocky and her family! Also, Rocky personally asks for any positive messages, vibes, and energy to keep being sent her way: She counts on that energy to keep her going every day.

The Calinn Green Network

Unsung Community Hero: Calinn Green

Unsung Community Heroes

Chapter 1: Calinn Green

Unsung Community Heroes: Doing what’s right in the interests of a community without promise of personal gain or recognition, and often at great personal expense.


It isn’t always easy to give the unsung heroes of this world the recognition they deserve for the work they do for our communities. Rarely asking for help or assistance, they’ll give the last of themselves before ever going back on their word. They understand more than most the meaning of a promise and the investment it takes to really make a difference. They don’t invest themselves lightly. Their time is valuable and to have their attention dedicated to a goal is as close to a guarantee for success as you can get. These heroes keep our communities and networks growing, improving, and moving forward and we all benefit from their efforts whether we know it or not.

This small recognition is for a local Minnesota hero. A veteran. A mom. An entrepreneur. A volunteer. A magic maker.

We (VantagePoint Marketing, LLC.) met Calinn through the amazing Veteran business network, Trust Vets. She was a new member just getting her feet wet within the network, looking to grow her My Legacy Photography business. We were lucky enough to work with her on her website in exchange for her amazing photography skills, and are still pretty sure we got the better part of that deal. Since that first headshot session in Anoka, MN, we’ve watched how many different ways Calinn chooses to dedicate herself to the community and the network around her.

For instance, her incredible dedication to the non-profit organization Flags for Fort Snelling: a non-profit organization that takes on the responsibility of organizing the funds and volunteers necessary to place nearly 200,000 flags in the name of over 200,000 heroes laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for Memorial Day. At that point, the young organization had been in operation for only two years, placing a flag on just a small fraction of the headstones, limited by funding and organizational help.
But change was on the horizon when a Leadership Team was formed in August 2017A team dedicated to making 2018 the first time in 35 years every headstone of the cemetery would receive an American flag.

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Can You Hear the Call Music Video

So, can you hear it?


Can You Hear the Call

Anoka Music Video

Over the past few days, the VP Team has been working on an exciting new promotional project. Marketing the city of Anoka, we are shooting a low-budget music video called “Can You Hear the Call”- A saucy, swing-style song originally written and performed by the UK band called, ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS. (https://electricswingcircus.com/)

Rocky Borchardt of VantagePoint Marketing, LLC has contacted the band, purchased the rights to this catchy tune, and rewrote the lyrics to promote some of the staple businesses in Anoka. She has single-handedly directed the over 20 hours of filming done this week. By her side, our videographer, Matt Perkins with Perkins Media (https://www.perkinsmediagroup.com/) has been shooting the video and will provide the exciting footage. Local artists and audio production specialists will be providing the vocal artistry, meanwhile, Anoka’s own STUDIO ONE Dance Studio (https://www.studioonedancemn.com/) will provide many of the moves. We will be excited to announce the finished video this fall!

Flags for Fort Snelling 2017

VantagePoint Marketing, LLC. is proud to be the sponsor for Flags for Fort Snelling Memorial Day 2017.

The Story that Started it All…

“When I called the cemetery to inquire about volunteering, they told me they no longer put flags out,” Joanne Malmstedt told KARE. “At that point, it took on a whole another realm of meaning for me.”

Malmstedt organized her network of friends and extended family to buy the small flags and place them during the busiest day of the year at the cemetery. Some went to graves of people connected to the volunteers, but most went to the graves of strangers who had served their country.

“There are so many people here who don’t have family members to come and do stuff for them, so I said I was going to do it and I had a bunch of friends who jumped on the bandwagon and said they were going to join,” she said.

Discover More About Flags for Fort Snelling:

Flags for Fort Snelling organizes the funds and volunteer needed to honor our fallen heroes laid to rest at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery with American Flags.

 

FFFS Proudly Sponsored by VantagePoint Marketing