We believe that every individual has the ability to make a difference in our world, and we want to give our readers a chance to bring attention to a cause that is important to them.

Every month, we will ask you to submit a one-paragraph essay on a charity of your choice. We want to know what the charity is about, why it is important to you, and anything else you think is important for us to know.

Your submissions will be reviewed by bestselling author Sylvia Day and she will select one to personally contribute to for the month. Your charity will also be featured in the following month’s installment of Day it Forward to bring more awareness to its cause and allow for readers of Beyond Words to donate as well.

The submission chosen for the month of December comes from Shabnam Farhadi:312545b

In late 2013, my mother was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer. The doctors told us that it had metastasized which meant we were in for a long, hard battle. Luckily, our local branch of the Susan G. Komen in Southwest Florida, came prepared to help.  They gave us educational seminars, emotional support, and recommendations to different local doctors. In addition, they gave us a gift bag full of goodies that made the process easier to handle (pillow for chemo chairs, a cap for when all her hair fell out, a pill box for the thousands of medications they forced into her, etc.) They helped to prepare us for a battle we weren’t too knowledgeable about…My mother is approaching her two-year survivorship in May of 2016. I attribute a great deal of her strength to bringing us here. But I can’t say that the foundation had no part in it. The Susan G. Komen foundation in Southwest Florida was a blessing and the people who volunteer there are heroes.


Sylvia will be donating $1,000 to Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida. You can donate, too, here.


full_1404405744.pngThis month, we will also spotlight the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization committed to finding a cure for breast cancer. They provide funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

Sylvia will be donating $1,500 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can donate, too, here.


To have your charity considered for January’s installment of Day it Forward, please email your submissions to editorial@beyondwords.life with “January Day it Forward” in the subject line by December 25, 2015.