Our Mission

The five of us have gone to every Wawa in existence.

Many find this mission meaningless and seemingly it is; however, there is more to our venture than aimlessly driving around hoping to stumble across the region's favorite convenient store.

We have raised funds for a disease that has affected many of us in one way or another- cancer. Wawa Corportate has been extremely receptive of our efforts and have agreed to match what we have spent on our journey as well as donate an additional $10,000 to Melanoma International Foundation.

If you would like to make a personal contribution, please visit the Melanoma Internation Foundation Website http://www.melanomaintl.org/.

Current Status

  • With 596 locations, we have now visited all of them! (as of 11/6/09)
  • We have spent approximately $3,000.00 (not counting gas)and are thrilled that Wawa has agreed to match our purchases and in turn donate the money to The Melanoma International Foundation.
Click on the map to the left for current Wawa visit statistics. You can see the Wawas most recently visited, what was bought at each, and how many are left.

January 8, 2008

Into Focus

So as you can guess this whole mission started out as a kooky game amongst us...but there was something that our "mission" was missing. As we progressed and became more involved and did some more research of our own, we realized we were taking on something so unique and that there may be an opportunity to make this work on a philantrhopic level! Since day one we wanted to make this "mission" not only about fun and games, but also use it as a platform to raise funds for Melanoma awareness and education. Melanoma and cancer hits so close to home for all of us. In 2006 I lost one of my best friends to melanoma...she was only 25. Her name was Maria, and she grew up in West Chester with us. As we have more clearly defined our mission, we are really looking forward to working together not only with Wawa on a "funds spent" matching donation, but also with Melanoma International Foundation, an organization that provides hope, guidance,prevention education, power and much more to people throughout the world affected by melanoma. Please check out MIF's link on the right hand side, and see all the great things that they are doing.

6 comments:

Althea said...

What you ladies are doing is great. This site was sent to me by Liz Sgrillo of the PLC at Penn. I am a project manager here at Penn who is trying to get recruits for our online study on melanoma. It is open to the general public, but we have had trouble getting adequate exposure and recruitment. Is there anyway possible information regarding the survey can be posted to your blog page? The survey is located at www.genomel.org. This research is being done by a consortium of international researchers led by the University of Leeds. Please let me know if you need more information or would like to chat with me about our research. Best of luck for a great cause. A++ for originally and committment.

Anonymous said...

We would love to be of any help. Let me talk things over with the girls and get back to you. Thanks for the post!

~Ann

Kathleen said...

Hey!! You guys are famous - I heard about this from some kind of newsy blurb Laurie forwarded me. I love what you're doing, how great! The pictures are awesome, man I sure do miss Wawa. Hope you guys are well and hope to see you sometime back in PA -


Kath (bird) (Hutchison)

John said...

Mary,
It is a great thing you guys are doing. It was such a tough loss losing Maria. I am Maria's cousin and so happy you could do this for Maria. Great jod girls keep up the ggod work.
God Bless

Molly said...
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Mary said...

Hi John-
I'm glad you were able to tune in... I know Maria would be right along side us on this crazy mission, she is probably laughing at me now! Thanks for you post.
Take care~ Mary