A little under a year ago I won the trip of a lifetime.
On a last minute whim, I decided to enter the 2015 We Can Survive concert sweepstakes. When I first received the call to notify me that I’d won, I was a little skeptical that this was a legit call! At the time, I didn’t realize that by answering the call I’d be embarking on an unforgettable trip.
Everyone at YSC was wonderful and very helpful as we planned the trip, even helping me to arrange travel plans so I didn’t have to miss work. The next question was who should I bring? That one was easy — my wonderful husband, my Co-Survivor throughout my two cancer journeys.
Together, we flew into Los Angeles on that Saturday morning to begin our adventure. We didn’t rent a car in Los Angeles and did fine using public transportation. LAX FlyAway helped us get to Hollywood, where we were staying. Our hotel was in the middle of it all! After we checked-in, we decided to explore Hollywood Boulevard and enjoy the California sun.
Since our hotel was walking distance to the Hollywood Bowl, we were able to meet up with everyone from YSC and walk to the concert together. The concert was amazing! We were VIP guests, so we hung out in a special VIP area enjoying drinks and food before the concert. The lineup was amazing — The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. The show opened and it was as good as expected, but they kept hinting at a surprise guest. At the end of the show, we were treated to a surprise performance by Rihanna!
Sunday all to ourselves.
It has always been a dream of mine to step into the Pacific Ocean, so we went to Santa Monica. We ate lunch on the Santa Monica pier while exploring the area. After that, we walked along the beach stepping foot in the Pacific Ocean. Even though our daughters weren’t able to come with us, we decided to write their names in the sand which looked out at the ocean. My husband and I then walked along the coast all the way to Venice Beach enjoying the ocean and views.
Before long, it was time to go home. After a weekend in Hollywood, it was time to head back home with the wonderful memories of a trip of a lifetime. Thank you Young Survival Coalition!
The We Can Survive Concert sweepstakes is offering two free concert tickets, round-trip airfare and hotel for a young breast cancer survivor and her guest.
The sweepstakes is open to all young women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger until 11:59PM EDT on Friday, September 30 – so don’t delay, ENTER TODAY!
This year’s lineup is truly amazing, featuring Bruno Mars as well as performances by Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic and Pitbull!