This campaign closed on Sep 30, 2010 Tom Martin brought clean water to Maikodo.

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Mission Statement

Me + cancer = Charity:Water

In December 2009 I was diagnosed with Merkel Cell cancer. Surgery to remove the tumor, a skin graft, and six weeks of radiation was supposed to be final entry in the last chapter of my cancer story. Unfortunately the story had another chapter and June 12, 2010 I found out the cancer has returned and spread to my lymph nodes. So as I was sitting once again in a waiting room to discuss how extensive this surgery would be and unclear about what the post surgery cancer treatment would be, my thoughts drifted to something that was quite clear....what could be done to make a positive arise from this negative situation.

A saying came to mind: You can turn life's lemons into lemonade with the right attitude.

For laughs I looked up the recipe for real lemonade and it said 5 cups of Well Water, which immediately reminded me of learning about the Charity Water at the Catalyst conference last fall. This fantastic organization is doing some amazing work around the globe and the money they raise goes directly to well construct and administration expenses get paid through other channels.
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The key ingredient for any good old fashion glass of lemonade is a whole lotta of Water and I believe in the work Charity Water is doing around the globe and hope that by sharing my story, the Turning Lemons to Lemonade Well can become a reality.

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Is this something a single person can do by them self within their own network, doubtful? Have I had my doubts, you bet! A ton of doubts...stuff like: you do not have a huge community to draw from, you don't have a blog to posture this platform, and where will you find the time to manage the responsibilities of a full time job while being treated for Cancer?

But I believe in a HUGE God who makes anything possible when you have Trust & Faith in Him and put His words into action. I also believe that through you and your network we can all contribute to a greater good and make Hope available to everyone.
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Thanks for taking the time to read my story, and please take a minute to learn more about Charity Water story regardless. I hope you will you partner with me and spread the word through your network of friends, associates, & followers via Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and via email, so the multiplicity of social media and God can do the rest.

Also if you or your family has been touched by cancer of any kind I hope you might personally consider adding a little sugar to this recipe by making a donation of $5.00 or $10.00 or more and spreading the word about the Lemons to Lemonade Well.

~In life we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand~ Randy Pausch

trust God period

Tom

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Updates and Comments

  • D
    Danielle West
    donated $200
    about 10 years ago
    We love what you are doing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, especially when I drive by your street! :)
  • H
    Mike and Heather Martin
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    You are so amazing and such an inspiration how you continue to help others no matter what you are going through. We love you!
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    Tom, you're an amazing guy, a great inspirer and an inspiration. You glorify God in everything you do. BK
  • A
    Aunt Kathy Barrale
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    This is dedicated to my nephew Tom who is AWESOME!!!! The Martin Family have had their share of obstacles in life but somehow we all learned the recipe for lemonade!! You have a great outlook and your faith in our wonderful God will be there to help you make lemonade by the buckets!!!!
  • A
    Alicia and Stephen Jaynes
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    So awesome Tom! You are such an inspiration!
  • M
    Molly & Jeff Cordle
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    We love you Tom and love your heart!
  • C
    Copeland Boyd
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    My mom has a ministry that builds wells all over the world for communities with no access to water. She has changed so many lives and it has been amazing to watch. This is close to my heart...as are you. Sending prayers your way sweetie....Much much love, Copeland
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    You rock Tom Martin. And you are loved.
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $40
    over 10 years ago
    Anything for Tom Martin..

This campaign brought clean water to Maikodo, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia
Shallow Bore Hole
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All donations made to Tom’s campaign

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Danielle West$200
Anonymous$100
Mike and Heather Martin$100
Molly & Jeff Cordle$100
Copeland Boyd$100

Updates and Comments

  • D
    Danielle West
    donated $200
    about 10 years ago
    We love what you are doing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, especially when I drive by your street! :)
  • H
    Mike and Heather Martin
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    You are so amazing and such an inspiration how you continue to help others no matter what you are going through. We love you!
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    Tom, you're an amazing guy, a great inspirer and an inspiration. You glorify God in everything you do. BK
  • A
    Aunt Kathy Barrale
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    This is dedicated to my nephew Tom who is AWESOME!!!! The Martin Family have had their share of obstacles in life but somehow we all learned the recipe for lemonade!! You have a great outlook and your faith in our wonderful God will be there to help you make lemonade by the buckets!!!!
  • A
    Alicia and Stephen Jaynes
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    So awesome Tom! You are such an inspiration!
  • M
    Molly & Jeff Cordle
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    We love you Tom and love your heart!
  • C
    Copeland Boyd
    donated $100
    over 10 years ago
    My mom has a ministry that builds wells all over the world for communities with no access to water. She has changed so many lives and it has been amazing to watch. This is close to my heart...as are you. Sending prayers your way sweetie....Much much love, Copeland
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $50
    over 10 years ago
    You rock Tom Martin. And you are loved.
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $40
    over 10 years ago
    Anything for Tom Martin..

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.