Reflecting Back on 2017


As I sit here reflecting back on 2017, I am also preparing to go to my friend’s funeral this evening.  She was 45 with a wonderful husband and two children.  This letter is very difficult for me to write. I want to be so angry, and there is a place for that, yet I can’t stay like that for long.  Want to know why?  My friend didn’t live that way, nor do the survivors we are blessed to know and serve.  They live in the moment. They see value in what is truly important to them. They don’t wait to tell the people they are closest to how much they mean to them and how much they love them. They forgive so easily, and they LOVE so big.  People often say to me, “How do you handle losing so many good people?”  It never gets any easier, but WE are so blessed to have them in our lives.  They teach us what living is all about.  The PRG family bond is so strong. The support and HOPE these families give one another is something many don’t experience in a lifetime. 
PRG has had some great milestones this year.  From sharing our story on The Megyn Kelly Today show, to serving more families, growing corporate sponsors, volunteers, and donors. We also hit new record for numbers of families served in a week. WE couldn’t do any of it without you.  We have so many wonderful PRG warriors that come back after treatment and are our biggest ambassadors.  They serve, raise money, and most importantly provide HOPE.  We are so grateful for you. 
I am going to close with a mantra that my friend, Natalie, lives by.  Natalie is a breast cancer survivor and was most recently shot during the Las Vegas massacre.  She, just like our warriors, teaches us how to live and choose to overcome in the face of adversity. 

“There are going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes.  These moments will change YOU. Let them make you stronger, smarter, and kinder.  But don’t you go and become someone that you are not.  Cry. Scream if you have to...then straighten out that crown and keep moving.”

Thank you for an amazing 2017. I am truly looking forward to 2018 as WE begin a new year and new adventures with all of you. Thank you for being PRG.

Together, making the burden lighter, 
Heather Salazar