Wendy Tarlow, a Sag Harbor Resident, has been an active member of the community and has certainly dedicated a great deal of time to non-profit events and organizations. Wendy Tarlow recently has been involved with a viral campaign, the Beautiful and Bald Barbie Movement, on Facebook as an administrator of the page. This is how she became involved with that movement:
“Shortly before Christmas, I saw that my friend Jane Bingham had created the page Beautiful and Bald Barbie. Jane and I met originally through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Message Boards where I was stumbling along asking questions in my earliest days of being diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma waiting to find out what was in store for me. She graciously invited me into an online woman’s community page which I accepted and I got to know Jane through there. When I saw her post for this page, I asked if she wanted another administrator.”
Wendy has a multifaceted background in Production, Fitness and Website building and Optimization and through a few years with cancer she became very involved with a few cancer advocacy projects. In addition to the Beautiful and Bald Barbie movement, she has been involved with two other very amazing organizations, Swim Across America and A Fighting Chance.
“I heard about a swim that was happening out here in the Hamptons, NY in 2010, shortly after my second treatment which was a doozy called Bexxar a targeted chemotherapy which knocked me off of my feet, literally and landed me in the hospital over five times in the course of that year. But this swim, I wanted to be a part of it. It was called Swim Across America. I had No Idea that it was a huge National Organization that had events all over the place with most of their proceeds going directly towards cancer research. They are actually pretty adamant about that! So I started Team Tarlow.”
“I was determined to swim. I didn’t but my family did! This meant the world to me. I raised a ton of money which felt so rewarding to me and gave me a sense of control at a time when I felt like so much of what defined me had been taken away. This is the third year that Team Tarlow is participating and it is the third year that the swim is happening in the Hamptons. I plan on swimming this year. I am getting my one remaining Tonsil removed on February 7th, 2012 which is the only part of my body that is actively showing the Lymphoma right now. And, I am really hoping I can be a force to be reckoned with for a few years before I need to deal with this again. Bexxar on average lasts for five years. It has been two years already. I am hoping for a miracle here. But I will do whatever it takes to fight this and to raise funds and increase awareness for the whole cancer community. Please spend the time learning about Swim Across America on this site here. You can Swim with my Team or you can Donate to my Swim, whichever you prefer.”
“I have an almost three year old son. And I plan to be here to help him with his children,” Wendy Tarlow.
Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming – related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping to find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. Each of us has loved someone diagnosed with cancer, and we have seen family and friends battle its ravaging effects. Now, we pour our hearts into finding a cure. We are extremely proud to announce that, to date, Swim Across America has generated over $40 million towards the research, treatment and prevention of cancer… And we’ve achieved this by banding together and swimming across our nation’s beautiful open waters and pools. Come join us in 2012!
SWIM ACROSS AMERICA IS MAKING WAVES TO FIGHT CANCER!