Monday, September 28, 2015

C&F Executive Challenge & Gives Back Opportunity: Light the Night

“In terms of cancer, I’m in remission.”

We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.

Please make a donation and check my web site frequently to see my progress.

Thanks for your support!

Read more about my story, and donate if you can:

2015 Executive Challenge Participants

Funds Raised YTD
Missy Bass
C&F Mortgage
Tony Mustain
HCA Virginia
Janet Brightwell
Myles Louria
Hunton & Williams
Joe Becht
Becht Advisory Group
Frank Atkinson
Nick Faraone
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Will Dickinson
Williams Mullen
John Thompson
Rob Vallejo
Dan Weekley
Matt Conrad
Lyn McDermid
Federal Reserve
Elsie Rose
Union Bank & Trust
Jamie Walker
Cherry Bekeart

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Open House This Sunday!

Check it! My good friend Eliza Branch is having an open house this Sunday, we don't expect it stay on the market long so make sure to jump on this one!!! Oh, have an amazing #uciworldchampionship weekend, lots of stuff to do downtown this weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Great Time for a Great Cause!

It was an amazing event put on by the Women's Council of REALTORS for Massey Street of Hope!  The fashion show and luncheon were delightful as well as attending with my friend Mary Leachman of Safe Harbor Title Company and Caroline Hogue of Design by E!  All the proceeds of this fundraiser went to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, a great cause for an outstanding institution that's gone far in cancer research.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We CAN fight...and we can win.

I am so honored to have been featured in CEO Magazine.  I've heard so many inspiring stories from men and women out there who have fought or are still fighting their battle with cancer and I hope mine serves as an inspiration to others as well.  That's why every year I put my best efforts into raising money and awareness through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk this October 17th.  Help me reach my goal this year and visit Richmond's Light the Night page to make a donation!

Here is the article from CEO Magazine, written by the amazing Zack Hurst

Wonder Woman from RVA
September 14, 2015
By Guest: Zack Hurst
Cancer. It’s a small word. Yet one that is often just whispered because speaking it out loud reminds us of the devastating heart-break and pain it leaves in its wake. Before I was 27yrs old, my life had been cancer free. I didn’t know anyone that had ever had cancer and to the best of my knowledge, nobody in my family had ever had cancer. Of course, that changed. I have since lost two people that I loved to cancer and met many other people who have lost family and friends as well.

However, while we all know the dark side of this terrible disease, we often forget that there are so many inspiring stories of people that have fought cancer and won. This is the story I believe that we need to share more often. We need to be reminded that cancer is limited, and it can be beaten. 

Missy Bass is exactly the kind of person that, when you meet her, you aren’t surprised she beat cancer. She is one of the most positive, down to earth, funny and enjoyable people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. 
Cancer survivors always remember when their entire world was flipped on them. Missy started with a cough. Not a little polite cough into the handkerchief kind, but a painful ear piercing cough. Naturally, everybody weighed in with their opinion and diagnosis for her. Friends and family suggested everything from tuberculosis to whooping cough and even kennel cough. Her doctors were suggesting allergies or asthma. The next couple of weeks only got worse. Night sweats and vomiting were becoming regular and at times she couldn’t catch her breath. One more trip to the doctor and he was convinced to order a chest x-ray.

When the results were in, Missy was asked to come into the doctor's office. She was ushered right in without waiting. ”You see this?” the doctor said as he pointed to a mass that was sitting on her bronchial tubes, "This is a problem." He handed her a piece of paper with two names on it, one was a thoracic surgeon, the other an oncologist. She just stared at him, " Do I have cancer?" (He hadn't exactly said it quite yet.) “Yes” he said, “but you are going to be fine. I promise.”

Growing up, Missy was the hypochondriac of her family. Constantly persuading that she had any number of illnesses, her family was used to hearing about a new diagnosis. Additionally, she was strangely obsessed with calling her mom and saying things to get a rise out of her i.e. she was pregnant, had eloped, gotten her nose pierced, gotten a tattoo, etc.

As she walked out of the doctors office in a daze, her mother (who, at the time, was battling stage 4 breast cancer herself) was the first person she called. Maybe not too surprisingly, her mom didn’t buy it and actually hung up on her. She called her back and told her again. The answer, “No you don’t Missy, quit screwing with me.” 

Of course, the reality of diagnosis finally set in for her and her family and the battle for her health ensued. She had surgery within a month followed by radiation and chemo therapy. With the exception of the three weeks following her surgery, she worked the whole time. Missy gives credit to having a very strong support system of family, friends, coworkers (she was 1 of 4 women fighting cancer in her office at the time) and her sorority sisters. In October 2012, two years later, she was told she was in remission.

Missy currently works in the mortgage industry and has been since she was 22yrs old. She loves working with people and says that she is a, “champion for the single Mom.” Growing up, she remembers her mother being divorced, and the struggle that she went through afterwards. 

She says that life is very relative now and that the experience of having cancer has made her a more understanding and caring person. Being diagnosed with cancer makes you realize what and who is important in your life.

We all know stories of sorrow, pain, and devastating loss as a result of cancer in our lives. Isn’t it time that we start telling the inspirational stories that give us hope? Cancer is a small word, but that doesn’t mean we have to let it destroy our lives in a big way.

We CAN fight… and we can win.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pig Picking to Support FeedMore

I had so much fun at the Pig Pickin' last night, put on by the Women's Council of Realtors (WCR) as a fundraiser for FeedMore.  I took my newest recruits and had a blast going to the different tables and meeting people, dancing to the live band and the food was amazing, too!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's Happening This Weekend

     As you know, I love getting out in about in my favorite city, RVA!  I can’t wait to eat my way through the weekend with two of Richmond’s most popular festivals: the Armenian Food Festival and Shock-on-the-Half-Shell Festival!

     Kick off your weekend with the Armenian Food Festival starting today, Friday 11 and lasting through 7 pm on Sunday.  Not only can you sample amazing traditional Armenian dishes, but there will be live music and dancing! Admission is free and it’s fun for the whole family!  Held at St. James Armenian Church at 834 Pepper Avenue.  This is the 57th year this festival has been held, a long-standing Richmond tradition!

     Slow down your Sunday afternoon with some cocktails and oyster tasting at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market for Shock-on-the-Half-Shell Festival.  Try everyone’s favorite bivalve steamed, roasted, fried, raw, or in any of the other dishes some of Richmond’s best restaurants have cooked up!  It lasts from 12:00 — 5:00 pm and you can also enjoy live music and an expanded craft and produce market.

     If oysters or Armenian food isn’t your thing (what?!) enjoy some of the other events happening around the area like the 43rd Street Festival at Forest Hill Avenue or the B’dam Brew JAM Craft Beer Festival!  There is lots going on this weekend, so get out and have fun! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy to Announce Missy Bass with C&F Mortgage Corporation!

     I am happy to announce that I have recently changed companies and am now a Mortgage Loan Officer and Production Manager with C&F Mortgage Corporation!  I’m so excited to move forward in providing competitive mortgage products and pricing with my new company as well as moving forward in my career with the added responsibility.  The part of my job that is most rewarding is helping people get into homes they love, and I look forward working with a talented group of mortgage loan officers who excel in finding creative solutions to more complex loans.  Meeting new people is one of my favorite things to do and I am excited to finding new recruits for C&F, in the position I love so much! 

     What perfect timing to bring in a new beginning for myself and my career than with the changing of the seasons.