A 27-year-old Moncton blogger and cancer survivor is moving out west and selling everything she owns in an effort to raise $27,000 for two charities.
Susan Ehrhardt was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2011, at the age of 25.
During her battle with cancer, Ehrhardt’s family and friends helped raise $27,000 to help her pay for treatments.
She’s now in remission and wants to give back and specifically help two charities that she strongly believes in: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Terry Fox Foundation.
"After going through cancer, possessions don't really mean as much to me as they used to," she said.
Ehrhardt has already started selling all of her belongings online. So far, she’s raised $700.
'I had a curable cancer and not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer or blood cancers has the same outcome as me.'— Susan Ehrhardt
But she is also organizing fundraisers, such as silent auctions and triathlons, to help her reach her goal of raising $27,000.
"I had a curable cancer and not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer or blood cancers has the same outcome as me," she said.
"I want to make sure other people have the opportunity to live through it or at least have the support services in place."
And now that her health is more stable, she decided to leave Moncton to join her partner in Calgary at the end of September.
"Once you finish treatment, it's sort of like, 'OK, go live your life.' It's like, 'I almost died, what am I supposed to do?'" she said.
"I realize the world really is at my fingertips and I always wanted to drive across the country. I'm 27-years-old and I have to explore a little bit."
Ehrhardt will continue to blog about her experience in western Canada as well as do some freelance writing.
She eventually wants to put a book together using excerpts from her blog.