This past February—hoping to brighten up our fans’ dark cold-weather days—Cold-EEZE hosted a “Winter Wellness Giveaway” on our Facebook page. The rules were simple: we wanted to know why you or someone you love deserved a spa getaway. Between February 1-21 we awarded daily winners with a $100 AmEx Gift Card. The contest culminated with a Grand Prize winner, who would earn a $2,000 gift certificate from SpaFinder.com; a $1,000 Airline Gift Certificate, and a Wellness Gift Pack.
Our fans’ responses were tremendous, and we loved being able to acknowledge these wonderful entries with the daily prizes. In the end, it was Michael’s selfless entry that captured our Grand Prize. Michael S. wrote in on behalf of his mom, who was recovering from Stage 3 Colon Cancer. He wrote, “She has so many bills that a vacation is in no way possible for her. I believe that this would be a true blessing for our family. She is not only a wonderful Mother but a remarkable woman.” We wanted to introduce you to Michael so everyone could learn his story and get to know him a little better! Please enjoy Michael’s story in his own words below:
Because I like and use the products of Pro Phase Labs, I saw that Cold-EEZE was running a “Winter Wellness Giveaway.” After reading what was possible to win, I immediately thought of my Mom. I thought that this would lift her spirits! I entered the contest without her knowledge and just told a very quick story of her triumph over colon cancer.
I was overjoyed when I found out that I was a finalist in the competition and realized that my Mom’s story had touched the hearts of the people at Cold-EEZE. I was surprised to see that thousands of people were voting. A true testament to all the people who like Cold-EEZE and also those wonderful and compassionate people who were touched by my Mom’s story.
I have always known she is a special woman but watching her fight for her life showed me that she had so much strength and I learned another lesson from my Mother…. To be courageous when faced with a terrifying situation. After winning the contest I received a few very nice and thoughtful e-mails from the staff of Pro Phase Labs saying how happy they were for our win. What a wonderful company! I have used and recommended Cold-EEZE products for about three years and believe in them, and my favorite flavor is cherry. I use both the oral spray and the “cold remedy lozenges” they taste good and relieve the awful feelings you get when you are sick. The orange is also very good. If you can’t get your Grandma’s chicken soup grab some Cold-EEZE.
When Mom found out that I had won the contest the first thing she said was, “Call my sisters and tell them to pack their bags!” My Mom is the baby of her family of five girls. When she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer stage 3 B, it knocked the wind out of everyone…especially her sisters. Because of the severity of the disease Mom had to have an immediate operation removing part of her colon and then “aggressive” chemotherapy treatments. Her sisters live eight hours away and each of them would drive into Illinois to sit with Mom during her treatments. I don’t know what she would have done without the love and continuous support of her sisters. So, it seemed only fitting that they all celebrate this gift from Cold-EEZE together. Celebrate life, happiness, health and the love they have for each other.
I have been very busy planning the “Winter Wellness Getaway.” We decided that everyone would meet in Chicago and use the generous gift certificate at a Spa there, at the top-rated Trump Hotel in Chicago. When my Mom and her sisters get together they never have a dull moment.
As a sidenote: I would be remiss if I did not mention that March is Colon Cancer awareness Month. If you are 50 and have not had a colonoscopy, you need to! If caught in time this is one of the easiest cancers to cure. Life is precious and we have learned this the hard way. A million “thank you’s” to Cold-EEZE for helping a son do something wonderful for his fantastic Mother.
Michael has also agreed to also tell us about the story of how his mom’s spa vacation goes, so stay tuned—we can’t wait to hear about it!
In case you wanted to match a face to the contest winner, Michael sent along a photo of his mother and the other “Smith girls.” He adds: “When you get them together… usually quite a bit of fun will be had.”