I just walked my first 60 miles! Praise God!
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end
breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a
60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the Susan
G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer
research and community programs.
This is my second year walking!
I have been blessed in that I have never dealt with breast cancer in a
personal way. I noticed that I was hearing stories about women being
diagnosed with breast cancer. It just seemed to me that it was
becoming more common everyday. In these stories that I was listening
to, the horror of what these women where going to endure and go through
just to get better. I could not believe the extensive process that it
was, and many times the battle is for years, and lots of times the
women don't even make it. How horrible! I could imagine in my mind,
hearing those dreaded words for myself, or God forbid someone I love
dearly. What does one do?
I have a sorority sister, Jan who had been doing the 3-Day walk for
several years. We were together and she began to talk about this walk
she was training for. I asked her about it, and thus my journey to do
the Susan G Komen 3 Day. I joined her team, Walking In Sunshine, and
have loved every minute of it. This was my first year walking and I
intend to do this walk every year until I can't anymore. I have never
experienced anything more powerful in person, than this. I have met
some beautiful women who are survivors and have a zest for life that we
should all embrace. I have team members who are in the midst of breast
cancer, but refuse to give up and walked, God bless them! What an
amazing sight to behold!
As far as fundraising went, boy was I scared. I have never asked
people for money before. My team does different fundraisers during the
year, and those who participate, we split the money for our individual
raising needs. Then there is just the simple asking of family and
friends. I was surprised at how generous they could be. I was also,
honored that my husband's employer and vendors he deals with donated as
well!! I think my feet got wet this year, so next year I will up the
ante, and ask away!! I want be so afraid of the fundraising this time!
Along the walk, seeing women who obviously were in the process of
fighting breast cancer was humbling and emotional. They came out to
cheer me on, even if they did not feel the greatest. I can't even
imagine. Families thanking us for helping and showing complete
strangers love and support. I welled up with tears so many times at
the utter amazement of such support. Wow. All I did was raise a
I learned that the money I raise is helping someone live. God, I hope
so!!! It is hard to say I have a favorite memory, because it was all
just more than I imagined, powerful, awesome, amazing, more adjectives
than I can even come up with. But one thing definitely stands out.
When the closing ceremonies where over and I was walking away with a
few of my teammates, a lady walked up to us and asked if she could have
her picture taken with us. It was obvious she was battling breast
cancer. She had a little sign that she held up that read "I just
completed my last chemo on Tuesday". We took the picture and she began
to thank us for walking and raising money to help women like her. That
is why I walk and will continue to walk. I don't want to have to take
another picture with a beautiful women needing chemo and going through
hell to live. I am honored that I can do it, and will continue to do
this until I am gone or breast cancer is cured.
God Bless all the women and yes men who are battling this disease. You
are true heroes for what you must endure and the fight that you put up
to live. I rely on scripture and the one that stands out is 1 Cor.
15:10, "But by the grace of God, I am what I am. His grace to me was
not without effect. No I worked harder than all of them, yet not I,
but the grace of God that was with me."