Like most families, my family has been touched by various cancers and heart disease. Growing up I was aware of these things but it wasn't until my late teens, when I lost my Grandma Barb to Pancreatic cancer, did I understand what cancer really did to a person and how it ravaged their body. It was a tough lesson to learn and has been something that has stuck with me my whole life.
In 2006, my wife Lisa began volunteering with the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Breast Cancer walk. Her experience has been tremendous and I always felt proud of her for dedicating herself to a cause larger than herself. While it was in 2006 that I was introduced to the world of breast cancer, it was in 2008 that the realities of breast cancer would enter my life. My stepmother Joyce was diagnosed with breast cancer and my family was stunned. Then, only a few months later, my aunt Val was also diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew both women were fighters but with cancer, well, it's scary. Thankfully, with the help of their doctors and early detection, both women were able to beat their breast cancers and became survivors.
Now, as a son, a husband, a brother to 4 sisters, and the father of a beautiful little girl, I feel it's time for me to do my part. To do more than just give emotional and verbal support... to give time. My time, walking and fundraising to help give time to women who are diagnosed and are fighting to beat breast cancer and to women who are looking to prevent and detect breast cancer early. It's only one weekend, it's only 60 miles, but to the women fighting this disease, it's more time they get to spend with their family and loved ones. And that time is immeasurable.
Thank you for supporting me in my efforts to help find a cure and thank you for any donations you were able to make.