It has taken me quite a bit of reflection to compose a post that expresses what this goal/challenge truly means to me...and we all know I am not usually at a loss for words...I just didn't think the standard fundraising page conveyed my heartfelt emotions...
My first thought - how can I even begin to ask my friends and family to support me with a donation - especially in these economic times. To be completely honest, there are two things in life I am definitely not good at - asking for help (yes, we all know that I am extremely stubborn)...and discussing anything that has to do with money (it truly makes me cringe) - but one thing I am good at is conveying my passion...and I am extremely passionate about this goal. So passionate, that this "high maintenance girl" is willing to spend two nights in a tent...yep - three days of walking and camping (without electricity, without make-up, and wearing my glasses) - for me, that is about as serious as it gets...
I am walking with Lois - she is a best friend, a mentor, an inspiration, and has truly touched my life; my days would not be the same without her friendship, advice, and comfort. She is a fifteen year breast cancer survivor and I am truly thankful every single day that she did not succumb to this dreadful disease. I am honored to walk with/for Lois...and for so many other women and men who are bravely fighting/have bravely fought or watched a loved one battle breast cancer.
Our team is called "Twinkle Toes" (perfect, don't you think?!)...
We are walking in remembrance of friends and family - we are walking to honor the survivors - and we are walking to support the fighters. We are walking to raise awareness - we are walking to raise funds - we walking for a CURE.
To participate in the 60-mile 3-Day walk, a participant must raise a minimum of $2,300 - as you can see, I have set my personal goal quite a bit higher at $6,000 dollars...and I know that may seem a bit outrageous, but it does seem obtainable...it's an average of $100 per mile...and I truly intend to surpass my goal! I hope you will consider making a donation - no matter how big or small, you will make a difference. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Komen 3-Day help fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and affiliate support and outreach programs.
Please join me by making a donation - I am extremely thankful for your support - together we can fight this disease and find a cure...
...and so it begins...my training starts now...I'll keep you updated on my progress...
I'm ready for this incredible journey!
AKA - Baby Twinkle Toes
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
April was a great month for training - I logged over 100 miles outside and enjoyed every minute of it! I finally have the right shoes and socks...and my core is built up for 10+ mile walks...I truly look forward to each day I get to "pound the pavement". I spent a week in California, where I got in a ten mile walk with one of our "Twinkle Toes" captains...plus, all five members of our team were together for the first time...we have a GREAT group!
I have been working on some fundraising ideas, in hopes to add to my donations in the next couple months...I still have high hopes to reach my goal by November!
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 8:14 PM CT
I have been continuing on my journey - walking almost daily...even though it has been mostly indoors on the treadmill. Yesterday the sun was shining for the first time in quite a while and temperatures were in the 40s - I celebrated by walking almost ten miles outside in the sweet sunshine...I was so happy to break in my brand new shoes, even though I had to dodge the puddles and melting snow. Now to get more serious about my fundraising - November will be here before I know it and I still need to raise quite a bit of money to reach my goal...
Thank you for visiting and for making a donation! I heart you...
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 12:29 PM CT
After finally recovering from a two week bout with the flu, I am back to my regular workouts. I am still doing mostly treadmill walking, as the ground here is still snow and ice covered. This past weekend, I had my first hard workout (post flu) and logged 10.15 miles in 2:39, so I am feeling pretty good! I am extremely thankful for the donations thus far and still have high hopes to reach my goal - please consider making a donation - together we can find a cure for this dreadful disease...
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Feb 06, 2013 @ 10:56 AM CT
Hello family, friends, and supporters! Just a new post to let you know my training continues to go well - I am walking long distances on the treadmill almost daily....the ground outside is covered with snow and ice and temperatures have been resting right around zero degrees, so for now, I train indoors. :-) Simba and I have been walking anywhere from one to three miles outside daily, but the weather definitely slows us down. Looking forward to spring, when I will be able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me - I heart you...I am really looking forward to November!
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 3:15 PM CT
November 29, 2012
I decided it might be a little overwhelming if I post an update each and every week - there would be pages and pages of blog posts - so I will slow it down a bit, but still keep you apprised of my progress.
The COLD weather has definitely arrived in Iowa and slowed down my neighborhood walks - I am still managing a couple miles outside each day, but I am definitely spending some quality time with my treadmill.
I am still extremely excited to be taking this journey and I am so very grateful for the donations and support I have received thus far....I'm on my way to achieving my goal!
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 1:21 PM CT
November 20, 2012
I had another good week - even with a terrible blister on the ball of my right foot (and trying to take it easy), I managed to log just over 20 brisk walking miles...and several hours of cardio. The weather has been unseasonably warm and I am taking advantage....looks as if we are having a drastic drop in temperature by the end of the week. I am headed out shortly to walk a new path - it is almost 60 degrees today and I am not going to let this sunny November day go to waste!
An extra special thank you to a very dear friend for the donation this week - I am blown away by your generosity! <3
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:02 PM CT
November 13, 2012
It has been one week - and I got quite a bit of walking/training done. I logged 28 walking miles and 3 hours of cardio. I am taking advantage of the final days of decent weather before the snow and ice arrive. I'm thankful for my fancy treadmill - when winter weather hits, I will be able to continue to train....it's all good!
A special thank you to my first three donors this week - I am on my way!
by Belinda Karls-Nace on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 2:52 AM CT