Susan G. Komen 3-Day
On October 31st, 2010 I started the day in a great mood. I had just come home from Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I went to work on Halloween in a great costume, ate candy, and had fun with my coworkers. I then got a text message late from my parents telling me to make sure to come straight home from work. I figured they wanted to make me hand out the candy, and thought nothing of it. Little did I know how this day would be burned into my head. That's the day I was told my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the next couple weeks, I would come to find out it was Stage 4 Metastatic, and I would learn what that meant for her chances.
But my mom, being the amazing women she was, took it as much in stride as anyone could expect. She fought, and took ever oppurtunity to live along the way as she could. We started spending more time together, knowing it was precious. And as she always did in life she made new friends along the way. I walked my first 3 Day alongside my sister in 2011, and remember the pain in my legs afterward, but nothing beat seeing my mom afterwords and knowing I had done this for her. August 12th, 2012 is the day that I lost my mother to breast cancer, another day I'll never forget. My family was there, including those people that are family but aren't. I remember my best friend trying to console me, as I tried to deal with the fact that at the too young age of 49 my mother had been taken from me. In 2012 I did my second 3 Day in honor of my mother. And while there was sadness, and more tears than I'd like, there was happiness too. Because you can't mourn without remembering the good too. And this is why I walk, and why I will continue to walk. To honor my mother. And to make sure that no one ever again will have to deal with this if at anyway possible.
I walk so that no one's sister, daughter, mother, friend or anyone has to deal with this. Ove the course of this day, approximately 130 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and let's not forget, 4 or so men will be too.
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day? is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. 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.