Ready for Day 1 - Nov. 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
In 2009 I signed up to participate in my first 3 Day for the Cure walk to honor my step-mom, her mother and her sister. Little did I know that those 3 days and 60 miles would forever change my life. It was meant to be one of those things I do and then cross off my bucket list. Yet, here we are 4 years later and once again I am registered to walk. This coming November 15th will be my fifth 3-Day event. It’s become a part of who I am. My commitment to the cause has evolved over the years. This insidious disease has affected 6 women in my family, the most recent being my mom in 2011. That’s too many. The fight to find a cure is now a personal one. It’s more inspirational, more emotional and more meaningful than ever. My mom is now a survivor and is a testament to the funds raised to help fight the battle and find a cure.
I am often asked why I do this. Why would I endure the sore muscles and blisters, the time and energy it takes to train, the worrying about meeting my fundraising minimums and walking 60 miles? The answer is simple…I walk because I can. I walk to remember those who have lost the battle, honor those who are fighting it and celebrate those who have won. I walk so that hopefully my nieces, my friend’s daughters and the beautiful little girls that I work with each and every day won’t ever have to be sitting in a doctor’s office getting the horrible news that they have breast cancer. I walk to find a cure. I walk because I can. How could I not?
According to Susan G. Komen, approximately 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. Every advancement in breast cancer research, treatment education and prevention in the last 25 years has been touched by a Komen for the Cure grant. They are working hard to build a future without breast cancer. The least I can do to help is walk. So I will, along with my wonderful teammates. We’ve become family, bonded by a common goal, to help find a cure for this horrible disease. In 2012 thanks to the generosity of people like you, our team raised over $30,000 and the combined total of all the San Diego walkers was over $6.5 million. Seventy-five percent of those Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure funds go to national research focused on decreasing breast cancer incidence and mortality in the next decade. The remaining twenty-five percent of the funds support the Komen Affiliate network and community-based breast health programs.
The question is, will you help me? In order to walk I need to raise $2,300. Would you please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me meet my minimum? Once again, I’m faced with the challenge of raising money in a tough economy. Every donation helps be it $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, or more! Every dollar is one more dollar toward finding a cure and giving hope to one more person diagnosed with breast cancer.
Your support is very much appreciated!
Steph ~ Team Viva Las Boobies