I started this journey in 2000 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything went right - my doctor suspected something was amiss; I got a mammogram; it was suspicious; I was scheduled immediately for a biopsy; I had cancer; I had a lumpectomy and then radiation. I had family and friends to love and support me. My employer did everything and anything I needed. My insurance paid for every penny along the way. This is the way it is supposed to work for all of us. Early detection and then eradication and not worrying about money. That is why I walk. Yes I walk to help end breast cancer forever. Yes I thoroughly believe in the Komen mission of reducing deaths from Breast cancer by 50% in the next 10 years. But for me ......I walk because Susan G.Komen funds local communities and affiliates who are the front line with finding the help we need when this hits. I walk because no one - ever - anywhere should not get the same treatsment I had. Free mammograms and followup care. It is our right. I walk to raise money to help assure all of us this basic right.
I have walked 9 times since 2011. I have made the commitment of raising $16,100 in 2017 by walking all seven cities - Michigan, theTwin Cities, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and SanDiego. That's 7 more times I will walk 60 miles in 3 days to raise money for this cause that effects all of us.
I have raised over $26,000 along the way.
As in the past, my husband and I will pay all of my travel expenses to make this happen. I am asking for your help in raising the $16,100 - That's a lot of money. Please help me help the world's largest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen, fund research and fund screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs. Since 1982, the organization - you and me - has raised over $2.5 billion dollars for its mission. Please help in any way you can.