Time is a funny thing. You look back on it, and it seems to have vanished. When you’re in the midst of it, it can feel endless. But when you are living with an incurable disease, time is everything.
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost twelve years since Lee was first diagnosed with breast cancer. And it’s been nearly as long since we first registered for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The 3-Day was our way to close a dark chapter that we hoped never to repeat. We originally thought it would be a “one-and-done” event, but it has evolved into an integral part of our lives. The 3-Day has been our celebration of Lee’s triumph, and our daughter Pam’s, over this disease. And it’s given us a platform to raise awareness about male breast cancer. But we never could have anticipated how much more the 3-Day community would come to mean to our family. We have been embraced by survivors, co-survivors, and advocates who all share the same passion for a cure. This pink family nourishes us, supports us, and gives us hope. And you are part of this family.
After participating in eighteen 3-Day Walks in seven different cities, and having raised more than $440,000, we have decided the time has come to hang up our 60-mile walking shoes. We plan to walk once more in San Diego this November. I would like to believe that we have helped move the needle in raising awareness about male breast cancer over these years. Lee’s story has been featured in numerous newspapers, on the radio, and on television. He has stood in the Survivors Circle at every 3-Day event as living proof that breast cancer does not discriminate based on gender. We have been recognized and honored for our efforts, but the work is far from finished. Until the pain and suffering is vanquished, we will continue being loud voices in the breast cancer arena, focusing our efforts now for more research into metastatic breast cancer.
We will never be able to thank our family and friends enough for their ongoing support and kindness all these years. It is our sincere hope they will continue to share their generosity with Komen and other breast cancer charities that discover better treatments, research and hopefully a cure for this devastating disease.
Time is such a funny thing. You can’t see it or hold it. Yet, it defines just about everything we do. It gives us a framework. We cherish it but we also wish it away. We save it and we waste it. It goes by fast; it goes too slow. Thank you for giving us more of it.