Since 2009, I've supported my best friend, Lisa Stephens Rahn, in her endeavor to make a difference as she walked the 3-Day 9 different times. In October of 2016, Lisa and I traveled together to Philadelphia where we spent three days in a beautiful pink bubble as we walked 60+ miles. In October of 2018, we will link arms again as Team Bama Besties and walk another 60 miles, this time in Atlanta, the city I call home and where it all began for Lisa almost a decade ago. We will be remembering those who have lost their fight and honoring those who are still with us.
I desperately want to find a cure for breast cancer. The disease hits close to home. It's affected my sweet Mamaw as well as so many friends I love and hold dear. No one should have to fear this disease, and that is why I am so passionate about finding a cure.
Why would you want to walk 60 miles (AGAIN)?
It's a question we get asked a lot when we sign up for the 3-Day. And until you've walked beside a daughter who had to grow up without a mother, until you've studied the faces of the 20-something-year-old women honored in the memorial tent because they already lost their fight, until you've had a strong, spirited survivor breeze past you on the route—showing you WE CAN DO THIS, until the fate of your own family has been threatened by this terrible disease, maybe it is a hard concept to grasp. Last year, as I stepped up to the white remembrance tent, I saw where my sweet friend had written the name of her mother who, sadly, lost her fight to this terrible disease. My friend had written her mom's name on this tent in Atlanta and there I was standing in Philadelphia, sobbing as I stared at her handwriting. That's when it all came together for me and I realized that all over the country we are passionately fighting together to find a cure!
Why walk 60 miles? Because there is no way I can't. There is no way I can give up. There is no way I will turn my back on these people that, with each step, with each pit stop, with each night in a hot pink tent, each united hobble across camp, are becoming my friends. They inspire me and they make me want to continue to raise awareness!
This year, I'm looking forward to working hard again to help find a cure! I'm excited to go above and beyond my comfort zone into a community of impassioned men and women who believe we can make a difference together. I'll be walking beside those who can and FOR those who can't.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds help support research, scientific programs and community-based breast health and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support...whether it be financially, emotionally, or prayerfully, it is appreciated more than you will ever know. If you've already donated, thank you and please share my story with anyone who may be interested in supporting me as well!
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