In 2005 my family and I heard those dreaded words, “you have cancer.” It was truly frightening because at 57 I felt I still had a lot of living to do. Given a 50/50 chance to survive with triple negative breast cancer, I didn’t like those odds.
In 2006, a good friend walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in my honor hoping that I could join her. At that time, I could barely walk around the block, thanks to the effects of chemo.
Despite dealing with broken bones in the early years after chemo, I decided to volunteer for Komen in 2006 to show her my gratitude, as I could not walk myself. Walking the 3-Day from 2007 to present, I feel as resolute as ever and maybe physically stronger and more determined to see this plan through. The 3-Day has given me 13 years of inspiration and good health post diagnosis. I feel like I have been given a second chance because now with the renewed zest for life, four grand daughters and a great granddaughter that I might have never known, I’ve also reached retirement with my best pal and husband, Bruce. Life is great, and I want the same outcome for everyone.
I dedicate a great deal of my time and effort to ensuring that I play my part in finding a cure along with so many others who walk and fundraise to make our world one with no cancer.
I need to focus my efforts now with less than a month to go before I walk another 60 miles in the DFW 3-Day. To do this, I still need help to meet my personal goal of $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and all that it means to fund research and the cure.
Too many people still lose their lives to breast cancer.
Please support me as I take on another incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer.
In 2016, Komen announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. I am told that we are likely on target for this, at least, I truly hope so.
At 70 years old and a 13 year survivor as well as participating in my 12th year with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, pleae help me make this goal a reality for us all.