I have just completed my 11th year and my 15th walk for Komen. What an honor and a privilege to have walked all those miles with some of the best people in the world that I have ever met. I have had some of the best support of my fundraising efforts that this girl could have ever asked for. When I have completed this walk in Dallas, I will have walked in every city at Komen has available, some of them twice. I am closing in on raising 100 grand this year and I need your help in achieving that goal. I want to walk in Philly again this year as in 2009 when I walked there we had freezing rain and I only got to walk on Sunday. Komen had for the first time canceled two days due to weather conditions. I need to raise 9,000 dollars this coming year to reach my goal. I am starting early as I know this will be a tremendous undertaking. I had back surgery this year which prevented me from walking again in Atlanta. I had already walked in Michigan in August but it killed me to not be out there walking in the town where it all began for me in 2007 with 18 newbies on a team Two Steps Behind is Just Fine!!!!. I am walking in both Philly and Dallas this coming year.
Along the way, I will make new memories. I will climb hills, dance on poles, sing to the music in passing by vehicles, and laugh at the jokes told along our journey. i will become a kid again. I can slide down slides and veer off the path to literally save second base. Speaking of kids, I will be encouraged, served, cheered on, and be subject to the shenanigans of some of the greatest kids in the world, the 3-Day Youth Corps. I will see their smiles, enjoy their high fives, and appreciate the hope of a bright future that they represent. I will listen to their stories. For each one of them have personally been affected by cancer. I will cry. I will most definitely cry.
I will walk in silence as I remember those I've lost to Cancer. I will think of my Aunt Jean, and Julie Sue Buck who battled valiantly against cancer. I will remember my Pop Wip Kleintop who faced lung cancer and lost, and all his silly ways about him that still influence me today. Should a feather or a penny cause an extended pause in the walk, I'll know he's just showing his support and making sure I rest, and talk to the people around me. That, I listen to their stories, and to their jokes. He will make sure I remember to laugh and soak in the positive memories of the world around me. I will laugh. I will most definitely laugh!
I will laugh at the silly costumes that many of the walkers choose to wear. I will laugh at the guys wearing watermelons in bras, I will laugh at the ladies who bring out their poles and change their costumes and encourage us to dance and stretch. I will laugh with the stalkers with their encouraging signs, and when they tell me I'm almost there, I'll say "Right it is just around the corner; Like a Komen Mile is a mile". But we are. We are truly almost there.
This may be the last year for this soul. I have had two surgeries since I began this 12 years ago. My Mom who is 89 years young told me that my body is trying to tell me something and at almost 64 she may be right. Please open your hearts and donate today and have one more deduction for next year.
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