Why the heck would you walk 60 miles and raise money to do this? Not to mention, working events, soliciting friends, family and the general public for money, spending weekends training, making gift baskets? Yes, that's a real question that I haven been asked. My answer is pretty simple - I am a SURVIVOR of breast cancer and I want to be sure that there is money raised for research so others can be survivors as well.
You would think it would be easy to raise money to walk right? I will say that it isn't that easy but it's worth all of the effort it takes to do so. Walking itself is easy compared to fighting cancer. It's an every day battle. Whenever I get a call or pm that another friend is beginning their battle, it's the same feeling that comes over me. First, I find it really hard to catch my breath, then my stomach flips, then the tears, and finally the prayers start. I've been told it sounds a little like a form of PTSD. I don't want to throw that around too easily. I pray they have the strength to go through it. I pray they have the support. I pray they remain positive. I pray they rely on their own faith. I then pray that this is the last of my friends or family that has to go through this.
I am walking this year in two walks. The first in Philly with some of my Pink Soles in Motion team members and the second in Dallas. This will be my 9th year as a Survivor - I am truly blessed. If it were not for research I am confident I would not be here today. I am walking for so many friends this year because they cannot. Scott, Roger, Jim, Kris, Stephanie, all of my Survivor Sisters, my Uncle Cosmo, Angus, and my Dad. Some of those have lost their battle and some of those are still fighting. I am walking this year for all cancers. I figure 120 miles should be enough time to cover a lot of prayers for a lot of people.
I know there are alot of causes that people are passionate about. This is one that has personally touched and changed me. If you can, please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. If you cannot support me monitarily, please support me by saying a prayer of thanks and support for those who have beaten cancer and for those who are currently battling. I hope to make it through two walks this year and raise enough money to make a difference. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make my goal a reality.