Please support me as I take on an 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. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality.
The above paragraph is what is written on the Susan G. Komen website, as a suggestion, to help people setup their personal page. I've included it because it gives a couple of stats. It does not, however, tell you who I am. My name is Barbara Nobles. I live in Southern California with my husband of 37 years Don, who is my rock. I'll get right to the reason why I participate in the 3-day. In 2005, my sister Pat, was diagnosed with DCIS. This meant that after her lumpectomy, she would need to undergo chemo and radiation. And, man, what a trooper she was!! I was so proud of her! I don't know that I could have stayed so strong. She didn't even share what she was going through, until the diagnosis was definite. She didn't want ME to worry! When she did tell me, I was devastated, to say the least. She is my only sibling ad we are very close. I don't remember too many details along the journey, I'm sure I just didn't want to remember. 2 things do stand out in my mind though. She was told she would start to lose her hair , 14 days after the start of chemo. So on day 14, since I'm a hairstylist, I brought my clippers over and shaved her head! Not, however, until I gave her a great Mohawk first, LOL! That gave us a couple of laughs. The other happened in the store after trying on some clothes. She was so hot, she didn't want to put her scarf back on. Instead of being afraid of leaving it off, she shoved it in her purse and off we went! What a liberating thing to do. She completed her treatment in 2006 and has been CANCER FREE, ever since! Hallelujah! I did the 3-day in 2017, in San Diego. A friend of mine, Barbara Bloom, invited me to join her on Team Steps. What an honor it was to walk with these fantastic women! It was such a life changing experience for me that I decided to walk with them again, in 2018. Philadelphia here we come! The hardest part of the whole experience, for me, is the fundraising. I have a very hard time asking people to donate. However, after meeting some of the survivors who are alive because of the efforts of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it make it a little easier. There were people all along the 60 mile route, cheering, supporting and thanking us for our efforts. So many people have been touched, in some way, by this monster!! If you would like to help me make it to Philadelphia, I would truly appreciate any amount of donation you can spare. Every dollar counts! So, if it is $5, $10 or $20, IT ALL ADDS UP! ESPECIALLY, before May 1st. The Team Captain of Team Steps has offered to MATCH any donation I receive by May 1st!! Isn't that incredible?? Just think, that $20 you send would actually mean $40. That would be enough to pay for one woman or man, without insurance, to have a mammogram (they are $35). What a difference you could make in someone's life! And as always, your emotional support means the world to me! Thank you all for reading my message. Barb
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