Sometimes there are just no words. But let me try to explain why I am walking 60 miles, sleeping in a pink tent, and using port-o-potties all to support breast cancer. The simple answer is a bit corny but true- I want to give hope to those in need.
I am a social worker and over the years have seen unimaginable abuse, despair, and tragedy. A known prostitute in Oak Cliff dies of an overdose and is never identified (yet, she is someone’s daughter). A 12-year-old, who ended her life by shooting herself in the head after being removed from her home due to sexual abuse only to be placed with her uncle who did the same. A middle aged man who was diagnosed with cancer and thought his only option was “to go home and die” because he didn’t have insurance coverage.
So imagine what a culture shock it was when I volunteered at the 2017 Dallas 3-Day and saw women and men taking steps of positive support, love, acceptance and passion toward each other. They were all there with one mission: to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. The kindnesses I witnessed...the determination in their eyes...the passion in their souls... all made me think of Louis Armstrong’s song “What A Wonderful World.” They call it the PINK BUBBLE and I knew immediately I had to walk 60 miles too.
Stacey is a teammate on team STEPS. She has breast cancer metastatic to the brain and failed the first two rounds of chemotherapy. Now she is in a clinical trial and is doing well! Jessie, another teammate, is a breast cancer survivor and walked despite getting sidelined for stress fractures and losing her sister to breast cancer just three weeks before the event. I wish you could see their smiles and hear their stories. So why walk 60 miles? Honestly, I CAN’T NOT!!!
Here’s where you come in. I need your help to reach my goal of $2300. by clicking on the link below. PLEASE donate in honor of someone you know who has been affected by cancer of any kind. This non-profit organization operates on a skinny 20% overhead and 80% goes directly toward life-saving breast cancer research and programs. In a time when advancements are crucial, some support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation has waned. Controversy remains, but truth prevails. I believe in this cause with all my heart. EVERYONE deserves a lifetime. Be a hero and help make that happen.
Thank you in advance for your part,