TEN YEARS WALKING?! 10!! Who would have thought? Certainly not me! Why, I only wanted to try it 'once' to see what it was like, to see if I could do it! Over 9,000 miles later and over $75,000 raised, why sure, I'll take on one more year! Not to be overlooked is another year survivorship too - lucky 13!
Why do I keep walking? Why do I keep fundraising? Why do I sacrifice hours upon hours to training? It is for the same reason that Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure exists - to end breast cancer. Komen has funded more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit ($889 million to date, second only to the U.S. government). But like many health organizations, SGK has known from its very first days that reducing death from breast cancer requires a mix of science, education, and direct help to people facing the disease.
Did you know that on any given day, nearly 600 women receive a free screening mammogram, thanks to Susan G. Komen?
Did you know Susan G. Komen research investments have led to new technologies like Lymphoseek®, a new imaging agent that more accurately identifies cancer-containing lymph nodes?
Did you know that last year, Komen community grants provided financial and social support for more than 50,000 families impacted by breast cancer?
Komen has invested more than $166 million in funding for over 400 research grants and more than 40 clinical trials focused on metastatic disease.
Did you know that Komen has created a Tissue Bank that is the only place where researchers all over the world can access healthy breast tissue needed to study the causes and prevention of breast cancer?
I continue to walk so that advancements may continue to be made. I continue to walk to honor those taken away, many much too soon, much too young. I continue to walk for those that cannot. I continue to walk because I can.
This year will bring me to my 13 year survivorship mark. I will walk my 31st event. While I must raise a minimum of $2,300 to have the privilege to do so, my personal goal is to raise enough to bring my lifetime fundraising total to $100,000. To make this happen, I need your help.
Your tax dedutible donation will not only help with the fight against breast cancer but also provide:
More early detection and effective treatment. Currently, about 66 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the best screening test to find breast cancer early. Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
More hope. In 1980, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was about 74 percent. Today, it’s 99 percent.
More research. The federal government now devotes more than $750 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention, compared to $30 million in 1982.
More survivors. Currently, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
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.