For the last five years, in addition to the 3 Day I have also participated in our local Race for the Cure and have served on the committee since our inaugural event in 2014. It was through my participation on this committee that I met a beautiful young woman who was diagnosed in her early twenties with breast cancer. Unfortunately, just two short years after undergoing treatment and a brief remission, the cancer returned in her spine and liver. Despite the setback, her attitude remained positive and her smile never faded. She was determined to thrive for however long she was blessed to be on this earth and literally danced her way through chemo. She wrote on her blog, “I am the most positive person out there and no matter how I feel I will tell you I am doing well...I don’t plan on going anywhere but I will be at peace if that day comes sooner than later.” That’s just how she was; full of life, always smiling and upbeat. Sadly, shortly before I left for the San Diego walk in November of 2017 she was admitted to hospice. Three days after I returned, the cancer took her from her husband, daughter, family, and friends.
Such a tragic and untimely loss was a grim reminder that not every breast cancer diagnosis has a happy ending and until a cure is found, our work is far from being over. While we are all focused and doing everything in our power to achieve Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths 50 percent by 2026, without the generosity of people like you this goal cannot be achieved. You are the driving force behind our mission to end this disease and I could not be more grateful for your continued support. By entrusting your hard-earned dollars to us, I truly believe the progress we have achieved has given those facing the unknown promise for their future and the gift of more time with loved ones and the opportunity to win at life; just as Lisa did. From my heart, thank you once again for choosing to support a cause I have put my heart and soul into for the last 15 years. You are the reason I am able to continue my mission. I am forever grateful for your support.
From my heart, Kathy
Dancing through chemo with beautiful Lisa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-9spFncwM&feature=youtu.be