Every day I wake up with a woman who lives with Stage 4 breast cancer. A woman who I have supported through 16 surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and years of testing and treatments. I then say good morning to our 19 year old daughter who is BRCA positive and try not to think of what all that means. I started this walk in 2009 for them, yet along this journey it has become so much more. You see, I have come to realize that breast cancer is not just about my wife and daughter, but about yours. Too many of the people I have met as I have walked these many miles are not as blessed as my family. We have struggled for sure, but we are here and able to fight this fight through our participation in this walk.
I have lost too many friends, cried too many tears so I walk. I walk for those who can no longer do so. I walk for their families who don't get to wake up and say good morning to the people they love because breast cancer has won the battle. I walk to win the war.
Throughout the years I have found an amazing support group. I have been honored to not only be a member of Friends With Heart, who has been the top fundraising team in Philadelphia, but also Men With Heart, an organization that helps walkers on route to let them know they are not alone on this journey.
The 3Day is a weekend for laughter and tears, for blisters and muscle aches, but it is also a time to raise awareness and most importantly it is time to bring our world one step closer to a world without breast cancer. My wife living with Stage 4 breast cancer proves that your donations matter. My daughter knowing her options and having doctors helping her prevent this disease proves that your donations matter. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime so I ask you to please help not just my family but to help yours. Together we make a difference.
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.