I made a promise. To never give up until we find a cure. So I will once again be joining my family to walk in the 2018 Philadelphia 3-Day for Breast Cancer. This will be my eighth time walking and I can't wait to join the rest of my crazy team, Friends With Heart, as we fight together to put an end to breast cancer. This past year I had a broken toe during the walk, but even that couldn’t keep me away. Thanks to the help of my team, I used a wheelchair and a knee scooter and was able to walk about 16 of the 60 miles. Such is our dedication to this fight. We will not stop until breast cancer is a thing of the past.
Why do I walk? Because four generations of my family has battled this disease. Because my sister is BRCA positive and is living with Stage 4 breast cancer. Because at the age of 18, my niece found out she is also BRCA positive and has almost a 90% chance of developing breast cancer before she turns 50. She has some very tough decisions a head that no one her age should have to face. This is why I keep walking. This is why I will not stop until we find a cure for this terrible disease.
I am proud to be a member of team Friends With Heart. This dedicated group of men and women have become part of my family. Our team motto is "No Walker Left Behind". We support each other across every step of this amazing journey. Several years ago, we welcomed Men With Heart to join our team. They are a Boston based non-profit organization made up of an all-volunteer group of men dedicated to eradicating breast cancer by raising awareness and funds and motivating more men to join in the fight against breast cancer. You can spot them walking all along the 3-Day route wearing bright yellow shirts and shouldering large backpacks full of essential supplies that provide support and comfort to any walker in need. Together my pink family and I will continue to fight until we find a cure and put an end to breast cancer. But we need your help!
Please consider making a donation and supporting me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds help support research, scientific programs and community-based breast health and education programs for women and men facing this terrible disease. 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 is why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality. I walk for my sister and my niece. I walk because I cannot walk away. I walk because everyone deserves a lifetime. This is our promise: A World Without Breast Cancer!