I hate feeling powerless. And powerless is the best word to describe the feeling I experience when I learn that a friend or a family member has cancer. I will never be a doctor, the studies would be too much and I don’t have the emotional strength to endure what a doctor sees. But I do have a pair of legs that can move and I have a voice that I don’t mind using. This walk is my power over cancer. I won’t stop walking.
I was fourteen years old the first time the words “she has breast cancer” hit me. “She” was my cousin, and “she” was only fifteen years old. Cancer does not discriminate, it knows no age limits. The fear that gripped me pulled me from my home and to the streets where I went for a long walk with tears streaming down my face and a heart that was broken. I suppose that was my first walk.
I’ve heard the words too many times since that day. Another cousin, two aunts, and far too many friends. Each of these people have a story and each story has a different ending. Some are still here with us and some are not. I've rejoiced with an "all clear" report and I’ve cried alone at funerals for mothers while teenage daughters read eulogies. I can’t stop walking.
I’ve sat in restaurants as my dearest person revealed the need for a biopsy. I’ve been here too many times; I grip her tight and pray a prayer of “Not her too, God. Not this one, please.” I ask my husband to take a picture of us so that I can freeze time. I’ve waited by the phone to hear the results and done my best to support her through her journey.
I will never stop walking.
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.