I'd like to tell you the story of why I walk....
I had always thought about giving back and had looked into walking on several occasions. To me, the fundraising goal was monumental.
I start with the story of my coworker, Kathy, who fought the fight several times. In December, several years ago, after having her regular breast cancer check up in May, she came down with what we thought was bronchitis. Not being able to fight it off, she went to the doctor, who asked her to go to the hospital for x-rays. About a week before Christmas, she was diagnosed once again with cancer, but it had metastasized into something more....she was given only weeks to live. Her son attended the school at which I taught. Unbeknownst to me that she was dying, on New Year's Day she called me to say, "I'm not going to be returning to school this year. Can you continue to take Michael home after school each day?" "Of course!," I replied. "There is no need for you to worry about this. Just get well." On January 4, the day of her 40th birthday, she passed away.
I looked again, at this time, at the walk and decline to do it because of the fund raising factor.
Enter February… I see my dear Aunt Sue, and she tells me that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't believe it! There was no history of breast cancer anywhere in the family. I knew that this was my message that I needed to walk. Her treatment was successful, and she is going on several years now, cancer free.
I am now raising funds for my fifth walk. I am hoping that you can find a way to support me. No donation is too small, and is greatly appreciated. If you find that you cannot support me financially, I ask that you keep me in your thoughts while I enter this journey yet once again.