Please support the Youngerman family in Karen’s honor as they continue to take on this incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer.
Karen was so happy when she was at a 3-Day event, walking(she walked a 60 mile walk 7 times), crewing, or walker stalking just to cheer on the walkers. The 3-Day was Karen's happy place.
Karen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. That was the beginning of the fight for Karen and her family. With 3 young children she was courageous in her battle. She always had a positive attitude, an "I can beat this" spirit. She was diagnosed with cancer again in 2011, but her courage and spirit never faltered. In 2015 she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and she still maintained her positive way of thinking, never giving in to the cancer. On December 29, 2017 Karen lost her fight against breast cancer.
We must never give up. We must keep up the fight. We must do all we can. We must do this so other families do not have to suffer like Karen's family has, Please Donate Today so other people do not have to live with breast cancer, so other families do not have to go through what Karen's family has. We must do all we can to beat this evil beast! Click the Donate Now button to help with Karen's Fight to beat breast cancer. ....................................................................................................................................
On December 29, 2017, my beloved wife Karen lost her almost fifteen-year fight against breast cancer. As you can imagine, I am grief-stricken.
As I face 2018 without her and attempt to again find meaning in my life, I have decided to dedicate myself to continuing Karen’s fight. I’m doing that by walking in all seven of the Susan G. Komen 3-day walks around the country (Michigan on August 3-5, Twin Cities on August 17-19, Seattle on September 14-16, Philadelphia on September 28-30, Atlanta on October 12-14, Dallas/Fort Worth on November 2-4, and San Diego on November 16-18).
You see, Karen not only fought her own two separate instances of breast cancer (diagnosed in 2003 and 2011) bravely and without complaining, she dedicated herself to the Susan G. Komen 3-day, 60-mile walk in San Diego to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer treatments and research.
Karen walked the 60 miles in San Diego seven times! For years she was part of the crew. In 2017, her last walk, she only had the strength to go out and cheer on the walkers, but she did it with everything she had. I, too, walked in every one of the San Diego walks since 2011.
To prepare for the seven walks I am undertaking this year, I have been training every day since I lost Karen. That’s the easy part frankly. The hard part is raising the money needed to participate in the walks. Each walker is required to raise $2300 per walk. That means I’m personally required to raise $16,100 to participate in the seven walks.
But I am not walking alone. Several of Karen’s family members and friends have also dedicated themselves to walking in at least one event with me. Together my team members have undertaken 21 walks this year! Every person participating must raise $2300 per walk, for a total of $48,300.
I hope you will find it in your heart (and in your budget) to support me and my team in our efforts to continue Karen’s fight. Any amount you can contribute would be so very much appreciated.
I thank you in advance for helping me and my team in any way you can to continue Karen’s fight and hopefully spare other families from the horror that is 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. Karen fought to end breast cancer. We want to continue this fight-to make that goal a reality.