Because Everyone Deserves a Lifetime.
I am a two-time, 17 year breast cancer survivor and I am walking for the first time this year in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-mile walk. I have walked and ran in my local Race for the Cure, but wanted to 'step it up' this year to raise even more awareness. I feel that any advance in breast cancer research not only benefits the men and women affected by breast cancer, but also advances research in all other cancers. A little bit about me; I was 34 when I was diagnosed on April 16, 2001, also my husband's birthday. My son was almost three years old. I remember clearly that my first thoughts were of my son, and I just prayed to make it through for him. I had a wonderful team of doctors who did not let my age determine how they approached my diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, I have recently met other women who were diagnosed at what is considered a young age, who weren't as fortunate and are now fighting battles beyond what they should be fighting. My hope is that with education, research and a cure, I will not have to meet any more of these young women, or for that matter, any man, woman or child who share with me their cancer story. I believe that participating in this walk is a huge step forward to accomplishing this. My experience, the scars, the long term affects don't define me, but they evoke reasons why I'm still here, remind me of the doctors, friends, family and even strangers who got me through with support and prayer, and instill in me that there is still more to do. I walk this journey in honor and celebration of friends and loved ones who have battled cancer, in any form. Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be more than Pink. With gratitude and love, Michelle, Ted and Ethan Clay
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.