On September 14, 2018, numerous women and men will unite and walk 60 miles throughout Seattle. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a weekend of hope, as we honor lives lost, celebrate survivors, promote breast cancer research and help bring breast cancer care to those who so desperately need it. Because every woman and man is at risk for breast cancer, a disease that strikes at random and for which the causes and cures are still unknown, I know that every moment counts. Without a cure, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 10 million could die over the next 25 years. Who knows how many men could be added to that list?
I've decided, for the TENTH year (and ELEVENTH Walk) in a row, to take this 60-mile journey. Last year, I had an incredible experience participating in both this and the Dallas event. I raised $2300 in each city and met so many wonderful people along the way. Walking such a long distance was hard, but I will keep walking until breast cancer and all cancers are no longer a threat. I walk because I can. I walk so my daughters will never have to. I walk because everyone deserves a lifetime.
This year, I will walk again with the Valley Girls & Guys and I have committed myself to raise at least $2300.00, so I need your help. Keep in mind how far I'm walking and how hard I'll have to train. Remember, every penny helps and every donation is tax deductable. Please also ask your employer if they will double your donation with a matching gift.
I am once again taking on this challenge in honor of so many: Kimberly Thompson Brown, Erin Riley Hinman, Jenny Charback, Jamie Orozco, Dana McCarty, Anita Halverson, Garry Howard, Tracy Davis, Shannon Amick, and Julie Walsh Ryan, and in memory of: my grandfather Wilfred "Bud" Merton, my grandmother Elizabeth C. Sowa, my husband's grandfathers Harlan Giese and George Brooking, long-time family friend Dave Ottway, Jill Casey, and my husband's cousin Shelly Horton, as well as Jill Casey, Dr. Susan Kun Leddy & Ms. Linda Blasius. Different cancers affected them, however it's my hope that if a cure for breast cancer can be found, maybe one day a cure for all cancers can be found.
Unfortunately, cancer has become an all too common occurrence among women and men throughout the world. Now is the time to take action to help end this disease. The more funds that I raise, the sooner we can win this fight. Thank you for your support and consideration.