I am so incredibly proud of my 3-day relationship - if you never done one, it is hard to explain - it doesn't just start on camp day - walkers start "training" about 24 weeks in advance of the walk - often leaving our families on their own - you wake up and say lets go for an 18 mile walk today - and your friends/family run the other way - not complaining - I'd run too if it wasn't my "thing" - i.e. I don't hike so if you asked me to do a 14ner - not going to happen......the best part of the walk is making new friends and socializing with people who understand why you do what you do and hearing their stories......then that magical week comes..............you'll find generally conservative women - coloring their hair pink........... nails, toes, getting them all done............and the outfits - what to wear - feathers, boas, a time to let that little girl out and enjoy the moment ......so - you walk, talk - get to know the walkers - you hear more stories about people you are walking for.......you realize no matter how wealthy you are cancer hits everyone - every walk in life........then it all comes full circle - you go home, you say you'll never do it again.......but you do - why, because if you didn't - you would always regret that you could have made that difference and bring that smile to someone who needs it - I started this process in 2010 - after watching such a group walk near my house - a parade of pink people - I said (very much medicated after surgery) - I'm going to do that next year......well here I am....about 14 walks down - some ask - when will you stop - well I say this year -every year.......but I don't - this is my family and as long as there are walks - and ways for me to give back.....I shall walk.
It is More than about the color "pink". I started this journey and this will be my 14th 3-day event.
Why? Because whether I like it or not, cancer continues to affect my life and yours. There is no doubt in my mind by taking the challenge to walk 3-days in 60 miles that I am making a difference. My friends know I do this, they get their mammograms, strangers see me out training, and I talk about it (alot) .... and I come to you and ask for donations.....because SGK has made a difference and is a presence in breast cancer awareness and prevention options which is why I support the 3 day walks.
I honestly believe that my participation gives me hope that the more we focus on awareness, the better prepared we are to prevent /treat it.
The 3 day walk is something that I feel very passionate about and I feel very proud to be part of. I do believe we will end breast cancer...........and that will lead to the end of other horrible cancers. The only way for me to make that impact is to do what I do..............and I have no plans of stopping until I have a reason to do so. We all have our passions and should take the time to savor them.
I do walk, train and speak out about breast cancer because of some incredible people in my life, some lost their battle to cancer......some are struggling with it..........and some, I pray never have to deal with the "C" word. I walk in their honor........because they made a difference in my life..........and I need to pay it forward in the only way that I can think of to do it.........by walking for them:
In memory of Aunt Donna, Patti, Sandi. In October 2014, I lost my best friend Sandi to cancer...... in two friends (Christa and Tammy) who I met on my 3-day journey passed away ......this has to stop. I just can t sit and do nothing. Walking is easy for me........its my therapy, its my passion, its the thing I can do to bring awareness about finding a cure for cancer. In 2018 another 3-day friend, Arlene (Nana) lost her battle. Arlene, Christa and Tammy were the epitome of strength - they never gave up. Its now 2018 and yet another co-worker has been diagnosed and another rediagnosed - the % of my friends/famiy grows each day and I become more determined to end this.
I walk for my co-workers Diana and Ann, I walk for my children, my grandaugher, my mother, my sister, my friends, and the list goes on and on..........more importantly, I walk to END breast cancer and to make sure everyone knows that there are options and treatment out there.
Not everyone can do this..........not everyone wants to do this, but I do......and will with your help. THANK YOU..........because without your support, and yes, some sacrifice and tolerance for my training, constant discussions about the 3- day. travel to the 3-day walks, and then the walk.......... I couldn't do it without you. Some people wonder why I do this, and the answer is simple, I do it because I have to.
I'd love for you to join me or if not show your support with a donation - any amount works - I'll carry your special someone with me on all my walks.