I am so incredibly proud of my 3-day relationship. People often ask me – why? It is hard to explain why anyone would walk to walk 60 miles over 3 days…..its even harder to explain why you would spend every weekend for 24 weeks walking. It doesn’t start on the day of the “race”. Walkers start "training" about 24 weeks in advance of the walk - often leaving our families to figure out their day. As the walks get closer, we go on long walks – strolls in the park so to speak, sometimes up to 18 miles a day.
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. You'll find generally conservative women - coloring their hair pink.........painting their nails and toenails, and finding that perfect outfit - feathers, boas, and of course the Tutus. It is a time to let that little girl out and enjoy the moment
Then it all comes full circle – I go home and I say that was the last one. But it’s not. I started walking in 2010, after watching such a group walk near my house - a parade of pink people. I decided I was going to do that next year and here I am 14 walks down.
Why? Because whether I like it or not, cancer continues to affect my life. There is no doubt in my mind by taking the challenge to walk 3-days in 60 miles that I am making a difference. 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.
I 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.
I’m often asked if I am a survivor, my answer is simple, I am a supporter of my friends, family and others who have survived cancer. I want to be a symbol of hope and kindness. I want to make a difference, that’s my legacy.
I walk in memory of my Aunt Donna, my coworker Patti and my best friend, Sandi.
I walk for my coworkers, Ann and Diana who are survivors.
I walk for Adrienne so she may never have to experience such pain/suffering.
I walk for my family, my friends. and I walk for me.
Not everyone can do this..........not everyone wants to do this, but I do......and will with your help. 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.