Yes, I am putting on my sneakers again and walking in my 6th 60-mile Breast Cancer 3-Day walk. This time in New England. The 3-Day is an experience full of truly unforgettable moments. There will be hours of training walks where I walk hundreds of miles in preparation.
I am very excited to announce for the second year for the first time I raised more then $5000. Your donation - your gift will help save lives. I have now raised $20,073.75 over the last 10 years to help find a cure. I have again increased my fundraising goal and will continue to fundraise. I will walk 60 miles in 3 days with the hope one goal will be reached - there will be an end to breast cancer. The challenge has always been asking for your continued support. The more funds that are raised, the sooner we can end this fight. So, I ask all who have said the words "I would like to help!", please make a donation to this worthwhile cause. The money we raise funds breast cancer research, education, and community outreach programs.The 3-Day walk takes commitment. I am committed to the preparation. The recommended training is over 550 miles. As of July 4, I have logged over 441 miles. Walking the 60 miles has always been the easiest part for me. I have raised my goal to $6000, but more is always better whe you are raising money for a good cause. I understand these are difficult economic times; however, the consequences of cancer continues despite the slowing economy.
Everyone who participates has their own reasons why they walk. I proudly display my life's motto on my license plate - "LFS2LV". I walk to celebrate life for myself, almost a 15 year survivor diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a very small lump on my own. I walk to support my aunt who is also a survivor, and several friends who have also fought the breast cancer battle...I walk for my daughter, my granddaughters, my mother, my sisters, and all of my relatives, my high school, college, and current friends including those I teach with and the parents of all of my students in hopes that these people and others will never be affected by breast cancer. I walk because I can...I walk because I cannot walk away from finding a cure... I walk because everyone deserves a lifetime.
Early detection is key. My story started over 27 years ago . . . At thirty-two, I found my first lump. I had unbelievable anxiety knowing I had two young children. Upon removal, it was found to be benign. A year later, the anxiety was even worse. I discovered another lump next to the location of the first. It shouldn't have been so big being so close and undiscovered by the surgeon. To my relief, again no cancer. My surgeon encouraged me to continue my self exams - "you never know benign or malignant." Twelve years after discovering my first lump, I found the lump that would link me to this cause. When the doctor told me I had cancer, my heart ached for my family. I worried about my children's future. I continue to do my exams and I continue to worry (I am a worrier) about the future of my children, and now grandchildren. The affects are not just with my direct family, but I also have three sisters, their children and grand children. As the family branches out, so do friends who have had breast cancer and their families. Everybody knows someone who has been affected. Please make a donation. Encourage others to make a donation. Every dollar raised helps.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to support my fundraising efforts as I take another amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! In New England, I will be joined by my sister, Beth, and our team, Team Las Bombas who has raised over three quarters of a million dollars for this cause.
This year, I have set my goal higher. Help me meet my goal. This disease touches so many lives. Let's put a stop to it. . . for you, your family, and friends. Together we will make a difference.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!