Yes, I am putting on my sneakers again. I will be walking one day, 20 miles, during my seventh 60-mile Breast Cancer 3-Day walk. I will be back in San Diego November 2021 to walk on Sunday of the 3-Day event to support my older sister’s commitment to this cause. She first supported my commitment during these walks financially. In 2021, she will be walking in her fourth 3-Day event. The 3-Day is an experience full of truly unforgettable moments.
I am very excited to announce I have raised more than $20,000 for this great cause. 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. There will be many miles walked in preparation. The walking has always been the easiest part for me. Although I am only walking 20 miles, my goal again is $5000 or more. I understand these are difficult economic times; however, the consequences of cancer has continues.
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 16-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. I walk 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 28 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 should not 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 grandchildren. As the family branches out, so do friends who have had breast cancer. 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 San Diego, my sister, Beth, along with many committed individuals who support this cause, will join me.
For 2021, I have set my goal high, $5000. Help me meet my goal again. 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!