Everything below still applies, and is why I started doing the 3Day, but the past year has given me another big reason to walk: to honor my late Aunt Patty. Patty was diagnosed with breast cancer in early spring of 2020...again. She’d beaten it 15 years prior, and was thriving until this diagnosis. That was quickly followed by a mastectomy, and multiple rounds of chemo. They got all the cancer, and the chemo was supposed to help lower the chances of it coming back. She was a warrior through it all, keeping a positive attitude, and still making everyone laugh. And we thought she’d come through it. Aside from being tired, Auntie Patty seemed to be doing great. She was back at work with us at Lyon, and was ready to kick 2021’s butt. Then she passed away unexpectedly on Valentine’s Day. We don’t know if everything she went though last year had a direct effect on her passing, but it couldn’t have helped. We’ve lost a vibrant, loving, inspiring, independent, stubborn, generous, kind, and funny woman, and I feel that loss every day. She was always a huge supporter of my Komen walks, and was always one of my first donors. So I dedicate this 3-Day walk to her, to my Auntie Patty.
This November I am participating in my 4th Susan G Komen 3 Day, walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days. My team, Hands Up for Hooters, is in their 6th year, and this will be the year that we break the $1Million mark in overall funds raised for the Komen foundation!
I did my first 3 Day in 2015, when the team was formed, and used it as a way to challenge and motivate myself. Could somebody who used to struggle to walk around the block REALLY manage to walk multiple miles at a time, especially this many?? Turns out, the answer was yes! I’m back for my 4th walk because I have seen firsthand what a difference Komen makes in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. The stories I’ve heard on the walks from survivors, people actively fighting, and those who’ve had family members and friends affected by breast cancer...they’re amazing, uplifting, and sometimes heartbreaking.
I walk because I can, and because I want to contribute to helping others in any way I can. I hope you’ll support me in my efforts, with a tax deductible donation. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and hopefully donate or share with others!