Join me in the fight against breast cancer.
Ten years ago, to celebrate the year I turned 30, I decided to take on the enormous task of walking 60 miles in the fight against breast cancer. I walked in remebrance of my mom, Gayle, who lost her 2 year battle with breast cancer in 1997 at the age of 51. I walked in rembrance of my grandma, Elvina, and of Chad's aunt, Phyllis, who both also lost their lives due to this disease. I walked in celebration of my aunt, Jurene (my mom's only sister), my great aunt, Jeanette (my grandma's only sister), and my mother in law, Mary, who are all breast cancer survivors. I walked in hope for a cure that could one day save my own life, or that of my daughter, Abigayle.
That first walk, in 2005, was an incredible experience, and one that has proven to be addicting! Since then, I have only missed participating in the 3 Day one time. That was 2007 when my second daughter, Claire, yet another reason to walk, was born. Over the years I have walked a total of 5 times, and crewed (or worked at) the event 4 times. The past three years have been on the crew where I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on the walkers at a pit stop along the route while making sure they stayed hydrated, well fed, encouraged, and even entertained. I dawned disco gear in 2008, western wear in 2012, supported Minnesota hockey while crewing in San Francisco in 2013, and even sported a coconut bra at a Hawaiian luau in 2014. (Pit stop crews like to pick themes!)
For my tenth 3 Day, and to celebrate my 40th birthday, I have decided to once again hit the trails. I am going to walk the entire 60 miles again this year. I am going to train. I am going to raise the $2300 required for me to walk this August. I am going to fight through the blisters, sore muscles, shin spints and toenails that will threaten to fall off. I am going to walk 60 miles once again because it is the best way I can find to personally contribute to the fight to end this horrible disease.
So I have decided. I am going to do the easy part. I am going to walk. I am asking you to do the important part. I am asking you to donate the money that will fund the research to find the cure so that my daughters, and yours, will not need to write a plea like this one on their 30th or 40th birthdays. Simply click on the "donate now" button on the top right, or print a donation form by clicking the link below!
Thank you for your support,
Love and prayers,