Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer. Let that sink in for a moment, as I'm sure that you know a handful of women who have had to battle this disease.
In 1992, my mother was diagnosed with late stage 2 breast cancer. My father was told that with current treatments, she had a 20% chance to live five years. My mother didn't want to know the odds, because whatever they were, she was determined to beat them. Through her faith, strong spirit, and my father's research they were able to find a clinical trial taking place at Georgetown Hospital that was working on a treatment plan which would allow for increased amounts of chemotherapy drugs to be administered. What was found during that trial, is still used in practice today and it saved my mother's life.
For over 20 years, my mother had remission. Then, in 2017 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The cancer had moved to her spine and she needed to undergo surgery, and start "21st century chemo drugs" to begin her fight. This time, the fight will be continued indefinitely.
I've walked in a handful of 3-Day events: Boston, DC, San Diego, and Dallas. I then was a crew member in Boston for 2 years until they moved the event out of New England. The year I walked in San Diego, 2010, it absolutely downpoured on us for two of the three days, and I always felt like I needed a do-over. This year is a special year because not only are they bringing the 3-day back to New England (where I'm going to be a crew member), I'm getting my 2nd shot at San Diego! Right now, I'm registered as a crew member in both locations, but I'd love to upgrade to a walker in San Diego and get my re-do! I've pledged to raise a minimum of $750 as a crew member in San Diego, but if I can hit at least $2,300, I'll change my registration from crew to walker status.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. Komen has a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m a crew member (hoping to walk!) and raising money—to make that goal a reality. So women like my mother, aunt, friends, and your family members can have a far lower chance of having to deal with this horrible disease.