Valeria Herrington was a wife, mother to two, teacher, daughter and freind. She was also proudly my Aunt. She had a forever present smile that lit up the room. She gave the kind of hug you remembered days after you had left it. I used to love spending the night at her house having long talks with her about everything. It was just in her nature to teach you everything she knew about life and to help you be what proper young ladies should be. But the one thing we never talked about was Breast Cancer.When my Aunt Valeria was diagnosed with late stage Breast Cancer I was completely shocked I didn't know much about it, but I thought there was no way I could see a future without her so she had to beat it! I knew that behind that ever present gentle smile was a faith driven force to be reckoned with. So you could imagine the heartache I felt preparing myself for what was to be the end to the long, hard but very brave battle she was faced to fight. In August 19,2001 she quietly lost her battle with Breast Cancer. As devestated as I was I take comfort in seeing her smile and her loving spirit in her daughter and the many nights we spend sharing our stories about her. But I also take comfort in knowing that one day I will once again be able to see her and hug her and share all those memories she missed, as God has promised this and I patiently wait for that time to come. but until then.....
Looking for a way to honor My Aunt Valarie's memory and show my support for other family members and friends affected by Breast Cancer I joined Remember Betty. A site formed by NKOTB member Danny Wood to honor his mother, Elizabeth Wood, who lost her battle with Breast Cancer in 1999. I met survivors, co survivors, family members of survivors and women who had like Danny and I lost a mother, friend, or family member to Breast Cancer and each person was determined and dedicated to spreading the word that early detection and effective treatment is the key to improving chances of surviving Breast Cancer.
Walking my first 3day I am opening myself up to a whole new life changing journey. A permanent imprint on my heart that for 3 days I took the love and memories that I had for my Aunt and carried them 60 miles. A memory that I can share with her two children as well as with my own. So they never forget the beautiful person she was and the many lives she touched. So they never forget the thousands of women each year that are still battling agianst Breast Cancer. A battle that many women are winning. To remind them that there is still work that needs to be done to educate men and women about Breast Cancer and early detection and how it can save lives!
So Please take a few moments to support me in my 3day journey by donating Today! Your Donation could save a life!!