My family walking the Race for the Cure in memory of my aunt
My name is Toni and I'm from Sioux City, IA. I'm a full time student majoring in psychology with a sociology and history minor. After college, I'd like to work with cancer patients and their families. I'll be graduating in May 2014 and cannot wait!
I'm participating in this 3-Day in memory of my aunt, Theresa Myres. My aunt Theresa was the big sister I never had. I was very influenced by her growing up, and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 29, it was devastating. Because she didn't have children and wasn't married, I was almost like a daughter to her. I went with her to her appointments and lived with her on my summer breaks from college. At one point, the Dr. found tumors in her brain, and I will never forget that moment crying with her in the office. When she lost her hair from chemo, I was the one that shaved it for her. Our first Komen race was in 2010, and we had a big group of "Theresa's Troops" in attendance. We also attended in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The race in May 2012 was her last. She was unable to organize everything herself, so I was the team captain. I pushed her the 5k in her wheelchair. She wore a pink wig, pink slippers, and held a pink wand. When she passed less than one month later, I was by her side holding her hand. That night, I made a promise to myself to do anything in my power to prevent others from feeling the same pain I felt. At the local 2012 race, I'll never forget a runner that came up to usand said to my aunt "You look beautiful, honey. Don't quit fighting." For me, that's what this cause is all about. It's hope to find a cure, courage to fight, and inspiring others to beat cancer and get involved.
I had an amazing opportunity to be the 'My Aunt' flagbearer for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. I traveled alone but was surprised by the amount of support I received when I arrived. From the moment I stepped out of the airport, I knew I wasn't alone. I made a ton of new friends and was so sad to say goodbye. This event is more than just walking 60 miles. It's more than raising money. It's joining together as a group, as a family, to stand up against cancer and to raise awareness to help save lives. This experience so far has been eye-opening, and validates all my hard work for fundraising for a cure. I would meet even more new friends interested in the same goal of finding a cure, and learn of new ways to help breast cancer patients. I know that my aunt would have loved to participate in this event if she would have been able, and I'd be overjoyed to take her place in this 3-Day event.
The walk is November 7-9 and is 60 miles in the 3 day span. The money raised from this goes to breast cancer research and a small amount goes to the local affiliate for medical grants for clinics. 3-Day walkers in DFW raised $3.3 million dollars to fund breast cancer research just during that one event alone. It feels amazing to be a part of that huge number.
I hope you find this cause to be worth donating, and if you do, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Please share my story and help me reach my goal to help end breast cancer forever. Thank you again!