July 31st was eleven years without my sister, Kathi. Some days it feels like it was 100 years ago, and other days it feels like yesterday. I made her a few promises before she left...one of them was to keep raising money and awareness until there is an end to this horrible disease.
I've kept that promise. Since 2012, y'all have helped me raise over $250,000!!
That is something to be so proud of! In 2019, I was given the Komen Milestone Award. I know my sister is smiling somewhere at the work we've done and continue to do. She's also probably laughing since I was NOT the person who wanted to walk or ask for donations, ever! But when you make your sissy a promise, especially if she's anything like mine was...you keep your promise.
I have personally benefited from others raising money for the Komen organization. When I lost my health insurance a few years ago, it was my local Komen chapter who made sure I had mammograms taken care of to ensure my health.
I am not one who likes to share personal information but this is a disease that needs people to stand up and talk. Before my sister was diagnosed, I had two surgeries removing lumps. As recently as 2021, I had another large area removed that held two more lumps. GET CHECKED. Make this a priority!
As for the infamous 3-day 60-mile walk! I will be taking that journey in Texas October 27-29th!
Breast cancer can be eradicated from our lives. I believe that with all my heart. My sister lost her battle to triple negative breast cancer. We had never even heard of it when they gave her the diagnosis. There is so much research that is being done, but so much more that needs to be…so that no one has to say goodbye to their sister, their mother, their friend…or even their dad. I thank you SO MUCH in advance for helping me in my war against breast cancer and in keeping my promise to my sissy alive.
Much love and gratitude,