Please support me as I prepare to walk in my 7th Susan G. Komen 3-Day®. Participating in this event has been awesome, walking in the cities of Philadelphia (2016 & 2018), San Diego (2017 & 2021), Dallas (2019) and in Boston last year. This year we are going back to Dallas/Fort Worth!
This isn’t just a 60-mile walk—it’s an incredible journey and a fight to end breast cancer! There is still no cure for breast cancer, so that’s why I keep walking and raising money—to help with that fight. When I finish my walk this year, I will reach 420 miles walked and >$25,000 raised toward realizing this goal.
This event has always meant so much to my family and me, and it hit even closer to home last year, when I was diagnosed 10 days before last year’s walk in Boston. Thankfully, it was caught early and was non-aggressive, but I think I've had more doctor’s appointments and tests this last year than the whole rest of my life up until then! Thanks to early detection and treatment - and no doubt, some results of Komen research - I am doing great! As many of you know, my mom, Marilyn Maple, is a 31-year breast cancer survivor, and I plan to join those ranks. My sister, Rae Jobson, was not so lucky, though, as she lost her 2-year battle with metastatic breast cancer almost six years ago. Rae participated in this event for many years, walking in honor of our mom and raising funds for this cause in which she so fully believed. It was Rae who encouraged me to finally join her team, “Keeping Abreast,” back in 2016, and I am so blessed that I was able to walk with her for my first walk, and what was sadly her last.
I hope you’ll share this adventure with me by supporting my fundraising efforts. Komen needs you now more than ever, and I am making this plea: If this cause means even just a little to you, would you please help out with a donation. My past efforts have been blessed because you—my friends and family—have given so generously. If you would like to make a donation this year, just choose Donate Now and follow the simple instructions. Even the smallest donation helps to make a big difference, so really, any support you can give will be greatly appreciated. Your donation can help find a cure. Your donation could help a loved one survive. We are in this fight to end breast cancer together! The minimum fundraising goal is $2,300, but as in the past I am hoping to raise $4,700 in honor of my sister’s 47 years.
I walk in memory of my sister and others who have lost their battle, in honor of my mom and all survivors, in support of all those currently fighting, and with high hopes that my daughters, nieces and all women (and men) will someday not need to worry about this devastating disease.
Regardless of whether you are able to donate, please share with me the name(s) of anyone you know who has fought, is fighting or has lost this battle. I will carry their names with me as we walk in their honor, support and memory. Our mission is to continue walking to raise money to find a cure so that someday we will add no more names to the list, and so no one else has to be moved from the "In Honor of" category to "In Memory." (Sadly, I recently had to make that move for one of my friends, and it happens far too often.)
Find strength. Find purpose. Find hope. Find a cure. Together we will change the world! And we will never give up!
Thank you in advance for your generosity! I hope all of you are well, that your families are well, and that you are taking care of yourselves.