The American Cancer Society predicts there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women in 2017 and approximately 40,610 women will also die from breast cancer this year. That is why I walk. I have walked the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile Breast Cancer event nine times and I was among the top fundraising team in Philadelphia two times. 540 miles in total, because I believe strongly in education, awareness, the finding of a cure and the fundraising efforts for breast cancer.
“In 2016, Susan G. Komen® announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.” If you would like to learn more and possibly help, I urge you to visit: www.the3day.org/
A few years ago I walked with Nancy Hornback, Program Host/QVC. We spent an amazing weekend together, walking 60 miles over 3 days. We walked ALL over Philadelphia, through beautiful neighborhoods where school children came out to cheer us on, to the historical sights of downtown, and ending at the majestic Navy Yard. The official cheering stations, as well as the countless signs and decorations on private homes and businesses, often brought tears to our eyes.
We met so many wonderful people along the way. We met Jim from San Jose who walked the Susan G. Komen over 30 times. Jim told us he walks for his mother. We met another gentleman who calls himself the ‘Pink Fireman’. He followed the course in his custom-painted truck that is dedicated to fighting breast cancer in honor of his three sisters.
There were many moving stories, and we met so many brave and passionate women along the way. Yes, 60 miles is a long and painful walk, especially during the 10 miles it down poured. But a few blisters are nothing compared to the battle so many face against this awful disease.
Early screening is imperative, so I implore you to do your due diligence and get an annual mammogram. It’s not pleasant, but it is a must.
With love and health,