I was online this morning and noticed how many incredibly wonderful charities are out there. I truly wish I had unlimited funds to contribute to all of the ones that touch my heart. For now I will concentrate one one - Susan G Komen. Why did I chose this charity this year (besides the obvious)? My dear friend Todd has been involved in this charity for several years and has both walked the 60 miles and crewed the "rest stops" along the way. He encouraged me to do the walk a couple of years ago and even though I had good intentions of doing it other things got in the way. I thought it would be too much work to organize child care and travel and subs for my classes etc... How ridiculous. He was almost brought to tears as he described the experience, the love, the stories he heard - and yet I still didn't go. I was also worried about raising the $2300 needed to participate. How could little ol' me raise that much money? Well, here I am 2 years later kicking myself. Better late than never?
I am not walking for me. I am walking in honor of my Mother who I think would have survived if she was given the options for treatment we have today. I am walking for my sisters in hope that more options are available if they are faced with breast cancer. I am walking for my daughter who I hope will never see breast cancer because it will be cured by the time she would be old enough to get it.
I am walking for the millions of women around the world who are faced with this every day. I am walking for their spouses, their children, their parents and their friends. These people are hurt, confused, frustrated and scared just as much as the women going through it. Isn't that almost everyone? Is there someone out there who hasn't been touched by breast cancer?
I am not walking for the experience - I have had the experience of a lifetime. I am walking for the cure.
I am almost half way there. Thank you to those of you who have donated. There is still plenty of time to donate if you feel the call - a little goes a long way. Together we can make a difference and beat this thing once and for all.