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As you may know from reading previous posts, I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure the past 3 years (Washington DC 2009, San Diego 2010, Philadelphia 2011). The 3-Day is an adventure beyond description. I always meet amazing friends, see many wonderful sites and discover that when I put my mind to something I can accomplish it, no matter what.

During closing ceremonies, the walkers who are breast cancer survivors walk onto the platform. And even though everyone is sore and exhausted and really rather not bend down to untie their laces, everyone takes off a sweaty shoe, holding it over their head as a toast. Doing this shows the survivors that the group walked these 60 miles for them. And they walked so that some day there will be a world without breast cancer.

I remember my first walk vividly… Washington DC. I didn't train as much as I should and it showed! I wasn't able to complete the entire 60 miles because of a pinched nerve in my foot, I walked nearly 21 miles on Friday, 10 miles on Saturday and the full 18 miles on Sunday. The last two miles I kept the mantra “Margaret, Jackie, Lilly” (my husband's mother, sister and aunt, all died/suffered from breast cancer) going through my head with each step to keep me going. But when we entered Closing Ceremonies I forgot all about the blisters on my toes, my unbelievably sore feet and felt powerful feelings of relief, sadness and elation; relief that the hard part was over, sadness that the walk had come to the end and elation that I accomplished something most people wouldn't even attempt to do. “You are walking 60 miles in 3 days?!? You’re crazy!”

In 2012 we had some family issues come up and I was unable to walk. But once again, I'm doing it again! I signed up for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure held in Atlanta, October 18-20, 2013. I am walking with my team “Walks of Life” if anyone else out there would like to join us. This event isn't easy, but I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't believe 100% that it was worth every muscle ache and injury (tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, pinched nerve, oodles of blisters), weary nights in a little pink tent (too hot, high “are we going to wake up in Oz?” winds, pouring rain and way too cold—all over a two-night span!) and other interesting experiences that would be considered TMI to share here!

Yes, that says Mobile Shower. Not my first choice, but after a long day of walking it was heaven!

Okay now to the hard part. I need your help. I am $1,300 shy of the mandatory $2,300 minimum and would greatly appreciate a donation. Any amount will make a difference!

Just go to this link to visit my personal fundraising Web page and make a donation.

If you have any questions or want to hear more about what I'm doing, send me a message. I love talking about the event.

Thanks for all of your support. I'm incredibly lucky to have people like you in my life!