Please visit my site to follow my progress and donate to the cause! www.the3day.org/goto/k8thegreat_2010 (the 2009 version has been disabled) to view the slideshow from the walk go here.
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.
I am walking in memory of Margaret Kelly (my husband Colm's mother), Elizabeth “Lilly” Crangle (Colm's aunt) and Jackie Kelly McCann (Colm's sister) three wonderful people whose lives were cut short by Breast Cancer.
Colm and I found out this past summer that his sister Jackie was a carrier of a BRCA2 gene (she passed away in February 2008 at the age of 42). What does this mean to us? Colm has a 50% chance of also carrying this gene and if he does, the girls all have a 50% chance of carrying the gene. God forbid they do carry it, they have a 45-85% risk of breast cancer and an 11-23% risk of ovarian cancer.
Having five daughters this is extremely terrifying for us*. So much so that I decided to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day.
Walks are scheduled in several cities throughout the year. I have chosen to participate in the Washington DC walk to be held October 9-11, 2009. This gives me just under a year to train and raise the minimum donation of $2,300 to walk. I have already raised $2,200, only $800 until I reach my goal. I would appreciate your help.
*We were very fortunate to found out in October that Colm does not carry the BRCA2 gene!