Life, Hope, and Walking

The Kelly Girls 2013I walk for my future granddaughters so that they may wear pink ribbons in their hair, and not on their shirts.

Did you know… in the United States one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes (I say person because men develop breast cancer too!). And 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Those are some pretty startling statistics.

No one should ever have to face this disease, so in order to create a future without breast cancer, Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.

For me, the breast cancer movement started with the death of my sister-in-law a few years ago. She had a very long and intense battle, and ultimately breast cancer won. One of my five daughters asked me to explain what happened to her Aunt Jackie and I was at a loss for words. How do you explain something like cancer to a 4 year old? I simply said that Jackie was in heaven with Gramma Kelly and Aunt Lilly, two other family members that died from breast cancer. And then she asked why this happened to our family. In that moment I decided I needed to do something meaningful. That is why I walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has invested nearly $2 billion in its mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Susan G. Komen reaches millions of people every year with life-saving breast health information.

Oops, I did it again!

This year I registered for my 4th walk, this time in Atlanta (want to see a slideshow from my very first walk in DC? visit here http://portal.sliderocket.com/AEVDR/3-Days-of-Walking). If you can find it in your heart to donate to my walk, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you so much for your support!

Why I Walk

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. And I am walking for my five daughters in hopes that a cure will be found very soon.

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 (high “are we going to wake up in Oz?” winds, pouring rain and way too cold) and other interesting experiences that would be considered TMI to share here!

I intend to do this every year until we find a cure for this terrible disease. Let’s hope it’s soon! Again, thanks for your support of my “4th Annual” Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure adventure. I’m incredibly lucky to have people like you in my life!

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