Monday, October 6, 2008

Walking for a Cure

The kids and I are participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Saturday. I'm excited, but a little disappointed in myself because I haven't really put the effort into the pre-walk activity that I should have/planned to. I haven't raised much money. I haven't done iron-ons for t-shirts so that the people I'm walking with have matching shirts of some sort. I know I can always do better next year, but since this is my first year doing this particular walk I was hoping to be more prepared than I am.

On a positive note, my mom and dad are going to be walking with me and the kids. I have a couple of other friends who are (hopefully still) planning to walk with us. It takes place at the beach in Jacksonville, and we have to be there at 8-something in the morning because the walk kicks off at 9. It's less than 3 miles, definitely not a marathon, and I can walk the whole running for me.

I am fortunate that I have not had anyone in my family go through the horrors of breast cancer, but the future is never certain. Some very good friends of ours are dealing with this in their family at the moment, and the lady who was diagnosed recently had a double-mastectomy performed. Their whole family has really been an awesome testament to the power of hope, and it's given me so much purpose in what this walk will represent.

We also are already planning to be involved with the St. Augustine Relay For Life again in May of 2009. Steve and I are hoping to spend the entire 18 hours at the track again, something we haven't done since the Relay right after the kids were born and my parents kept them at their house for us. For more information about the American Cancer Society and all of the services and programs they offer, visit!

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