Over three days this November, I will be walking 60 miles in the Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training (By the time the walk starts, I will have logged enough miles to take me from Phoenix to my hometown of Houston!

I have committed to raising $2,200 to participate in this walk. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is follow this link to my fundraising headquarters to submit your contribution.

You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in her honor as well. Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with their name. I will create a ribbon just for them and attach it to my backpack.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. I’m taking on this challenge to do something big that will help raise awareness and help in finding a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please leave comments or email me (txaggie02@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Signing Up

I attended a "Getting Started Meeting" in east Phoenix on 3/8. This was when I signed my name on the dotted line and officially committed to participating in the 3 Day. Gina was the presenter. She was fabulous. She talked about training, fund raising, and the 3 Day experience. Then she showed a 15 minute video.

An abridged version of the video can be found on the 3 Day website (follow this link). It was very emotional and there was not a dry eye in the room. Gina asked for a few volunteers to talk about why they were walking. The first lady said she was walking because she had lost a friend to breast cancer and she knew several others who currently had the disease and were going through treatments. The next lady said she was a breast cancer survivor and just had surgery in January of this year. Every person in that room had their own story for why they were walking. Some had friends and family members who were survivors or who lost the fight. Others personally experienced the disease. There were a few who didn't know anyone personally affected by breast cancer but they wanted to make a difference. I met some great people at this meeting and I hope I will see them again at training walks or at the 3 Day in November.

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