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, May 4, 2008

Mountain Climbing

Saturday morning Chase and I got up early to hike the White Tank Mountains. We've done several hikes in the White Tanks but this was the first time we've been down Ford Canyon Trail. The full loop is long and strenuous with lots of hazards. We decided to take the trail to the abandoned dam and turn around. It is about 4.2 miles to the dam (8.4 miles for our total hike). We started at 7:30 am and finished just before noon. The first two miles were a nice, easy stroll. The last two before the dam were tough. I am starting to realize that the hiking trails in Arizona are a different level then what I was used to. Even on some trails I thought were strenuous there weren't any warning signs. When you see a warning sign you know it will be challenging. We continued anyway. There were some pretty difficult rock walls to climb and some steep trails. We finally made it to the dam and it was a total let down. The river bed was dry but we passed some pools of nasty standing water. We also saw lots and lots of lizards. It felt really good to finish such a challenging hike. We stopped for some pizza on the way home. Chase took a nap for the rest of the day and I went to work. We are planning to hike another trail next weekend.

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