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, September 21, 2008

Week 9 Update

I did really well with the long walks this week but I skipped a few of the short ones for D-Backs games. Saturday I led a 15 mile training walk. I had a great turn out with 10 people. I really enjoyed the route and I think it had plenty of pit stops. We made good time too because we had to be at Foot Solutions for a nutrition clinic at 10:30 and we got there right on time. I felt really good after the walk but two hours later I didn't feel too good and ended up tossing some cookies and other niblets but I won't go into details because that is probably TMI. The cause might have been slight dehydration. I need to better monitor my liquids on long walks. I also had a really bad pain in my hip.

Lisa led today's walk. It was a 10.5 mile walk. I almost didn't go because my hip was still hurting. I decided to push myself anyway. After the first 5 mile loop my hip was hurting even more. Being the stubborn person that I am I didn't give up. Half of our 8 person training group left after 5 miles but I kept going for the last 5. I finished the walk and amazingly my hip felt a lot better in the end.

Things are picking up on the fundraising front. I finished the Pampered Chef fundraiser and I should be able to add $120 to my website as soon as the check arrives. Melissa and I are having a bunco party next weekend and hopefully that will help me meet my $2200 goal. We have lots of great prizes for bunco including a $120 tanning salon gift card, personal training sessions valued at $110, handmade artworks with values between $10 and $100+, lots of restaurant gift certificates, and many more prizes. In total we will be giving out over $1000 in prizes. It should be lots of fun!

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