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.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Did It!!!

I completed the Arizona 3 Day Nov. 16. Then I took two weeks off to recover. lol! It didn't actually take me that long to recover but I took some vacation time after the 3 Day to visit my family in Texas. Some people were pretty beat up after 60 miles. Luckily I fared well. I only had a few small blisters and a slightly sore ankle. Through training I built up some calluses so I didn't even feel the blisters. The ankle pain went away 2 days after the walk. All the pain, training, and fundraising was well worth it. It was an AWESOME experience! Words could never give it justice. It is something that one must experience personally to understand. The community support was wonderful. There were so many people along the route cheering us on. I laughed, I cried, I danced (yes, I even danced Saturday night after walking 40 miles during the dance party), and I cheered. It was an emotional roller coaster all weekend. Friday started out very early. We left at 5:00 am and drove to Gilbert for the opening ceremony. The ceremony was inspiring. Then we started Day 1 of the route. The route this year was nice. There was fantastic scenery all along the way. We walked through Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Awatukee, Tempe, Guadalupe, and Scottsdale. We ended the Day 1 route at camp in Tempe. Day 2 we walked though lots of hills in Awatukee and came back to camp in Tempe. Day 3 we walked through Tempe, ASU campus, Papago Park, Old Town Scottsdale, and we ended at Scottsdale Stadium. My wonderful hubby met me at the finish line. Closing ceremony was phenomenal. Through this walk we raised over $5 million dollars to support breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Thank you for supporting me so I could take part in this amazing event!

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