Friday, September 28, 2007

Susan G. Komen's 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Keep this in mind while reading:: Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, every 13 minutes a woman will die from Breast Cancer. In 2007, 200,000 women as well as men were diagnosed and 40,000 lost the battle.

This summer, I had the opportunity to witness one of the most powerful events I have ever attended, the 3-day walk for Breast Cancer in the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, I did not participate in the walk, but my idol and role model did, my mother. After being cancer-free for 13 years, she decided this was her chance to give back to her community of supporters. The event takes place in 12 cities across the country (today, September 28th, marks the beginning for the walkers in Michigan) and touches peoples lives along the way. Over a 3-day period, at 20 miles a day, 60 miles are mapped out and ready to be walked . This commitment includes training and raising money. In order to participate in the walk, you must agree to raise at least $2,200. This may seem like a lot but there is still a lot that needs to be done in the fight against breast cancer. According to the 3-Day website, in the 2006 walk, $86 million were raised through donations, sponsorship and contributions. Not only is this event physically challenging in every way, but the emotional challenge is just as difficult. The walk includes those who are currently battling cancer, those who won their battle, and those who want to support the fighters. Although women were the majority, there were also men walking in support of those battling this disease! The walkers are encouraged to form teams as a way to support one another. This is extremely inspirational, not only are they helping a good cause but they are forming bonds with people that they will never forget. There are also what is called "Cheer stations". These are designated areas where the walkers families and friends can gather to cheer them on while they continue their triumphant walks. It's incredible to see their faces, all with smiles, because they know what their doing is bring inspiration to everyone around them.
The walk gives support to those with cancer, hope for the cancer survivors and inspiration for the supporters.

I think this opportunity is something everyone should strive to accomplish at some point in their lives. Next summer I hope to walk, if not for me, then for my mother.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that there are walks for breast cancer all over the world! I participate in one every year and I encourage every girl or boy to do so.

piglet said...

that is wonderful! it sounds like fun! i would love to walk in something like that! a 5th grade teacher at my school had breast cancer. thanks 4 your article on breast cancer! it somthing that people need to have knowledge about.

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