Well, I did it. I registered for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure cancer walk in August. I am going to walk 60 miles in 3 days. I am going to be training for six months, and this is going to be the biggest physical challenge I have ever undertaken.
For the last year, since February 22, 2010, I have done everything with my daughter, Sarah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42.
She has three little boys, Davey (7), Derek (5) and Jackson (2).
When Sarah was diagnosed, she faced her cancer head on. She didn't take time to wonder what she should do. She did the bilateral mastectomy. She did the four rounds of chemo. She did the side effects. She did the insomnia. She is currently in her first year of taking Tamoxifen, which she will take for five years.
She did everything without blinking an eye and barely shedding a tear. You don't have time to cry. You just do what needs to be done.
She did it all for three reasons. Davey, Derek and Jackson.
I am going to walk with her in August. How could I not? I have done everything with her since her diagnosis. Not doing it is not an option.
In addition to walking 60 miles, I have a commitment to raise $2300.00. I have a start made. Thanks to some wonderful people I have reached 14% of my goal.
I need help. I need support. I need prayers. I need cheering on. I need donations.
If anyone wants to make a donation, I would really appreciate it. The money raised will go to cancer research. I know Sarah has been helped by women who walked in the past. I know women will be helped because Sarah and I are walking. There are countless women who were never given the chance to walk.
I am absolutely compelled to do something to help. I will walk one step at a time and that is all it takes to walk 60 miles.
I am including the link to my personal page on the Susan G. Komen website. Anyone can make a donation online and keep track of my fund raising goal and I will also begin to post notes about my training.
On March 5, Sarah, Dave, Davey, Derek, Jackson, Alyssa (the nanny), Joe (our friend from Ireland and also Jackson's Godfather), Tom and I will all be going on a cruise to the western Caribbean.
We will be celebrating Sarah's one year cancer free anniversary.
Below are pictures of Davey, Derek and Jackson in their fancy dress up clothes for our two dress up dinners on the ship.
I just laughed out loud at how beautiful and suave they all looked.
God has been good to us. I take none of our good fortune for granted. I have to give back. I have to do something. I can walk. One step at a time!