In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every week we are highlighting a person or in this case an event that has had tremendous impact on the fight against Breast Caner. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is this week’s WARRIOR for their continued efforts to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer, to educate women on mammograms and even help get them mammograms, and help those impacted by the disease. This past weekend, my children’s school playground was transformed into something magical!
Yes, a rest stop was indeed magical to approximately three thousand participants in the NYC 2-day AvonWalk event! The 2-day event has about 800 volunteers, if not more, and many of them showed up at the crack of dawn to make sure the playground was set up to welcome the walkers during the second leg of their trek around NYC. They had tents, port-o-potties, music, snacks, and all around support for the participants who had done their part to raise money so they could take part in this great fundraiser. It reminded me of when I did it almost 12 years ago (one of the first) when it was a three-day walk that was 60 miles! I’ll never forget it, not just because it was an incredible experience, but it was also when I found out I was pregnant with my second kid, which made the nausea and overheating worth it! Enough about me though, let’s talk about the people!
I was walking my pup (that’s his leash in the shot but he wouldn’t sit still long enough) and came across this incredible five-some. Two sets of sisters and a gentleman who have been participating annually in the Avon Walk for at least ten years, and one set of sisters, 12! They met on the walk and have become forever friends as a result. One of them is a ten year survivor!
In a bizarre twist, I also met Penny, who I didn’t get a picture of because she was non-stop running around! Penny, is connected to one of our WARRIORS, Marshall Moneymaker of For 3 Sisters! Marshall lost his sister, whose name was Penny, to breast cancer and when he came across a sign for the “Penny Loafers” at an AVON walk, he knew he wanted to get involved. I met that Penny, of the “Loafers”! It was very cool and very touching how this disease brings so many people together while it threatens to pull families and friends apart. Thanks to AVON, this week’s WARRIOR, for doing their part. Approximately 6.7 million dollars was raised in New York City alone and there are walks set up across the country, maybe even one near you!
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