Racing for the Cure this weekend!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I had read the statistics – 1 in 8 women will be stricken with breast cancer during their lifetime - but, it seemed a bit high to me. I didn’t know anyone with breast cancer.
That would change in 2004 when my mother was diagnosed. After surgery and radiation therapy, Mom was back to normal. The next year, the floodgates opened – I learned that my neighbor, a new friend, my childhood Sunday school teacher, and a choir member from my old church had cancer. Two of my sisters and a friend had lumps checked. Also in 2005, one of my closest friends was diagnosed. She came through the surgery and chemo and had started back to work. That year, I walked my first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in support of these women.
In 2006, my friend’s cancer returned and she lost her battle in May. That year I again participated in the walk. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have walked to raise money for cancer research each year since.
This weekend I will again participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – but this I will run the 5K (or at least attempt to!).
Any prayers, crossed fingers, and well-wishes are appreciated!