Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Philly 3-Day Walk

Grace, Judy, Sophie, Anna, and Kristin- still standing with smiles on our faces after 60 miles.
Last weekend I completed the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3 Day Walk for the Cure.  With my team, "Phi Mammo Grama," I walked 60 miles in 3 days through the streets of Philadelphia.  I was walking in honor of my Aunt Cindy who is being treated for breast cancer.
Grace, Maria, Judy, Kristin, Anna, and Tracy in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
The 3-Day walk is an amazing experience to say the least- physically, mentally, and emotionally.  First, it is an incredible physical challenge (especially for those of us who fell off the training wagon 2 months before the walk).  There were times that my feet hurt so much that I didn't think I could take another step and I was sick to my stomach with exhaustion.  Mentally, I didn't think I could go on and wanted to quit.  The only thing that got me through those rough miles were my fabulous teammates Judy, Kristin, Tracy, Maria, Anna, and Sophie.
Team Phi Mammo Grama- Anna, Grace, Sophie, Maria, Judy, Kristin, and Tracy

Grace, Maria, Judy, Tracy, Kristin, and Anna with "Mr. High Five," one of the faithful cheerleaders along the way.
Emotionally, the walk is very intense.  Every walker has been touched by breast cancer in some way.  As a team and as part of the 2,000+ men and women walking that weekend, there was an overall feeling that we were going to stand up and do what we could to support breast cancer research and education.  To take our mind off of the pain in our feet we sang songs and cheers- "I don't know, but I've been told... 60 miles is mighty bold...," and "if you're happy and you know it shout 3-day," even "happy birthday" to a fellow walker who was celebrating her birthday walking so that other women and men would have the chance to have more birthdays.  The flood of feelings of family, togetherness, standing up for a cause, and sorrow for those lost to this disease was overwhelming at times, but both the tears and laughter were shared mutually with the family of walkers.
At the opening ceremony, breast cancer survivors carried inspirational flags onto the stage.
Together, the Philadelphia walkers raised almost $6 Million dollars to support breast cancer research and education.  My team raised over $12,000 and my personal fundraising total was $3,120.  I am so grateful to my 50+ donors for their support.  It is absolutely touching that they stepped up to support such a fantastic cause.
Walkers wrote their goals for the 3-day and their reasons for walking
Many neighborhoods welcomed us with signs and decorations.
Lunch was a time to kick off our shoes and enjoy some of Philadelphia's beautiful parks.
We camped in a sea of pink tents in the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Walkers held up their shoes in salute as our fellow walkers who were breast cancer survivors marched into the closing ceremony.
Tent mates and adopted family members Judy and Grace after the walk.
 This is a walk that I would absolutely do again.  Let me know if anyone is interested in joining me in 2012!!

1 comment:

  1. Here are some posts I did on my blog with Breast Cancer designs in case you decide to make an album and journal about the event.

    Here is the digital Think Pink Post: http://sheryourscraps.blogspot.com/2011/09/think-pink-digital-scrapbooking.html
    and here is the traditional Think Pink Post:http://sheryourscraps.blogspot.com/2011/10/think-pink-traditional-way.html

    Congrats - I'm hosting a Crop for a Cause event this weekend myself. Sher (PMQG new member)

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