2017 is HERE....and that means I'm getting ready to walk a LOT of miles to help FIGHT Breast Cancer. I plan to walk in the Houston walk, and am really excited that I will also be walking in San Francisco (hills!!) in July and New York City (buildings!) in October.
My goal is to raise $12,000 total these three walks in 2017. And I know this is achievable because you all have helped me to do this in the past. My first walk was Houston 2009. I followed that up with Houston and Washington, D.C. in 2011, Houston in 2013, and Houston, Washington, Boston, and Chicago in 2015! That makes a total of eight 39 mile walks in the last eight years. I love the challenge of training, the challenge of fundraising, and the energy and excitement of the walks themselves.
In February 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. I was treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX with chemo, surgery, and radiation. I am now six years cancer free! Years ago, cancer treatments were radical, brutal, and sometimes harder on people than the disease itself. Amazing progress has been made in the last several decades and, as I can happily testify, the prognosis is frequently much more positive.
This year, I will be walking in honor of two friends of mine, Frances and Kathi, who have been diagnosed with and are currently being treated for metastatic breast cancer. These women fought their initial diagnosis of breast cancer 7-10 years ago, but recently found it had reappeared in their bones. I believe that their treatments will be successful because they stayed vigilant; they listened to their bodies; they sought treatment quickly; and because they are fully engaged in the fight. I also know that this could just as easily happen to me, which is why I continue to do these walks, as we still have MUCH progress to make.
For some, cancer is still a death sentence. And, I admit, I am shaken to my core whenever I hear of a friend or coworker who loses a loved one to cancer. I dream of a day when we not only can successfully treat breast cancer; when we not only can successfully diagnose breast cancer early; but when we can actually PREVENT it from ever existing.
You can make a donation right here on my webpage by clicking the "Donate Now" button to the right. If you prefer to write a check, please contact me personally. Your donations will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The dollars you pledge may put food on the table of a breast cancer patient and her family. They may enable access to mammograms and medicine. They may be used to fuel research. They will save lives. Need any more reason to click that Donate Now button?
I’m walking with thousands of other 39ers. We’re banding together in solidarity and have one goal: to take breast cancer down. So many sisters and mothers and friends have been lost. We see a world without breast cancer for our mothers, our sisters, our daughters and our nieces. AVON 39 is a force of change that can’t be stopped. By supporting me with a donation, you’re part of it.
Bonnie Rippere Jones