2017 is coming....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 currently evaluating walking in San Francisco (hills!!) and New York City (buildings!)
My 2017 goal is to raise $10,000 total for all of the walks that I do. 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 Chicao 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.
Yet, 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. There, but for the grace of God, go I. So, we still have MUCH progress to make. 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