In a year's time the Pink Bragade will be treading through the streets of our nation's capital as we walk for the sixth time to help raise funds for the Avon Foundation.
We'll be taking in the monuments and hopefully feeling pretty proud of ourselves for raising thousands of dollars for the cause.
Since our walk in San Francisco in July, 2016, we've kept up with our training by finding great walking and hiking paths throughout Southern California. We will be ready to walk no doubt.
This year we are standing by as we watch one of our Pink Bragade family in his fight against brain cancer. We hope that our efforts to raise money for this cause, will somehow also hasten the cure for all cancers.
So this year, we are walking for the friends we have lost, those who have survived and those who fight on.
Please join us with your financial and moral support. We can use every bit of it to fight this beast.
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Missing My Friend
I recently attended the HOBY Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards where Angela Wood Cutbill was honored as an outstanding alumni of the organization. Angela and I met in 1979 when I volunteered as a counselor and judge at the first Kansas State Seminar for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY). There I met Teresa Larson, a fellow judge, and from that time we became really good friends, keeping touch across the miles and across the years. Teresa passed away from a re-occurrence of breast cancer in 2013. Angela got in touch with me - after nearly 30 years because she wanted to reach out to both Teresa and I for having faith in her so many years ago. I was sad to share the news of Teresa's passing. At the dinner, as I sat with Angela, we reminisced about our friend Teresa and what a good person she was. She was missed that night especially - she was in our thoughts throughout. For this simple story of a loved one lost, I know there are so many others. I hope to one day know that I've contributed to putting a stop to this disease that leaves a hole in the hearts of so many.
by Carol Van Ahlers on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 3:27 PM
I had a conversation with a friend of mine from childhood who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her 30s. Then her daughter, was diagnosed at the age of 28. Her daughter now has a lovely 3 year old thanks to the technology that allows for freezing eggs before chemo treatment. Even more significant, is that these eggs can be genetically tested prior to implanting. Additionally, all embryos can be tested for the gene. We may not have a cure, but progress is being made.
by Carol Van Ahlers on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 3:18 PM
A Big Thanks is due to my first Donors!
So thankful to those on my donor list who have once again supported me in the beginning of my fundraising efforts. These folks have been there every year! I also want to thank my Mom, Barbara Johnson. Each Avon39 walk she generously supports all three of her daughters - which adds up. I know each of my donors have a special reason that this cause is important to them. I'll honor their donation, by making sure I'm able to complete the walk and set funding goals that make me work harder than the last time.
by Carol Van Ahlers on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 2:50 PM
Here I Go Again
It's always hard to start a fundraising effort, whatever the cause. Thanks for continually supporting my efforts and putting up with all the asking! But I've just got to jump in and do it...so here I go again. :)
I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then I realized, I am somebody. ~Author Unknown
by Carol Van Ahlers on Thu, Jun 01, 2017 @ 12:47 PM