Those of you who know me, know that I'm a survivor. And if you know me, you also know that I am UNSTOPPABLE when it comes to things that I am passionate about. Let me tell you a little story. Last year, I didn't think I would be able to devote enough time or energy to train for the 39.3 mile Avon Walk weekend. I had signed up the year prior, but then decided that it's best to sit it out a year. But I couldn't just stay home. So I decided that I was going to work the weekend on the Crew. And I did. My husband was very happy with my decision. I have knee issues, and he doesn't like to see me hurting. We felt crewing would be a good fit. But something happened inside me that weekend. As I was serving meals to the 2,000+ walkers - young and old, weak and strong, bandaged and blistered, aching and smiling - I decided that I missed it. I missed that feeling of throwing myself out there....getting out of my comfort zone...and that self-declaration of "In Your Face Cancer!"
And so that very weekend, I signed up for 2017 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This will be my 12th year participating. I'll be walking for all those who are struggling with breast cancer (and any type of cancer) right now...those whose futures are uncertain because of this disease. I'm walking for the families who support them. I'm walking for the precious mom's lost to breast cancer. I'm walking for my dearest friend Laura who is fiercely battling lymphoma. And for my friend Tami who has been battling for a few years now. For those for whome I've been asked to pray...for Adrienne and Mardig. And I'm walking in celebration too. I'm celebrating the survival of my brother, my friends Carolyn and Johnny. Thank God the list of survivors is growing as well. And I walk for myself too! This year, I am a 6 year survivor! I am walking in celebration, in memory of, and in honor of friends and family....I am walking In Her Shoes...with faith and hope, love, compassion and empathy. I am a SURVIVOR. And with that title comes the responsibility to raise awareness for this disease and help to alleviate some of the suffering of my sisters and brothers. I AM WALKING BECAUSE I STILL CAN!
I'm participating with thousands of others this year. Each of us has committed to raising a minimum of $1,800 to participate. Piece of cake. That means 18 people donating $100 and I'm there! Or wait...36 people donating $50. Or 1800 people donating $1. No seriously, I'm saying this because any amount you give is truly appreciated. Truly! Will you please consider partnering with me? They even have a way to have your donation spread out over 3 month's time....a little taken out each month.
Let's do this! We have all been touched by cancer. A family member, a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a friend. Please donate by clicking on that "donate now" button. And as in years past, send me the name of your loved one and I will carry their name with me every step of the way to an amazing VICTORY when I cross that finish line.
We are all angels with one wing. Together, holding on to each other, WE CAN FLY!
Love and Wellness,
Anush Movsesian Avejic
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