My first Avon Walk was in 2012 in Santa Barbara. I'm looking forward to going back again in 2017 with my team - Sugar's Trekkers for Ta-Tas!
The walk is important to me for several reasons. My Mom battled breast cancer twice as well as ovarian cancer. In addition to walking in her memory, I walk in memory of my Aunt Bernadine, great Aunt Grace, and my cousin Linda. I walk in honor of Survivors - my cousin Patti, my cousins-in-law Konnie, and Kris, and friends Lisa, Angela, and Kimberly.
I also walk as a BRCA2+ Previvor. After getting that diagnosis in 2014, I underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction in February of 2014. I am thankful that after years of putting it off, I had genetic testing done.
Our team also walks to bring awareness that pets get breast cancer too. Sugar, our mascot, lost her fight against breast cancer. We walk in memory of Sugar and many other cats and dogs who have passed away from breast cancer. You'll find our team handing out information during the walk on how you can check your pets on a monthly basis - just like you check yourself for lumps and bumps.
I wouldn't be able to participate if it wasn't for the support each year from my wonderful friends. I am so appreciative for their help in raising the $1,800 I need in order to participate.
My husband is also my greatest cheerleader as my walk coach. He motivates and encourages me to keep on track with my training.
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, click the “Donate By Mail” button and follow the instructions on the form.
Your donations will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The dollars you pledge will put food on the table of a breast cancer patient and her family. They will enable access to mammograms and medicine, fuel research, and save lives.
I’m walking with thousands of other 39ers. We 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 women and men. AVON 39 is a force of change that can’t be stopped. By supporting me with a donation, you’re part of it.