Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wrapping up the last leg of the 3 Day

It's finally here... the last leg of the 60 mile walk!

Cloud cover greeted us first thing in the morning and lingered long enough to get us through the mid morning sun (Yay! You have NO IDEA how much we appreciated that).

My mom and aunt Jeanne are in great shape this morning and ready to go! They are proof it pays to stick to the training program (maybe that's why I have toe troubles!).
I really valued the time I got to spend with them.

I realize how fortunate I am that we had this time together to build memories. Each moment matters when you see the names of mothers, daughters, friends and others stolen too soon by an unpredictable disease that makes no promises about tomorrow.

It takes a special group of people to take part in the 3Day. People who have been touched by breast cancer (or any cancer) have a different perspective on life... each day truly is a gift. That's what makes this 60 mile walk, an incredibly uplifting experience. Strangers encourage each others to take it one step at a time.

The one word I would use to describe what I gained from this event is appreciation.

From the gorgeous views of the beautiful place we call home...

to the teammates,

 walkers and volunteers who encouraged,

fed,  and treated our "frankenfeet"

I am forever grateful! You learn to appreciate simple things... how about a hot bath or clean clothes?
But this walk is also about hope...

Unfortunately, we all know someone who has breast cancer. Seeing a sea of pink survivors from 16 to 70, also gives those who have recently been diagnosed, a vision of what a survivors look like.

Amy Moore was diagnosed at 33-years-old.

Her boyfriend, Ryan Lynch signed up to walk for her. He's one of about 170 men taking part in the 3Day.
Amy says talking to women who are 25 year survivors helps her see a bright future and a full life without breast cancer. She says she's been given a second chance to live life to its fullest.

This walk is a reminder to me and many others, of the importance to do the same.