I have to begin by thanking you again for your support, prayers, and encouragement this past year. I am feeling strong and healthy and in February will complete my treatment and officially become a one-year breast cancer survivor. As I close in on this important milestone, I can’t help but think back to February of 2015 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and learned I would have to undergo 18 weeks of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and continued hormone treatments for the balance of a year. As a wife, mother of two young daughters, a teacher, and a “young” woman with no family history of breast cancer, this news was incredibly unexpected and life changing.
I am proud to share that because of my experiences, I have committed to walking 60 miles in three days as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, which will take place in the Twin Cities in August. I’ll be walking with my wonderful friends, Sara , Kari, and Nikole, my amazingly supportive sister-in-law, Amanda, and my devoted and always optimistic dad, Cliff. We’ll walk 60 miles, sleep in pink tents, and join hundreds of other walkers who are committed to ending breast cancer forever.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization outside of the federal government, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs. Komen has worked in more than 60 countries worldwide. I strongly believe that my diagnosis, treatment, and recovery have been so successful because of the support that the Komen organization has provided to the research in this field.
Our team goal is to raise $15,000 and I am asking for your help to meet this goal. You can donate at The3Day.org, follow the link below to make an online donation, call 800-996-3DAY or donate by check, made payable to Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Donation checks can also be mailed to me and I will submit them with a copy of my personalized donation form. Please also consider that your company may offer to match your donation. More than 80% of the donations received go directly towards research, screening, treatment and education. No amount is too small, even $25 will help us to reach our team goal.
I am walking in celebration of my health, for women who aren’t healthy enough to walk, and in honor of those who have lost their battle. I walk because I am committed to the fight against breast cancer! You are the best support system I could ask for and I hope you consider supporting our team and helping in the fight against breast cancer.