I began walking in the Race for the Cure in 1996, shortly after my Aunt Grace had died from breast cancer and my Aunt Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, the Race was divided into the coed 5-K run, a small 1-K coed walk, and the much larger women-only 5K walk. When I saw a tall man walking ahead of me, I remember thinking, “What is he doing in the women-only race?” He was walking slower than me, so I soon caught up and saw why. He was holding the hand of his 5 to 6 year old daughter. She was wearing the placard “In memory of my mom”, and he was wearing the placard “In memory of my wife.”
Since 1996: I’ve continued walking in and/or fundraising for the Race for the Cure, because I never ever want to see another set of placards like that again.
Since 1996: There is no longer a women-only walk, because breast cancer affects all of us.
Since 1996: My friend Ann died from breast cancer at age 46. My friend Ellie who was a breast cancer survivor died from other causes. Five other friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Five years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2014, my ex-brother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer (yes, men do get it, too). And just this year my high school and college friend Lolly was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
Please support my fundraising so together we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer!