…I am walking the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event. It’s a 60-mile event that takes place in several cities around this country.
Never did I realize it was in preparation for what was to come in my life. In June 2007, I was diagnosed with early stage Ductal Carcinoma.
Last year in 2010, the Seattle and San Diego events were meant for me to honor someone who became a very dear friend. Kim Loofbourow lost her valiant 4-year battle with breast cancer. She was just a few days shy of her 42nd birthday.
Over the years, I’ve met so many people who have a story to share with their own diagnoses, or family and friends standing up to this disease. More and more often I cross paths with people where cancer has challenged us all personally or the lives of those we love.
This year, I walk for all the same reasons I’ve walked before, but I am walking for my friend, Jeff Little, who lost his life at the age of 32 years old to esophageal cancer in January. Cancer took away a father of three small children. It took away a husband, a son, a brother, and a friend to countless others. And it’s time cancer is stopped.
Jeff wanted to walk the 3-Day event in his lifetime, but never found the time to do so. One of the last conversations we had before he passed away, he said, “I regret that I didn’t walk the walk with you.” I promised him then, that I would take him with me this year and walk it together.
So, this year, I walk for Jeff and all the others in my life who are battling cancers of all kinds. I walk for all of my “sisters” who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in any and every stage. I walk for those who are unable to walk, because they did not do it when they wanted, and now it’s too late. I walk with those who, like me, are tired of losing people they love to cancers of any kind.
And I also walk for me. I walk to stay as healthy as I can and build up my own strength. I walk to prepare myself. Just in case. I walk again because I’m grateful that technology gives us opportunities to see things earlier than they used to be seen. I walk again because I want a cure to be found.
And I will do all the walking…for the 7th time.