On Sunday, me, Bri and my parents walked 2.5 (easy peasy) miles for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. There was a great turnout in Wilmington and the weather was absolutely perfect – an amazing fall day.
I think I read that a total of almost $400,000 was raised by this event alone. Since I did the cancer walk this past April in NYC and had many friends and family donate for that event, I did not actively solicit donations for Sunday’s walk. Instead, I just walked to show my support for all the survivors and in memory of those who have lost the breast cancer battle. However, our small team of 7 did manage to raise almost $3,000. Thanks to the other team members who kicked butt: Cathy, Erin, Ashley, Claudia and Dawn.
I walked with Bri and my parents right by side – three of the people in my life who stood by me through it all (there’s a lot more of you out there too)!!! My coworker Cathy joined us and we had a few other team members that we lost in the crowd.
- Over the past year, Brian has also taken on the role as caregiver in addition to being one awesome husband!
Although it was a great event, I feel like a lot of money was spent on freebies. Don’t get me wrong, I like freebies. But I’d rather see more money going towards research, treatments and/or programs. Since I’m a survivor, I received a free long sleeve shirt, drawstring bag filled with goodies, cupcakes, cookies, a reusable tote upon registering and a small tote mailed to me. I know that some of these items were donated by sponsors, but the amount of freebies just seemed like too much. I would have been satisfied with just a cookie and/or a t-shirt. At the end of the event, there was also a lot of survivor merchandise leftover, so the organizers just handed it out to regular walkers too. Just my opinion, but as a cancer survivor, I thought it was just too much stuff.
My parents - check out my dad's free breast cancer survivor shirt!
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