My mom, my uncle, and two of my cousins were 4 of over 2000 people to walk 60 miles in support of breast cancer research this past weekend!!!! It all started on Friday morning at Freestone Park at around 7am. With an inspiring and emotional send off they began their trek to complete 60 miles over three days. Each day consisted of approx. 20 miles....they slept in tents and then got up the next morning to do it all again. They've trained all year and even though there were some mishaps with blisters the size of Texas.....there was no complaining....not even once. They are truly inspiring!
We (the family of supporters) greeted them at each cheering station with smiling faces and decorated T-shirts, signs, chairs, blankets, coke, gatorade, bandaides, etc. to help them get through the next series of miles before we would see them again. They were well taken care of by the 3-Day Crew, but we liked being there to give them anything extra that their heart may be desiring...like Dunkin Donuts on the last day!! :)
This group of 2000 walkers helped raise over $5 million dollars this year for breast cancer research!!! The closing ceremonies on Sunday evening were beautiful and motivating......I think I cried through the whole thing. I cried for the people who were no longer with us, I cried for the people battling this disease right now, I cried for those who will and I cried out of tenderness for what each of these walkers brought to the 3-Day this year. It wasn't easy.....there were those who were sick from dehydration during the night and proceeded with their dedication of finishing this walk the next day, there were those in the process of chemotherapy who held their heads of up because they have hope for their future and every single person walked because this disease has affected them on some level. They carried that person or persons with them as they put one foot in front of the other and in the end they all knew that they had made a difference.
So, THANK YOU mom (Kimberly), Uncle Ken, Rachel and Kelleigh for helping make this world a more hopeful place to live.....imagine....a world without breast cancer!