Last year about this time, I heard an advertisement on the radio for the 3Day Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk. It seemed like a long shot but I signed up for it, and with the help of my friends, family, and coworkers....met the goal and participated. It was an amazing experience and not one I ever thought I would get to experience again any time soon YET here I am.
This year it was more than doing something bigger than myself that encouraged me to sign up for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This year it is about second chances. Second chances at love, life, and miracles.
This walk is about giving second chances to those that didn't think they were possible....or necessary. The woman that thought she was to young to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The mother that thought that breast cancer was something that happened to other people. The father that sits with a daughter as she tells him of her diagnosis. ALL of these people deserve second chances and myself, amongst thousands of others, walk to give those chances.
Raise $1800 to participate in the Chicago Avon Walk for Breast Cancer? Absolutely.
How about creating a team in the Coconut Blisters to make people ask questions about breast cancer? You bet.
Train to get ready to walk 39.3 miles in just 114 days? No problem.
My goal is to continue to remind people that breast cancer knows no boundaries. You can't be too old or too young, too white or too black, too rich or too poor. Every 3minutes another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and I assure you, it is a disease that doesn't care where you live or how much money you make. So, I ask you... what could possibly keep me from walking a few miles? You guessed it...nothing.
So, today begins my journey. A journey that I will share with my fellow "Coconuts" and one that we know will make a difference to many. Please join us in any way you can by making a donation to our team, volunteering at an event, providing raffle prizes for events, or signing up to be an "honorary coconut" and cheering us on as we walk into the sunset towards a cure for breast cancer.
This Coconut is feeling a bit under the weather today but stay tuned.... more to blog soon.