ginger: (awesome)
In August 2006, I raised $2375, put on my walkin’ shoes, and walked sixty miles in a big ribbon-shaped loop that started at Marymoor Park, circled north of Big Finn Hill in Kirkland, and ended in a parade of 2700 walkers at Husky Stadium. Collectively, Seattle raised $6.9 million that year for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

But we’re not done yet.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. 250,000 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in 2009, and almost 41,000 women (and 2,000 men!) lost the fight. All told, breast cancer has challenged over 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.

This past June, I spent a month and a half undergoing testing and procedures about a mass located just a couple inches above my heart. I got lucky – let me tell you, “benign” is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. But not everyone is so lucky. I personally know over three times as many people affected by breast cancer now than I did in 2006. How about you?

On Valentine’s Day, I committed to walk the 3-Day again this year. In addition to committing myself to the walk, this also requires $2300 worth of fundraising. That’s the cost of transporting 66 women to their treatment sessions, at $35 each, or 20 mammograms at $120 for women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. It doesn’t sound like a lot when you break it down that way. But in today’s economy, every dollar adds up. I ask you to please consider making a donation, either in honor or memory of a loved one or simply out of the goodness of your heart.

My name is Ginger.

I am walking for myself, for the six weeks of fear and the tears of relief, and for the benign tumor I still carry with me.

I am walking for Leslie, currently undergoing chemotherapy after surgery.

I am walking for my friends Sandy and Joanne, amazing women and survivors.

I am walking for my grandmother, Jean, one of the strongest women I know.

I am walking for the girls of Bellevue Assembly, in the hopes of giving them a brighter future.

And I will walk for you too.

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Note: Yes, I will be posting this again. I do not intend to post it more than once a month or so, I promise not to go all spammy. But this is a Big Thing.
ginger: (3-day training)
Five years ago, some of you may recall, I walked a 3-day 60-mile fundraising walk for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

I have decided that I'm doing it again this year, on Sept 16-18. This means I have approximately 7 months to raise the required $2300 and kick my ass back into shape. (I suspect, at least, that the former will be harder. Small favors.)

This decision brought to you on Valentine's Day by the boob martian cuddled up a few inches from my heart, because not everyone's boob martians are benign.

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