Next Thursday morning I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to Atlanta for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. The walk raises money for breast cancer research and education. The minimum amount to raise to participate in the walk is $2200 a person. I set my goal at $3600–200 donations of $18 was my goal. As of today with the support of generous colleagues, friends and community, I have raised $4100! That is $500 more than I’d hoped!
My sister, mom and Gail all sent me packages this week. My sister sent me extra socks for the walk, my mom sent me a second pair of Asics and Gail sent me a few Cancer is a Bitch t-shirts. I wore the shirt around the office yesterday and probably could have sold 20 if I’d had them. I kept it on when I went to a CIMA event and could have sold another 5 ot 6, including to two oncology nurses that stopped me on the street to ask about it. This t-shirt is the first official social object I’ve ever experienced. Sure the Blue Monster is a social object, but not in my world. This shirt starts conversations and gets the stories started.
I’m really looking forward to the walk, especially now that I have the right shoes and met my goal. I never imagined that I’d go above and beyond my goal like this. So… if you were thinking about donating to me and haven’t yet… don’t. Instead, please donate to Amy for her half-marathon for St. Jude. She’s running for her cousin who has cancer and is being treated at St. Jude. Fighting cancer takes all sorts of fundraisers and all sorts of endurance sporting events–why not spread the love a little?