No, there's not a transit strike. Yes, this is for a cause. And, yes, I will be asking you for money. But you, dear reader, will get something back in return.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a two-day event held in various cities across the United States throughout the year. I'll be walking a full marathon on October 20th and a half marathon on October 21st. I'm not worried about posting a good time -- hell, they don't even close streets for us -- I'm concerned with raising money for an amazing cause and, as importantly, raising awareness.
Why not? On a very basic level: breast cancer is bad and research is good. On a personal level: I've got a pretty personal beef with cancer that makes this really important to me.
My personal story, about going through chemo with my amazing aunt, will take up a whole blog post of its own. Suffice it to say I do not do this lightly. I never want another family to experience what our family has gone through -- and our story ends quite happily.
My team will be made up of friends and family. I am privileged to walk alongside my mom (who was there with me when my aunt's head was shaved) and my amazing survivor of an aunt, Karen. In fact, all four of the girls in my mom's immediate family are participating.
I can't tell you how much I look forward to being surrounded by people who are so fiercely dedicated to helping people they've never met and will never meet.
What's in it for me?
Obviously there are the warm fuzzies that come with doing something good. There's also good karma (if you believe in that) to be gleaned.
Additionally, when someone you know and love is diagnosed with breast cancer*, you will know that you have already contributed to potentially life-saving research.
If you didn't click on the link above go ahead and click here to donate and help save lives!
*There is a near guarantee that this will happen to you in your life. According to the Avon Walk website a woman has a "1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime" and "every 13 minutes, a life is lost breast to cancer."