On May 4th I participated in the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Des Moines, IA. Our goal for the walk was to raise awareness as well as collect donations to benefit breast cancer research and to support all of the survivors as well as all of the woman who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society has helped more than 4 million woman get breast cancer screening tests and there are over 2 ½ million survivors. I had the honor of being on the team of Miss Stasey, who is a breast cancer survivor. This particular event was very cold and rainy but that did not stop the dedicated participants from walking to support Making Strides. I wanted to do something special during the walk so I hand wrapped 110 flower suckers to hand out and remind people to smile. We were able to raise over $20,000 at this event alone!! I would like to give a very big thank you to Dave Paladino, the owner of Dino’s Storage, for his generous donation of $110 to support my fund raising goal.
Cancer of all forms has affected many lives. You may be a survivor or know someone who has cancer. Fact is that cancer is affecting more and more people and we need to do our part to schedule check-ups, maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to help beat the odds. I personally know many people that have passed from cancer, a few that are currently going through treatments and thankfully those, like my father, that are in remission.
If you would like more information about breast cancer, visit cancer.org/fightbreastcancer or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 anytime.