You may remember receiving my email or reading my blog entry last December 19th that started with “Please forgive this group email, but how many ways can one say ‘I have breast cancer”? Well, I do.” That day marked the beginning of a new faith experience for me, which I have written about in this blog.
What I need to tell you now is this:
Next April 12-13th, I’ll spend the weekend walking, along with thousands of other people, in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston. I will walk at least the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles), and I may choose to walk as far as a marathon and a half. Either way, it’s a very long walk.
I’ll have to spend the next few months training, fundraising, and preparing for the event. It’s a very big challenge, but I’m very excited about doing it because I know it will make a real difference to the millions of people affected by breast cancer.
I am participating in the Avon Walk because the Avon Foundation uses the money raised by the walkers to provide not only funds for research, but also funds to treat breast cancer patients who are uninsured or under-insured. I was very blessed to have group insurance through my employer that covered almost all of my medical expenses. My supplemental cancer protection plan covered my remaining expenses. God has blessed me greatly!
There are 40 million people in this country who have no health insurance. Every 3 minutes another breast cancer diagnosis is made in the United States. Many of those people are among the 40 million uninsured. I want to help them get treatment. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 25:40, “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Raising money to provide funds for treating people who can’t afford treatment is one way that I can help those whom the world considers to be among the “least” of this world.
We all know many people who have been affected by one type of cancer or another. It seems like every time I turn around, I hear of someone else who has cancer–someone I know or a friend or relative of someone I know. I’m tired of it. I want to help. The most important thing I can do is to pray, and I have been doing that. Raising money for research and treatment and increasing awareness is one way I can be part of the answer to my own prayer.
I’m required to raise at least $1,800 to participate, but I’m setting my goal even higher, and I plan to raise at least $2800. Please help to support me and the breast cancer cause by making a generous contribution to my efforts. You can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link below, which will bring you right to my personal page. Please remember as you’re making your donation that in less than the time it took to read this e-mail, another woman in the U.S. was diagnosed with breast cancer.
If you prefer to write a check, just contact me and I’ll send you the information and form.
Thank you for your support.
Although I am walking to raise money, I am also walking in memory of those who have died of breast cancer or another cancer, and in tribute to those who survive.
In memory of:
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I solicit your prayers as I embark upon this adventure. I anticipate that God will use my participation in this event for His glory. How He does that is up to Him. He certainly has a way of surprising me, so I’ll just leave it all to Him and not even try to speculate.
May God bless you all! I thank you for your prayers and support over the past few months.