Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Why I Walk...Why I Need Your Help
Those are the reasons I walk and I will continue to do it as long as I can. I hope you can help me reach my goal of raising $3,500 USD this year. This will be the second year that I make the commitment to fund raise and walk way more miles than I would normally on any given day. But it is an amazing experience full of cramps, muscle aches, blisters and literally blood, sweat and tears but soooo worth it. Not only am I raising money for disease that must be dealt with, but it is therapy for me and my way of dealing with having this disease affect my family in so many ways...and most recently my father.
When my sister and I walked last year we never thought we would be adding our father to this list, but it just goes to show you that breast cancer doesn't care what color, age, religion or GENDER you are...so we need to fight it with all that we've got. In my case I am not a doctor or researcher, but I can walk so that is what I am going to do in October (wow, it is right around the corner!) and I need your help. So please click on this link and give something...$1 or $100 is doesn't matter...every little bit helps, really! And it would be so much to me to know I have supporters in this endeavor.
We just moved to a different county and we have not been having the easiest time transitioning to our new home. I could have easily said,"You know what...it is too far (because it really is)...I can't this year...I haven't trained as much," and the list of excuses goes on and on...but then I think of all the people I met on the walk last year that didn't have a choice to start chemo or fight this disease. How can I not do it?
I have not been able to be there for my aunt and father this past year as they have battled treatments and the challenges of having breast cancer, but I will be there in NYC walking 40 miles and thinking of them every step of the way.
Here is the link to donate...you can also email me if you rather deposit the money in our Dutch or American bank account. For those in the US the link is easier and this way your donation is tax deductible.
LINK TO MY PERSONAL PAGE W/ FUNDRAISING LINK
This week I have started my intense training and I hope to be ready on October 20th so that my friend Jackie Jenkins doesn't have to carry me to the finish line. She is going to be walking with me this year.
I will keep you posted on news of the walk and I hope to hear from you.
Please send me the names of those friends and family members that have been affected by breast cancer so that I can add them to my "Honor Roll."
Posted by Melissa van Herksen at 9:55 PM