As you all may have read I finished the 3 day Susan G Komen walk.
I met a lot of wonderful and interesting people while training for the walk. One particular person stood out among the many people. Martin. Not because he was, as I call him, “our token guy” but, because he held his own with all of the women on the team. He cheered us on, led us when needed and held back when those of us needed to slow down.
I’m not sure how many 3 Days he has done or how many times he has been involved behind the scenes. I think he finishes one and goes on with another in some capacity or another.
He did some research on breast cancer and came up with an astonishing figure. At this writing 272 people die from breast cancer over the course of a weekend. Simply put this means in the course of walking one 3 Day event 272 people die.
Martin figured out a way to let people “see” this figure. Roses. Along the 3 Day course some members of our team picked up bunches of roses, starting at 7am on Friday till the finish line at 4pm on Sunday. We gathered and carried a total of 272 roses.
This was a conversation starter. Even though we were all walking for a cause, the enormity of this issue can sometimes be difficult to imagine. The hope is that each year this figure will go down.
My local newspaper gives awards: roses for good, and raspberries for bad.
Martin, this rose is for you!