Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Susan G Komen 3 day walk for the Cure

As a team Powered by Optimism raised over $260,000.00!

San Diego raised over $6,000,000.00

This is always a hard thing to write about. Breast cancer is a very serious subject but the 3-day event is a wonderful thing to experience. How do I balance the two?

The training is hard and long but when we are finished we go home and soak our feet or what ever we need to do so we can go out the next day. We laugh along the way and make new friends. We enjoy the times we have with each other and we know that whining causes blisters.

On the other hand, those suffering with breast cancer can’t stop and say I’ll start up again tomorrow. They go through rough times with treatments and can’t just put a Band-Aid on.  We have survivors on our team and all I see are their beautiful smiles.

We are encouraged along the way by complete strangers who dance, sing and offer us treats. Or by just being silly. A lot of the people come out yearly and we've given them names. This guy is also known as the Jeep guy. He starts in the early morning in his Jeep and pajamas

 then changes outfits as the day goes by, can you even see him? He's a bush!
Here's our favorite Fireman
Here are the Melon guys
A little fun at Sea World
If you have a problem along the way and can't finish, we have "sweeper vans" that will take you to the next stop or back to camp. This one is driven by my sister Tere's friend.
There a wonderful porta-potties along the way. Here's an example of the inside door of one, humor all over the place!
I love when we get a long line and picture op. This is leaving camp on our way to 20 miles.
Mike and Ericka announced they are expecting their 2nd child. 5 months along and they did 60 miles!
Lots of smiles.
Family support
My greeters Jim and Judee
Because our team, Powered by Optimism, did a good job this year we got special treats. Amy needed two hands.

Last day we took advantage.
This is me with Kim and Amy, two of my team leaders
Even after walking almost 60 miles in 3 days we can still dance while waiting to walk into the closing ceremony.
My first and second day!  The line for the last day was too long.

We walk for our loved ones, our friends and people we don’t know. We walk because others can't walk.

Thank you for your donations and for keeping me in your thoughts.

Oh, by the way, I’ve already signed up for 2014!


The Path Traveled said...

Pam, u am sitting in the Dallas airport on my layover from Phenix this morning and reading your blog post. I sit her watching the people go by and wonder how many are effected by cancer. I hated to leave my sister today who was on her way to get her drains out after she and her husband dropped me at the airport. I miss my husband after being gone this past three weeks.
Margie has really good days and then a bad sneeks in. Yesterday we had a scare because her right chest wall caved some. I'm sure just getting the drains out today will make her feel a little better but she has a long drawn out ordeal to still go through. The expanders for reconstruction will not be injected for stretching for another two weeks. Then I'm not sure how many injections she will go through . She doesn't want to be any bigger than she was before surgery. She hates the numb feeling and the spasms. She's strong and in good sports but also has a down time also.
She will be meeting with the Oncoligist in the next few days and was told the next surgery would be in around three months.
So many women are going through breast cancer. So many are walking around avoiding seeing the doctor. So many.... So many!
Thank you for all you do to support women every where!

Judy T. said...

You are an inspiration. Prayers sent heavenward that someday it will be eradicated. I just lost a friend on Tuesday, 54 years old and my brother's best friend.

PamelaAnn said...

Betty I pray for your sister and you. Please keep in touch and let me know how Margie is doing.

The list of people on my tent has gone from 10 to 22 people affected in some way by cancer.

Walking 60 miles and collecting donations is nothing compared to the things these people have to go through.

PamelaAnn said...

Judy, I'm sorry for your loss.

This was my 3rd walk and I've signed up for next year. I feel it's the least I can do.

I don't know how much longer it will take to find a cure but, as long as I'm able to do this I'll keep it up.

Carla said...

Pam, such a beautiful group of caring people. A few years ago a very close friend of mine had breast cancer. I know that the Komen foundation helped her and she is doing very well today. Thank you!

PamelaAnn said...

Carla, I'm glad your friend found help. The women I've met are amazing, so caring and kind. This has been an experience I will never forget.

Marcie G. said...

Pam, I love how you walk the walk, and not just talk the talk. You are such an inspiration to me, and I'm sure, many others. Many thanks to you and your team! While no one in my family has had breast cancer, various forms of cancer has struck down too many members of my family, my mom included.

- Marcie (aka mygnsac)