As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, I thought what better time to announce I'll be walking again in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer? Because if I'm going to advocate for action, this is an act I can take. I can still walk. I can write about my experiences. If that helps one other woman speak up in her doctor's office when she might have otherwise ignored the twisting in her gut about a lump she'd found? If I can do that, I've at least done something.
I choose this walk because Avon provides funding for women who can't afford treatments. I've talked before about how earth-shatteringly lucky I am to have the insurance I do. To have friends who've told me to go ahead with treatments and I can pay them back later (an offer I haven't yet had to take). Not everyone is so lucky, and Avon helps bridge that gap. Avon also funds life-saving research, and you know how I feel about research. You can read more about their mission by clicking here.
Next spring, I'll be flying back to my old stomping grounds -- Washington, DC -- to walk with a team of women, old friends and new from all over the country, to raise money for this organization that has done so much for people facing this vile disease. While I'm there, I'm hoping I can brush up on my lobbying skills and take my message -- that this can and does happen to young people, that we need more research funding -- to Congress (starting with my state representatives, but to anyone who will listen, really).
Do you want to join us? Support our team with a donation? Make signs to cheer us along as we wind our way through the halls of Congress? We welcome the support. I appreciate it more than I can express.
This will be my 4th Avon Walk, and to date, I've raised more than $30,000 for the cause. Last year alone, our team was able to donate more than $16,000. We're hoping to blow that number out of the water this spring. If you'd like to help us do that, please click here. And thank you. It means the world to me.