It’s all about the pace … in trying to banish breast cancer.

Pink earth with pink awareness ribbon

Back in May, the City of Detroit was a virtual sea of pink-clad walkers on a soggy Saturday morning. They walked because they had a personal story to tell, or to honor the memory of someone lost to this disease.

This weekend, still more walkers laced up their sneakers and paced themselves in heat, humidity and rain to walk 60 miles “for the cure”.

So today … instead of talking about and touting my daily mileage, I’d rather give kudos to the walkers who finished the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to raise money for breast cancer.

I’ve just been watching the clips of the highlights of the event on the various news stations I follow on Facebook. Those weary walkers began their trek Friday morning, walked 20 miles per day and each had to raise $2,300.00. You could tell the experience was uplifting … the tears of joy and sense of accomplishment, not to mention hugs between survivors and those who walked for family and friends who lost their battle. Their elation, upon completion of their mission, brought tears to my eyes as well. The Michigan leg of the Komen 3-Day Walk raised $2 million thanks to 650 dedicated men and women, so that one day – some day – a cure will be found.

Hope is like peace.

It is not a gift from God.

It is a gift only we can give one another.

~ Elie Wiesel

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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4 Responses to It’s all about the pace … in trying to banish breast cancer.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I know a gentleman along with his brother and nephew who are battling cancer. I want to thank all the brave men, woman and children who walk and make a difference in the lives of friends, family and strangers. Thank you. Thanks Linda
    for sharing.

    • lindasschaub says:

      I do know a few myself Marge and three right now who are in remission. It is a terrible disease, and I wish that scientists would work on a cure rather than worry about sending people to the moon or Mars.

  2. ann marie stevens says:

    miss Linda…….that was powerful what you wrote…………………….I always advocate hope because I have Jesus filled within me……………..and only because of Him……………………..
    annmarie

    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Ann Marie – I decided their trek was more worthy than mine. As a walker, can you even fathom going 20 miles in one day? My next-door neighbor did the walk about eight years ago. She was in her early 50s and walked for her mother who had cancer. She was not able to finish the walk though. I can’t remember the specifics, but I think that she had tripped and hurt her toe earlier in the Summer and the long distances aggravated the toe, so she had to stop, but stayed with the 3-Day for the camaraderie. A friend of mine who lives in NY had battled cancer 2 years ago. He was deemed too old for a stem cell transplant – I believe he was 68 at the time. But he was an active 68 and he still worked, volunteered his time and so he sought another doctor’s opinion. That doctor told him to get endorsements from people he worked with as to how viable he could be in the workplace going forward. He got letters (my boss did one). He had the transplant – he was down for about 18 months, but the transplant was successful and he is fine now. He sent me some literature about this priest – he is pushing for him for sainthood due to his cancer being in remission – here is the website that he sent me to read: http://www.vincentcapodanno.org/

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