Such a journey could not have been possible without the support of ALL of you. During this past year we have been continuously touched by the kindness and generosity of so many people. Team Alex raised $18,487.00. The 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Boston raised over 4 million dollars!! Because of people like you!! Thank you. The money that you helped us raise will go toward ending breast cancer and saving lives.
This 60-mile journey began in February of 2010. The challenge of raising $2300.00 each was intimidating, and required most of us to step outside of our comfort zones. We asked YOU for your help, and your response was amazing.
Thank you Linda Winters, our Mortgage Loan Originator, and friend, for your most generous support… to the staff and patients at Dr. Urda’s office, Holly, Wendy, Verna, Lorraine A., Carol D., Lynda H., Skipp B., Jim V., Ken B., and Robert O. for your donations, and to Doc for your donation, and encouragement, to Holly for selling my pins at the front desk, to Wendy for ALL the items you donated to my garage sale, and to ALL our wonderful patients, and staff, that bought my Breast Cancer Awareness Pins, and so often paid more than the asking price, thank you! To Randy B., thank you for selling my pins from your shop. To Jen & Paul Lillie, for the very generous donations you made to both Maggie and I… to my old, hometown friends, Lori C., Maria Z., Sandi P., Mary C., Herman M., and Liz J. for your donations and for buying my pins. To my new friends, and fellow 3-Day walkers; Loretta Englishbee thank you for your support and enthusiasm, for all the items you donated to my garage sale, for your letters of encouragement during our walk, and for everything YOU are doing to END Breast Cancer, your efforts are truly amazing… and Joann A., thank you for your donation, visiting us at Joy’s block party, and sharing your experience… and to Courtney Lercara-Zinszerof Pink Wings, I hope I get to meet you some day. To our friends Nancy O., Bonnie U., Carol M., Becky W. and Luke B. for your kind donations… to our beautiful Oma for donating too, and to my amazing Mother-in-law, Karin, for your donation and ALL your help on our crazy, BUSY, and very successful garage sale that I never could have pulled off without you. To my neighbors Lee & Linda for all your donated garage sale items, and for watching our dogs, and house, while we were in Boston. To the McConnell family; Kevin, Shelly & Joe, Brian & Jackie, Malinda, and Steve Berger who together raised $750.00 toward Maggie’s walk. To our cousin’s Jamie & Chris, and the Knights of Columbus, thank youfor your support and fundraising efforts, truly amazing. To Aunt Edna & Uncle Fred, for visiting us in PA to see us off, and for your financial support. To my cousin Molly for having me on her radio show, and for helping us promote our cause. To Conce with the Sweet Adelines, for giving us a booth at the Harmony Bazaar, and Cindy Pendleton for donating your print to our raffle. To Joann at Fine Line Hair Designs, and Emily, with Mary Kay, for your donations, thank you. To Scotty H. for your patients, help, support, and valuable training advice… to Parker for scaring off the bears during our training walks. To Jim Dooley for your generous deal on our team t-shirts, thank you, they turned out GREAT! To Monica Estil, for the beautiful artwork you did for Team Alex. To Nathan, Nicole and family, for entertaining Justin and the boys while we walked, and for the hotel room discount. To Christy & Steven Simpson at Bouncin’ Bears, for loaning out your facilities to help our cause, that was so kind, and FUN! To our amazing family, Randy, Quinn, Gabbie, Mom & Dad, Aunt Andy, Uncle George, Uncle Kerry, Gina, Jim, Olivia, for travelling to Boston from PA, and VA, to cheer us along the way… your presence meant SO much. And to Chrissy, Mike & Kyle, for making the journey from NJ, and bringing Sammy and Teddy with you, AGAIN, seeing your faces was the highlight of the walk. And to Justin, for doubling up on parent duty so I could fund raise, and do my training walks, day after day, week after week, for hours at a time, and for being in Boston with Casey & Indie, cheering us on, and on, and on. I could never have done this without your love and support, I love you so much, thank you.
And lastly to our survivor, Alex, for having this crazy idea to walk 60 miles… and for being so strong. You truly inspire us.
One cannot participate in a cancer walk without feeling hopeful for humanity. So many good people. So much desire to help others. So much willingness to endure discomfort, aches, and even pain, in order to bring attention to, and END, this terrible disease. It was an honor to be part of it. At first it was about supporting a family member I loved, but soon it became more. During the past 6 month, I met so many people who have shared with me their stories. So many stories… many inspirational, but many heartbreaking. It’s a huge commitment, but I feel drawn to be part of it again. In 2011 I’m walking in Seattle. Please visit my new 3-Day website at: www.the3day.org/goto/micheleiswalking. Feeling inspired? Join Team Alex and walk with us!!