Avon

Mar. 3rd, 2008 03:14 pm
[personal profile] museclio
So, I'm Team Wench's only walker in Avon this year. It's truly weird. This is the first year that I'll take those first steps alone. This is the first year that I won't catch up with my team at the lunch stop to chat before we walk. This is the first walk that I can't call Sas and see how he's doing. He's crewing, and will undoubtably be waking my ass up early on both mornings, but it's not the same.

He's not walking because his hip is shot. Should I be walking? Probably not. My knees are lousy, and I've been out of shape. Am I walking anyway. You're damn right. Why?

I can.

I can step out, I can talk to people and hear their stories. I can hear about the woman who beat back breast cancer twice and is on her fifteenth walk. I can talk to the guy who thought that walking would be like running a marathon, and he found out it wasn't, but he's doing it for his recently diagnosed wife. I can read mohawk man's shirt and be profoundly moved at the strength of his entire family. I can be amazed by the woman in terminal stage whose oncologist told her that if this is what she wanted it wasn't going to make it worse.

I still can. I'm alive, I'm healthy. I have to do something.

I have too many friends who can't think about breast cancer without thinking about best friends, sisters, mothers, and fathers. There are too many people whose lives will never be the same after being touched by breast cancer.

I can walk. I can fundraise. I can help throw a damn fine event.

So, I'm going to ask you my friends for two things. First, those of you who are local, please, *please* come out to one of the cheering stations for a few hours. It's a couple of hours on a weekend, I know you folks are booked solid, but I'm giving you 2 months to make the time. You have no idea how good it feels to have people smiling, cheering and hollaring when you're exhausted, your legs no longer want to work and you've got ten more miles to walk. The lift that a friendly face and quick chat can give is amazing. Even if you don't see me, cheer the rest of the walkers. Please, try and make the time.

Second, I'm going to ask for your money for the charity. I've got fundraising minumums in order to be able to walk. You many not be able to toss in more than ten bucks, but that's something. I'm not going to do the "well it's only a couple cups of yuppie coffee" or any of that ridiculousness, you all know what you can or can't afford. If you can afford to toss that ten bucks, the link is here.

Date: 2008-03-03 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bittibuddha.livejournal.com
wow. this will be a new kind of challenge, to walk without a team. I suspect you will find people all along the way that have stories and strength to share. Hopefully you'll be able to tell us those stories when you are through.


Will the proceeds of the privateer feast go towards your fundraising efforts for this year?

Date: 2008-03-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninjaslug.livejournal.com
There are a couple of variables tht still have to be worked out, but would you be interested in someone to walk with you. I'm probably not going to be able to do the entire distance for both days, but I'd be up for walking part.

I missed the ACS Strides walk in Oct because I was getting married (so I couldn't run my team this year).

Either way, I'll try to make it out to one of the cheering stations :)

Date: 2008-03-03 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tchwrtr.livejournal.com
"A PowerBar for the heart."

That's how I'd describe them. And the people who keep showing up, and showing up, and showing up? You start to look for them, and then you don't want to get on the sag wagon because YOU MIGHT MISS SEEING THEM.

I'll do my damndest to be out there cheering for ya, gal. You ARE part of a team--it's just that you're the most visible member this walk.

Date: 2008-03-03 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkribbonwench.livejournal.com
Don't discount the message boards, either. I was faced with walking alone in 2004, and found a training partner who lived a few miles from me. Hannah and I ended up sharing a tent and walking all three days together, and had the most amazing time. I walked alone for the second 13 miles of Day 1 way back in 2003, too, and can say that you do tend to "come out of yourself" a little when you're walking alone, and that's definitely not a bad thing.

Date: 2008-03-04 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellaballanda.livejournal.com
I'm walking with my mom and aunt... and I think they might be faster than me.... I'd love to meet up and walk with you for a bit....

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