My Mom's a trooper. She's ramping up her one mile a day walk so she can walk the Susan G. Komen 3 Day in Seattle this September, ONE DAY AFTER HER 90TH BIRTHDAY! She's a frikken trooper.
It started with a tearful viewing of photos of my 60 mile walk last weekend in the San Francisco 3 Day. "Sal, if I was younger I would have walked with you. We need a cure." She cried at the thought of her sister Margaret, who died at 52 of breast cancer. She cried again, talking of my brother Joe who died at 44 of cancer.
Then she cried again retelling of her numbness on the day I called with my news: "Mom, I have breast cancer". (7 year survivor - yeah, baby!!!)
Being the pushy demanding take-no-prisoners never-say-you-can't persuasive daughter that I am, I formed team "Nancy at Ninety", and promptly registered us both for the Seattle walk this coming September - cooincidentally the day after she turns ninety.
Now there's no going back. We are all in.
We need to raise $2300 each (link at the bottom ;) and we will do it by walking flyers in her Sun City senior neighborhood. Heck, maybe she will find a walking partner. Right now she walks alone.
Am I inspired by her? Dang right I am. And I can't wait to see the other walkers as they try to process that a ninety year old women is setting off on a 20 mile journey.
Do I think she can walk all 20 miles each day? Heck no! But she can walk 1 mile today and by the time we get to September, I bet she can walk 4 or 5! Can you imagine?
So cheer her on with your comments below, and I will share them with her. I'll even share my Mom with you if you want to join Team Nancy at Ninety! We'll walk in support of grey being the new pink!
(Team Sixty Mile High Club, Susan G. Komen 3 day, San Francisco, June 2013)