This Thanksgiving, I hope to give thanks for my feet and my friends. I will have just completed walking 20 miles a day, 3 days in a row, through the streets of San Diego. I picture sunny skies, 1800 fellow walkers wearing pink boas, sequined tutus, and men wearing balloon stuffed leopard print bras. I hear it is one big 3 day street party as the San Diegoites come out to cheer on the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walkers with cheerleading squads, pink ribbon stickers, dogs in tiaras, and children holding clever signs - "Save the ta-tas", "Cancer Sucks", and "Thank you - Your efforts saved my Mom".
This is my fourth 3 day walk for breast cancer, but my first in a huge team. After walking in San Francisco and Seattle (twice) with two friends, I decided to go big or go home. You need to raise $2300 for the Komen Foundation to walk. This year, I want to raise $100K. Yep. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. I ain't goin home, so guess I'm goin BIG!
I figure raising walkers instead of raising money is the way to do it. So our team - HANDS UP FOR HOOTERS - is forming. We're aiming for 35 walkers to walk with us - that ought to do it since most walkers raise more than the 2300 needed. It's only January and we have 24 so far.
TWENTY FOUR with NINE MONTHS TO GO! Unbelievable. But we're going to do it. I'm doing this with Becky Lund, my walking buddy, and we've already started our weekly fun walks. Serious training starts in May.
Why Komen, you ask? Cause they are the biggest. And have done the most. Susan G. Komen is the biggest private contributor to breast cancer issues IN THE WORLD. The WORLD!!! They've raised $800M for breast cancer research and grants, and $1.8B (that's billion dollars) for community support and services in 30 countries worldwide.
Wanna join? We're Hands Up for Hooters. We're based in Fair Oaks, CA. We'll do training walks together beginning in May. Or train on your own. And if you are in Whitefish Montana, or Simsbury Connecticut, we'll see you in San Diego. November 20th, 2015.
You can't miss us. We'll be wearing pink.