Walking for Breast Cancer

What would be important enough to motivate you to walk nearly 40 miles? For many people, the list of such things is decidedly short (including our children, of course). Jennifer Gray is a member of the Lesson Pathways team as well as the editor of ChoosyHomeschooler.com. One of the top entries on her list of things worthy of such an incredibly long walk is a cure for breast cancer. On May 15 and 16, 2010, Jennifer will walk a total of 39 miles, beginning at the University of Massachusetts Boston and walking to the Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts. Then, she’ll turn around and walk back again.

Jennifer’s reasons for participating in this walk are both personal and global. On a personal level, she’ll walk for her mother, her grandmother, her aunts and her friends. On a global level, she’ll walk for women everywhere. And make no mistake, this disease kills far and wide. According to the World Health Organization, it is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In fact, approximately one person dies from breast cancer every 13 minutes. This killer doesn’t restrict itself to females either. Though less common, it can afflict men as well.

There are few women whose lives aren’t touched by breast cancer in some way. Too many of us have suffered the loss of loved ones to this disease, and many of us have dealt with the worry that follows the discovery of a lump. Most of us worry about how we would handle it if we ever noticed a lump or breast change that could mean cancer. This May, Jennifer will walk for all of us – the departed but sorely missed, the women in treatment, the loved ones left behind, and those yet to be diagnosed. She’ll even walk for those of us who simply fear the disease and hope for a cure.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, managed by the Avon Foundation, aims to make a significant impact on breast cancer research, treatment and diagnosis, education, and support. In recent years, the walk’s proceeds have provided important funding for national, legal, and regional organizations in these sectors. Over a six-year period, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer’s participants have managed to raise $265 million.

While a single person can make a difference in a worthy cause like the fight against breast cancer a community – even an online community – of people working together can have a much more dramatic effect. For her part, Jennifer will put her muscles to a nearly 40-mile test in an effort to raise at least $1800. She’s committed to raising at least that much, but she’d love to raise $2000 or more. This money, along with the funds the other participants raise, will go directly to organizations that are saving lives, searching for better treatments, and working toward a cure.

You can support Jennifer in her efforts and help fight breast cancer by sponsoring her walk. No donation is too small, and every donation moves us towards winning this fight. You can even spread your donation out, making monthly payments instead of paying a lump sum. Just think by working together, we can change countless lives and maybe even improve the outlook for our own loved ones. Click here to make a donation. It’s tax deductible!

One more thing – Jennifer plans to wear a special t-shirt in the walk. It will be covered with the names of breast cancer survivors and victims. Do you have a name you want included? Just leave a comment to this post and include the name. We’ll share pictures on the blog after the walk.

For more information about the Avon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, click here. To visit Jennifer Gray’s personal Avon Walk webpage, just follow this link. Check back for regular updates as Jennifer prepares for the walk. Go Jennifer!

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