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And now for something completely different.

I had the Mr. walk Miss Emily to school today so I could get an early start on my 15 miles. I am so freaking tired, I can barley walk to the fridge for water. But it's worth it!! (Oh, side note. I realized I made a MAJOR mathematical error, and I apologize. I walk a 10 minute mile, not 10 mph, which is insane. I walk 6 mph. Although today I walked a 9 minute mile. For 15 miles. I thank you.)



Everybody knows what the pink ribbon is. Everyone knows what the Race for the Cure is (and the shop for the cure, burp for the cure, on and on. I am not doing those. I'm doing the 3-Day. How is it different?
  • this isn't a mile or five mile stroll/jog (not to put those down. this just isn't the same thing.)

  • this is 60 miles in one weekend. (last time I did all 60 in roughly 18.5 hours. *coughs on nails, polishes on shirt*)

  • this is an organization that gives 100% of the donations received directly to women in need

  • this pays for their medical costs

  • their treatments

  • their surgeries

  • this even can cover the cost of groceries and childcare for certain women who need extra assistance to be treated for breast cancer

  • everyone involved (me, the volunteers, etc) pays for all of their own expenses

  • and if I don't raise my goal of $2200, I pay the difference. That's how dedicated I am to this cause



Last time I participated, I had no idea what to expect from this event. I rushed ahead of the pack of 2600+ walkers so I could stretch my legs and enjoy the weather. And the first group of people standing along the roadside cheering us on had a young father with his little son (about 3ish) and they had shirts with his deceased wife's picture on it. He thanked EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US that day, telling us that we were doing this so his son's wife wouldn't suffer the same tragedy that his had.

The next group of people were four women, bald and beautiful, and under chemo. They rattled cowbells and blew whistles and threw candies at us, and thanked us for helping them.

It's personal for me. I know this is personal for a lot of you, too.

I have three favors to ask.

1. Please, Please consider making a donation to my team, so we can all help these women. Even if it's one dollar, it's one dollar more than they had. If you would rather send cash or a check, please email me at stoney.onlj[at]gmail.com for information on how to do so. every dollar counts and means so much!

2. If you have a loved one that didn't win their fight against breast cancer and you would like for me to carry their name with me to the Winner's Circle, it would be my honor. Leave a comment with their name, and you'll know they are surrounded with people who want to help others win this fight.

3. REGULARLY CHECK YOUR BREASTS. Make it fun! Get someone else to do it for you. ;) Early detection is the key. Last time in 2006, I had a someone on my flist that heeded the advice, found a lump, and immediately had surgery. I'm talking within 2 weeks of me mentioning this. She made it through with flying colors, but that's because SHE FOUND SOMETHING and CHECKED IT OUT. Don't think that being 20 protects you. In 2006 there was a grandpa that did all 12 3-day walks in memory of his 21 year old grand daughter who died from breast cancer. PLEASE. It's so simple to do, and so important that you do it.

Climbing off my soapbox now. :)

The final days are coming up for donations. And really: maybe skip a Starbucks today and send 3 bucks to someone who needs medical treatment to stay alive? I know that sounds overly dire, but it's the reality. For those that have made donations, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I won't let you down come November 7th!

(And feel free to share the link to my team's donation page with anyone that you know that wants to contribute.)

[ETA] for clarity: I have a team this year, Team Lackadasies. My partner is Christienne, and as she is way below her goal due to a combination of things (her office forbidding her to fundraise on their property and living in a new place), I linked to her name for any incoming donations. What's important is that the money goes to the women who need it, right? Thanks for bringing that to my attention, and sorry for the confusion!

Comments

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jennem
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hey.

I just wanted to let you know that the link to your donation site in this post is different from the link to your donation site in other posts, and I wanted to make sure that I was donating to the right one...

This is what comes up in this post.

And, this is what came up on your pasts posts. So, I'm a bit confused.

pluckygirl
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing.
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
see the eta for clarification. :D
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I've mentioned before that I have a team that I'm raising funds for, but I failed to mention that again here. Either location is fine, I'm just trying to boost my team mate's number as we cover the difference in our goal and what we actually raise.
jennem
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, great! If you don't care, then I don't care. :D
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, not at all! It all goes to the right place, regardless who brings it in. (Also, I have some cash donations not showing on my total, so I'm almost there. She has a loooong way to go! *sad face*)
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks for that donation. We really appreciate it! *squish*
jennem
Oct. 15th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
No problem! Its a great cause. My great grandmother was a breast cancer survivor (she died of natural causes several years ago).

I'm actually thinking about participating in the 3-day next year, when lawschool/wedding/symposium isn't blowing up in my face. :D

stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, good for you! It really is one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I highly recommend it! (I mean, I'm doing it again, and will do it every year)
tidbit2008
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
If you would, please carry "Glynda Dya" to the winner's circle. She was a friend of my mom's who died from breast cancer about 7 years ago. She battled it off and on for years and the last time it came back, it was just all her body could handle. She was in her late 40s.
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
*hugs you bunches* I will bring her right there with me, and it will be my pleasure to do so.

*hugs you and your mom more, just because*
tidbit2008
Oct. 15th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks *hugs back*
scribll
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Done!
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH!! I really appreciate it.

<3
kseenaa
Oct. 15th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
My grandmother died in cancer, not breast-cancer though but she had cancer in her liver. Took her life. Any cancer is evul and should be fought. A good thing your doing there.
stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm right there with you on it being a horrible thing. Every single adult in my husband's family has had some form of cancer. EVERY SINGLE one. Yikes.
kseenaa
Oct. 15th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Scary. Wanted to show off this icon. It is shareable, just credit h0llz who made it. :-)
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stoney321
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
They're just rotten over there, they really are.

And thank you - you've helped tremendously, I might add!! And heee - she came up with our team name. :D
chantal87
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hello sweetness. I donated a week or so ago. I'm not sure if it was on your page or your team-mate's.
Anyhoo.... if you could carry my Mother in laws name to the winners circle I would be super happy.
Her name was Catherine Caudill. She lost her battle with breast cancer 12 years ago.

This is such a wonderful thing you are doing.
I <3 U
stoney321
Oct. 16th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
ILU M!

I *did* see your donation, and a thousand apollogies for not sending you a thank you! *face palm* I don't know how I let that slip past me, so sorry! THANK YOU.

And it would be my honor to bring her there with me. <3
14bitsy
Oct. 15th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Done! Hope you make the goal with the same pair of legs!
Nancy
stoney321
Oct. 16th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Oh, Nancy!! Thank you so much. That's so very generous of you. And hahaha, if I could borrow a set of legs for the event, I think I would be keen on that! I'll take Flo Jo's, don't you think? :D

*hugs you bunches*
lostlo
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the correction, I was completely flummoxed by the 10mph thing, but I didn't want to comment all "O RLY?!" and seem like a hater. Especially given the reason for the walking :)

With me it's not starbucks or donating, it's more charity a or charity b, but I'll kick you a few bucks when I'm at a computer.

The 6mph thing is still pretty fast. I walk to/from work, and I don't get much better than 4. Impressive! A 9-minute mile is about how fast I can run, lol.
domenowtrent
Oct. 16th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Names, please
Geraldine Falconer - Great Grandmother, died of breast cancer at age 52
Lois Geraldine Martin - Grandmother, currently undergoing chemo therapy. Last I talked to my mom, I think Grandma is going to have a double mastectomy later this year
stoney321
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Names, please
I will gladly bring them with me. And my best wishes for your grandma (and you and your mom, too.)
zyrya
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Stop fucking making me cry with the cancer stories.

*sniffles*

*massages your legs*
stoney321
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I will come back with awesome stories of joy and joyness and joyment, I am certain!!!

Ooooooh, right at the Achilles..... *purr*
realpestilence
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
I donated, and I posted a note with your link in my lj, so maybe a few stragglers will stop by. :)
stoney321
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
:D

I just left a message at your LJ and you are FANTASTIC inside and out! <3
elebridith
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Found this via... ummm... some flist where realpestilence's entry showed up. I just donated a little and I think it is awesome that you do this! Thankfully I have no losses from breast cancer in my area so far, but that can happen sooner as you think, so... yeah. Good luck!
stoney321
Oct. 27th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
You made a donation?? *chokes up* Thank you so very much. Truly, every single dollar given turns .into a tremendous help, so don't you pooh pooh that amount! I'm grateful for it.

Thank you so very much!!!
free_reverie
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Would you please carry Jane Peterson's name? She was one of my mom's best friends from high school and she died last year after fighting breast and ovarian cancer. She was an incredibly sweet woman, and came to my high school graduation even though she was sick from chemo.

Seriously, what you're doing makes me believe that good things can happen in the world. Keep it up, you're an inspiration to us all. And I just donated a bit (wish I had more), and I really hope you make your goal.
stoney321
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs you so hard your feet come up off the ground!*

I just saw that donation, and let me tell you: no amount is too small, every bit really helps! Thank you.

And it would be my honor to carry Jane's name with me! What a sweet woman to support you - it's only fitting that we bring her with us!
moosesal
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I thought I had posted my name, but I didn't. So here it is:

Cora Leindecker

Thanks, babe.
stoney321
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Added with my pleasure!

And I just saw the second donation. Sal, thank you so much. I just love you to bits, you know.
moosesal
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Basically it's one donation split in half. ;-)
secondalto
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Could you carry my grandmother's name (dad's mom)? Dorothea Pray. She survived her battle only to pass on a few years later because of her heart. She's my inspiration and the reason why Breast Cancer awareness is my charity of choice.
stoney321
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I consider it an honor and privilege to carry her name with me! Thank you very much for your support for this charity. *loves*
windstar
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
If you could carry my grandmother, Sally Tarver, I would appreciate it. She survived breast cancer at 70, and is now 86 years old, but is having metastized tumors in her eyes that they cannot remove, so her prognosis isn't great. However, she did have several years after her mastectomy to enjoy life, and my family walks in every 3 day or race for the cure that we are near, plus donating to every one...and I use my grandmother as an inspiration every year when I go and have my annual exams, not to mention the (much more fun) monthly checks!

Thanks for doing this, don't let people get you down.
stoney321
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I will happily bring her along for the ride! I'm so happy to hear about the support her fight and brought on in your family, what a great tribute!

And nothing can bring me down right now, I'm so excited for this to happen! It's something I look forward to every year. :)
dragonflylady77
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hey.
I'd love for you to carry my friend Lisa Knapman-Smith who is 29 and dying of breast cancer (that spread to the lymph system). Her little boy who was born 16 weeks early only just turned one. Life sucks sometimes.

You walk waaaaaaaaay faster than me..

*huggles*

*cheers you on cos you're amazing*
stoney321
Nov. 1st, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight* I would be absolutely honored to take her with me in spirit. Life really does suck sometimes. I'm glad to know she has a good friend like you, though. *more hugs*
(Anonymous)
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Lisa Knapman-Smith
DragonflyLady77 has already requested this, but I'd like to add my bit. Lisa is an amazing lady, please please please carry her name. She is so beautiful, she is going through the most intense pain but still manages a smile now and then. Not only was her son born 16 weeks early, but so were her girls, Lil Laine and Eden passed, Eden just a day after she was born and Laine just shy of 6 months. It is both comforting and excrutiatinly sad that she will join them :( My dear friend is losing her battle, I wish I could take away her pain.
Please could you also carry my Aunt Fays name, Fay Nunes Vaz lost her battle with breast cancer, bravely fighting for her 2 sons and 2 daughters on this earth, however she went to be with her son who died of cancer at just 2 years old, this was over 20 years ago, I remember my aunts bubbly smile to this day.
Kind regards, and well wishes for your walk.
Manda
stoney321
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Lisa Knapman-Smith
Hi Manda-

I have nothing but well wishes for your friend, but please understand that this particular post is from November. I'll wish and hope for comfort and ease for your friend, of course, but please know that I did the cancer walk months ago.
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