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RECAP OF 2009 AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

2009 was the first year I did not walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  Instead, I participated as a crew member – one of the event photographers at the Boston, New York and Charlotte walks.  It was a truly awesome experience.  For each event, I was given a sign for my truck windshield which read “Press”  and a button to wear reading “Photo Crew”.  As I walked around, I asked people to smile while I took their pictures.  There wasn’t a single person who said, “No”.  Most people were more than happy to mug for the camera, others smiled shyly.

DSC_5794My favorite subjects are people who came out to cheer for the walkers.  These people take time out of their day on either Saturday or Sunday to stand along the route and encourage the walkers.  Some bring homemade signs.  Others wear pink and wave pompoms.  Some even dress up their dogs with a pink bow.  In each city, there are impromptu cheering stations along the walk route.

The group in this photo were from a local radiology center in Charlotte.  Seven of the eight people were dressed in pink and one was in white representing the one in eight people who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

I was able to view the walk from a different perspective this year.  In the past, when I walked the route, I saw the backs of the walkers ahead of me.  Many walkers wear signs on their backs which explain why they walk.  It might be for a mother who has passed away from breast cancer, a friend who is a survivor, or for themselves.  One time I was behind a guy who was pushing a stroller with a young child.  On his back was a sign which included a woman’s picture and the words “For my wife, I miss you” and the birth and death years.  That is one of the most poignant  memories I have of the walk.

boston_survAt each of the closing ceremonies,  I had the opportunity to be up on stage to photograph the crowd.  It is really fascinating to watch the play of emotions across the faces of the people.  They are all smiles as they stride into the barricaded area in front of the stage.  First the walkers come in on the left and right sides.  Then, the survivors wearing their light pink t-shirts and waving white pompoms come in.  They are followed by the youth crew in their yellow sweatshirts.  Behind them comes the crew members in their blue crew shirts and costumes.  Many of the rest stop crews choose themes for their stops and dress up accordingly.

During the speeches, the crowd becomes subdued, listening to the personal story of one of the walkers.  A video is shown, during which many of the people start to cry as they are reminded of loved ones who have been touched by cancer. Finally, the crowd comes together, clasping hands and cheering as they celebrate their accomplishments of raising awareness, money and completing the walk.

Over the 3 walks this year, I took 5,400 photos!  Quite amazing, if you ask me.  I have posted them on my Flickr account.  Some of the photos made it to the AvonWalk.org website:  Boston, New York, and Charlotte (my photos have the file name DSC_xxxx). 

WHY I WALK

People ask me why I walk, and raise money, and am so involved with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. To understand, watch this short video I made and look at the pictures of the youth crew members in their bright yellow sweatshirts. The tears they shed are for mothers who have died from breast cancer. One of them said at the evening activity at the Boston walk, she wishes she could have a hug from her mother. Need I say more as to why I do this?

Money from the Avon Walk supports many organizations that help women coping with cancer right now. Including support for more than 95 “safety net” hospitals that treat the medically underserved, offering unique and vital Patient Navigator programs and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.  

The Avon Foundation has helped more than 1,000,000 women in the U.S. receive a mammogram. More than two-thirds of these women were uninsured, and more than half were from minority populations. 

Giving up just one venti latte or bringing a brown bag lunch one day a week would allow you to donate up to $20 in a month !  Please considering helping women with breast cancer by sponsoring me with a secure online donation through the Avon Foundation website. 

VISIT MY BLOG

Follow along as I prepare for the walk.  Posts include information about training, fundraising and general musings on life.  Learn about the members of our household - Charlie the Keeshond, Ruby the Beagle and Chicken the cat. www.amberstang.wordpress.com

FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES

Fundraising is an important part of the Avon Walk.  The money raised goes to support many important initiatives. Over the years, I have tried a number of different strategies to raise money.  I've included a list on my blog. amberstang.wordpress.com

THINKING ABOUT WALKING THIS YEAR?

Walkers participating in the New York, NY 2007 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Want to spend one of the most amazing weekends of your life ?  Consider signing up to walk in one of the nine cities: Houston, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Rocky Mountains, San Francisco, Los Angels, New York or Charlotte.  Visit the Avon Walk website for more information.

Having walked the 39.3 miles Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City the past 3 years, I have learned a few tips and tricks. So if you are considering walking this year, learn about preventing blisters, staying hydrated and dealing with swollen hands.

WATCH VIDEOS FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS

Watch all the video photo montages I created from my NY Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and other events on YouTube  videos.

 

Music on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York, NY 2006 and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York, NY 2007 is provided by Michael Karn.

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CURRENT DONATION LEVEL

My goal for 2010 is $5,000.  That represents 50 mammograms for people who otherwise could not afford one.

I'll need the the support of many people to reach this goal.  I hope I can count on you, too.

Make an online donation through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer secure website.

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IN MEMORY OF MY GRANDMOTHER

In the late 1970's, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. At that time, treatment options were very limited.

She was able to bravely fight the disease for a short time with the aid of strong pain killers.

I am walking in her memory and with the hope a cure can be found soon so others will be able to have their grandmother around to cry at their wedding.

WHY AM I WALKING ?

For a friend who died at age 36 of breast cancer.Pink ribbon for breast cancer

For my maternal grandmother who died of breast cancer.

For 2 friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer and are survivors.

For numerous colleagues who were diagnosed with breast cancer.

So no one else will have to hear "You have cancer".

AVON WALK PSA

Jeremy created this public service announcement for my first Avon Walk in 2006. Watch video.

 

 

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