Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Charlotte (Part 2 – Event Eve)

The Golden State Girls  did not arrive in Charlotte until much later than planned and didn’t get to bed until early Friday morning.  As a result, we got a bit of a late start on Friday.  We decided that the first order of business was to find something to eat. By the time we got going it was nearly lunch time and after consulting our trusty iPhones, we decided to try to find a place called The Common Market.  Best decision ever!

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The Common Market  had yummy food and drink offerings like pimento cheese (a regional favorite), sandwiches, beer, wine, small batch Kombucha (beet ginger – sooo good) and cookie crisps.  The people who worked there were really nice and helpful.   The customers were an interesting mix of business people and young hipsters.  It was “Wine Friday”, so we bought a bottle of wine and made like the locals, sitting on the patio sipping the afternoon away.  One of the best parts of the afternoon was when Anna and her daughter Julia arrived from South Carolina to visit with us and support us on our walk.  It made for a relaxing day of people watching and catching up, which is exactly what we needed the day before the walk was to start.

Late in the afternoon we reluctantly bid farewell to Anna and Julia and made our way back to the hotel to check in for the walk.  Event Eve  is always an exciting time with a lot of positive energy.  We ran into Ashley, the Crew and Volunteer Coordinator for the Santa Barbara walk which was extra special.   We had the pleasure of chatting with Barbara Jo Kirshbaum who is an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer legend.   It was such a treat and a real pleasure to be able to talk with her.  She is a true inspiration.  She gave us each one of her signature pins (which I proudly wore on my water pack throughout the walk).

IMG_4275 I had a $96 check with me that I knew was above and beyond what I needed to make my minimum.  I was drawn to a woman who was standing quietly with a man near the entrance to the ballroom where event eve was being held.  She had a sign that indicated that she was a survivor and her daughter was walking, but needed donations. I handed her the folded check, she thanked me without looking at it and I walked away.  I glanced back to see her open the check, see her eyes widen and the smile spread on her face.  I don’t think she expected the check to be for $96.  I am so glad I was able to help and to bring some joy to someone that day.

After event eve, we headed off to get some dinner followed by prepping for the next morning and then it was to bed for us.  We had an early morning ahead followed by a long day of walking.

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Find Your Om Balance  – Terri