Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Santa Barbara 2013

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On September 7 and 8, 2013 I  participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Santa Barbara.  It was my 11th AWBC event.  I have walked and crewed events and I find both walking and crewing very rewarding.

I participate with AWBC because it is a well run organization.  A large portion of the money raised in each city is gifted to hospitals and other agencies supporting breast cancer causes (detection, research, treatment) in the area around the city that the walk takes place.  At closing ceremony grants are presented live to 8 or 9 of the receiving agencies so you  see exactly where some of the money raised is going.

My association with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer started when my friend Jessica and I decided to walk what was  the last of the 3 day AWBC events.  The next year we decided to crew and were asked to be team leaders for the traffic team.  After that we started recruiting family and friends.  We now run Rest Stop 2 with a team made up of family and friends.  Sometimes members skip a year to have a baby or get married, but most everyone comes back again and again.   Crewing wiht family and friends makes the event that much more special.  We added a new member this year, Ryan, who is the husband of a returning member.  I think he is hooked.

This year we had a baseball theme – Saving Second Base

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Working as a crew member for the Southern California event is always rewarding, fun, amazing, emotional and exhausting, but mostly it is character building and soul soothing.  I am not sure if it is the same at every event, but for the Southern California event, many of the team leaders (like Jessica and I) and crew come back year after year.  Each year is like a reunion of old friends.  The staff comes and goes, but the volunteers keep coming back and seriously – where else can you see a 6 foot 4 inch bear of man riding a fierce Harley Davidson with a pink wind shield while wearing a pink helmet with a mohawk on it?  Or a cowboy in pink sparkly boots who also happens to ride a Harley and dances as he serves as a crossing guard for 1600 walkers – most of who are women?  It is worth getting up at 3:30 AM just for that!

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I got involved not because of a family history of breast cancer, but because breast cancer is a terrible disease that impacts so many people.   I stress people because men  get breast cancer too.  I, like so many other people,  know many who are survivors and others who succumbed to this disease.  I have seen how this  impacts people in big and small ways.  I don’t want my nieces to have to worry about ever being impacted by breast cancer – or any cancer.

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On October 26 and 27, 2013 I will be walking the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer  in Charlotte with my friends Jessica and Kristina. We have named our little team the “Golden State Girls”.  We will walk 39.3 miles over  two days.  We will have many experiences and make memories in those 2 days that we will never forget.

I hope that everyone will be inspired to find something they believe in and get involved.  Everyone can do something-donate, volunteer, pray, smile at a stranger – just do something.  We are all on this planet together and everyone has something to share.  A little good Karma never hurt anyone.

Find Your Om Balance – Terri

PS – if you want to help me reach my fundraising goal for the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer – Charlotte, please click on the link below this post!