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Family and Friends,

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was this past weekend 2-3 May 2009. With your help, I raised money and was able to have the privilege to walk this weekend with over 3000 other participants from 40 states, including 271 breast cancer survivors. We all joined together to raise lifesaving funds and awareness for breast cancer in a walk for the cure. This year, there was a team ten of us, who called ourselves the Legion Ladies, that participated and we raised over $21,000 - you all ROCK! The $18,000 goal seemed insurmountable, but with all of your help we exceeded it - YOU ARE WONDERFUL! The Washington DC walk raised over $6.8 million. Most of which is used in the local area to help those with breast cancer. It can be used to help the under privileged, to help with new ways to try and beat it, to help with many ways to help. More about that later in my email.

From a personal perspective, I said this year that I would try and walk every step in memory of my good friend, Brenda Joyce Williams, who passed away 10 months ago. Well, I was able to walk 22 1/2 miles on Saturday, the weather did hold out for us! Then I walked the half marathon, 13.1 miles in the rain on Sunday. It rained every step of the way....but determination or stubbornness won out. As I crossed the finish line with Betty and Cindy, tears streamed down my face, once again for my friend Brenda. She was my inspiration and my driving force for the weekend. I love her dearly.

Since I crossed the finish line, I have been trying to think of the best way to thank each one of you for such a wonderful weekend...that support could have been by sending money, attending the fundraiser, baking, cooking, making baskets, calling or just by showing your general support. It was all important to me. A generic thank you simply doesn't seem sufficient. Rather, I thought it fitting to reflect on some special moments of the race and perhaps, in sharing those, you will understand how extraordinary this walk is and how thankful I am to you all for your generosity in helping me meet my goals and showing such outstanding support.

So here goes:
* It was awesome to see hundreds of volunteers working tirelessly throughout the weekend at packet pickup, handing out water, Gatorade, and food/snacks, helping us cross the busy intersections, cheering us on, passing out candy and fruit as we walked by their houses and places of business, driving the buses and sweep vans for when we were sure that we could not take another step, picking up the trash and the doctors and nurses that gave up their weekend as well to burst and treat our blisters, our sprains, and our bodies.
* Moments of inspiration were abundant, like at opening ceremonies, when we listened to the stories of survival. You looked around the crowd and saw many a tear flowing. When you looked around the ceremonies and saw another 3000 people just like me that were there for the support for a cure for breast cancer, it was just amazing.
* Jen (a teammate) received a sash, that was passed out every three minutes for the weekend, which represented another person being diagnosed with breast cancer, their lives forever altered, even as a survivor.

Clearly, these are just a few reflections but they are important to me. To me the weekend represented camaraderie, family, community, friendship, love, strength, determination, and faith and I want to thank each of you for making it possible for me to participate in this walk for the cure for breast cancer for the third year! You are an awesome part of my world and I love you all very much!! And as our saying went for the weekend....WE ALL ROCK!!!!!

Many Thanks and love to you all, Brenda



Dear Friend:

I'm writing to tell you that for the third straight year I am part of a team of people getting ready to take extraordinary steps (many, many steps!) to help fight breast cancer here at home and throughout the country. This year I am dedicating my walk to a very dear friend, Brenda Joyce Williams, who lost her life to this dreadful disease. Please read my webpage (just click on the link below) to see all of the reasons why I walk. You are all important to me and I walk for each of you and your families, both present and future.

On May 2-3, the Legion Ladies of Post 162 will be among thousands of people dedicating their weekend to walking as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. We'll walk the distance of a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) in those two days. You and the American Legion Post 162 have been instrumental to me in raising donations for our walks. We have two big fundraisers planned this year. The first one will be at Kate's Irish Pub in Springfield on Saturday, February 28. We will have lots of fun, raffles, prizes, and a bake sale. Please come out, have a little fun, and support us. The second one will be on Saturday, March 21, 2009, our team will be hosting a fundraiser for our 3rd Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at the American Legion, Post 162, in Lorton, Va. There will a lot of food, fun, prizes, raffles, music, bake sale, dancing, singing and FUN!! Save the date & join us. . . . please invite all of your friends!!

Together, we'll spend the next few months training, fundraising, and preparing for the event. It's the biggest challenge I've ever taken on, but I'm very excited about doing it because I know it will make a real difference to the millions of people affected by breast cancer.

EACH team member commits to raising at least $1,800 to participate; our cumulative goal is $16,200, although we hope to raise more! Please help to support our efforts and the breast cancer cause by making a generous contribution. You can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message, which will bring you to our team page where you can learn more about our team members and reasons for walking. If you go to my webpage and find that I have met my goal, please go to our team page and donate to another member of the that we all may walk.

Please remember as you're making your donation that in less than the time it took to read this e-mail, another woman in the U.S. was diagnosed with breast cancer one every three minutes.

The money raised goes to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, whose mission is to fund access to care and finding a cure. They provide funding to organizations all over the country in five areas: medical research, clinical care, support services, educational and advocacy seminars, and community-based, non-profit early detection breast health programs. Much of the money raised will stay right here to help people in our city.

Thank you for your support.

Love you all! Brenda

P.S. You can find out more about the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by visiting

Click here to visit my personal page.

Click here to view the team page for Legion Ladies-Post 162



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