Friday, September 23, 2011

Portland Race for the Cure!

Hey all, DQ here!

As most of you know, my mom’s books are made of three key ingredients: faith, hope, and love. It’s why we love her and those romantic heroines who always seem to come out on top. Coincidentally, these same ingredients are what serve as the recipe for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, and it should’ve come as no surprise when mom started ”seeing pink” this month. states that, “Each week in Oregon 51 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 9 will die from the disease. It is estimated that in Washington each week 86 women are diagnosed with the disease and about 15 will die. Oregon and Washington have some of the highest breast cancer rates in the country, although the specific reason is unknown.” Wow! As you can see, this is a disease that’s had a huge impact on our community, and yours too. Did you know that breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths? We couldn’t believe it! So, we laced up our tennis shoes, bundled up the babes, and fought for those who could no longer fight for themselves.

Adorned in all things pink, BQ and I walked Susan G. Komen’s 5K Race for
the Cure, teaching our girls what it meant to give your heart to others- Even if they are women we will never even meet. The feeling of sisterhood reigned high in a sea of almost 30,000! I couldn’t help but feel a sense of empowerment as we walked side by side with breast cancer survivors and a sense of compassion as women carrying signs that read, “I walk in memory of...” stood tall in front of us. The day was grey but our moods were bright, because we knew that every set of feet that marched through Portland that morning would carry us one step closer to a cure that will change lives.

On the last mile, it started to rain, and we all made a mad dash for the finish line- Women were hugging, children let their balloons into the air, and an overwhelming sense of hope fell across us all. That day, Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure raised $680,000! So, thank you to everyone who supported our team! We can’t wait for next year!


There is still time to donate to Lucy's team! You can donate and receive a free signed book with donation
until October 1st. The link to our team's donation page is here:

Details for the free book:

Thank you to everyone who has supported this worthy cause!


marybelle said...

A very worthy cause indeed!!

Judy said...

Go you!! I doing Race for the Cure with my sister (a survivor), in a couple of weeks. We've been walking together, every year, since she hit her five-year mark.

Virginia said...

What a great cause and an awesome thing to do. My grandmother died of breast cancer, so far no one else in the family has had it. Thank God!!!

catslady said...

A great cause. My oldest daughter did the race this year in Pittsburgh for the first time. I was out of town but I hope to do it with her next year.

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks so much for doing the "Johnny on the Spot" report for our team! I love you and I'm so proud of you and your sister and your willingness to get out there on behalf of causes you believe in! :)

Jane said...

Great to hear how much money was raised for this cause.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

What a great Race for the Cure!!Congrats!!

Judy F said...

You all are awesome for doing that. Smooches