So Abby won’t have to … Part Six
To each other and about 6000 kindred spirits we are NYBlue for Pink. To the rest of you we are Loretta, Mairead, Vicki, Jill & MJ. Come October, we will for the sixth time, walk 39.3 miles …together as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. If you haven’t tried it, walking the streets of NYC for 39.3 miles has its challenges. Among them are curbs, cobblestones, crowds, hills and cracks (not to mention the occasional snake or dead rat). The Avon Walk staff does a great job of taking care of us despite those obstacles. They even offer sweep vans to take you forward if you can’t make it on your own. As we walk we are constantly reminded that each of us has arrived there by a different path but it is the same thing that propels us…hope. what a powerful motivator. So powerful that we press forward no matter how painful those steps may be “because blisters are better than chemo”. So powerful that we push and guide each other through those obstacles to put breast cancer on warning that we will keep walking because, “being swept is not an option” (even if they ask twice). Hope keeps us moving together, so our daughters… so Abby, won’t have to, so that those we have lost and those who survive can live on through our efforts. We walk so that someday breast cancer can be simply a cobblestone, a crowd, a hill or a curb, easily overcome with the help of some very special people. We will continue to walk because we, Loretta, Mairead, Jill, Vicki and MJ, truly believe that being swept should never be an option. That is why we are NYBlue for Pink and that is why we walk.
Each of the past five years some incarnation of the monster has pushed me down my path to the Avon Walk. I spent the last few months waiting for the monster to push me, only to realize that this year my motivation was not to be found in my rear view mirror but rather ahead of me on my path. This year rather than being pushed, I was being pulled. Pulled forward by the sea of pink hope that is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. What a difference a year…or five… can make. In my case, the difference between looking back with trepidation and moving forward with hope for the future. Your generosity and support give me the opportunity to walk and to make hope tangible…if even just for a weekend. For that, I will be forever grateful.
Be Well and Get Screened,
MJ & NYBlue for Pink