2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Race Day

Yesterday we participated in the Race for the Cure. It was a great day. We walked in the Family Walk which is about 1/2 mile. I would have liked to do the 3 mile walk, but little Emma's legs wouldn't last that long.

It worked out beautifully. Dad and Becky came down and walked with us. There were an estimated 26,000 people there which I think is an amazing turnout.

The opening ceremonies were a bit emotional for me, but I did well not to break down. I could have easily, but thought it wasn't the time or place. I was just thankful to be able to stand there knowing I'm healthy. It was quite sobering though because in front of us was a family with "In Memory Of" signs on their backs for a loved one that died just 6 days ago from this horrible disease. My heart just hurt for them.

There weren't as many pink survivor shirts as I imagined there would be and that was a bit sobering too. In my mind I had visions of a sea of pink survivor shirts, but it was really a sea of white participant shirts instead. I sure hope there were more survivors in the crowd than pink shirts or it will be hard to be encouraged. I wore my pink shirt with pride and saw many women doing so too.

I'm not much for big crowds so this was a stretch for me, but I'm very happy we did it. It seems a fitting end to a rough year. Can you believe that my 1 year anniversary is coming up November 2nd? Almost a year ago I heard the words "you have cancer". I still can't wrap my mind around it most days.

Thanks to everyone who donated in my name for the race. With just the few donations I received, you raised $290 for the cure. It doesn't sound like a lot, but every little bit helps in the fight. Thank you again!!

Here are a couple of pictures from race day.


  1. Those are some good looking pictures. Hope the summer treated ya'll good. We are busy here with school and work. Do you have another email account that I can talk to you at? Much love Dustin and the girls. dustyman131@hotmail.com

  2. I'm so glad to read your update and see those great pictures! I'd been wondering how the walk went, and my heart was moved by your description. I'm sure it was a bittersweet day for you and your family.

    My love and prayers are with you, friend!

  3. Oh Fran! Lovin' that curly hair! You are beautiful and so is that precious girl of yours. :) Rejoicing in that you have been victorious over your battle and could proudly wear your pink shirt. I was also saddened to read about the many absent pink shirts. :( May your heart be encouraged by our Savior daily. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear..." Ps 46:1,2a

    Have a great afternoon, sweet friend.