Thursday, April 1, 2010

I Am Walking Again, and I Need Your Help!

I have decided that after walking in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk last year, I would walk this year in this awesome walk. It is for such a great cause. I decided that I would walk on Heather and Stephanie's Team.

Hear is a little information about the team I joined:

2010 Columbus Race for the Cure

Heather and Stefanie's Team

Welcome to our Heather and Stephanie Komen Race for the Cure® Team Page!

As members of this team, we are each playing a part in helping Susan G. Komen for the Cure® end breast cancer forever. We?re counting on every member of our team to raise as much as possible. We also ask that each visitor to our team page to act today with a meaningful donation to this fight. Remember that your donation will make a difference in our community.

You can make a donation to our team by clicking on the Donate button at the top or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below.

Thank you for taking this step today for Komen Race for the Cure!

About Stefanie Spielman and Heather Pick
Stefanie Spielman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 in 1998. She established the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research after her initial diagnosis, considering it a life mission to raise money and awareness. She became a public figure for her outreach and was a frequent sight at Komen Columbus events and the Race for the Cure, including serving as the emcee and keynote speaker for several events. Stefanie received an award from Komen Columbus in 2007 celebrating her dedication to raising awareness and funds for the disease and helped kick-off the Race several years in a row.

After her diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 29 in 1999, Heather Pick, an anchorwoman for the WBNS-10TV, the CBS Affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, became a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness and an active member of the central Ohio community. Heather learned in 2004 that the disease she had beaten once had returned. Heather participated in many breakthrough new treatments and remained on-air during much of her treatment, saying once, "I don't want people looking at me with puppy dog eyes? I don't want to make this a 'Woe is me' thing."

Throughout both of their very public battles with this disease, Stefanie and Heather fought courageously while helping others and raising millions for cancer research.

Through the Spielman?s research foundation and more than 100 other community events they organized, Stefanie and her husband Chris raised $6.5 million for breast cancer research for the Ohio State University's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Heather was an unwavering champion for breast cancer awareness and education. She received a community volunteer award from Komen Columbus in 2006, served as the emcee for Komen Columbus? 2007 Committed to the Cure award luncheon and participated annually in the Race for the Cure, including emceeing the Race several years. In her last public appearance, Heather hosted the "Spirit Celebration with Heather Pick," raising almost $500,000 for the Columbus Cancer Clinic. Heather?s last appearance on WBNS-10TV was to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Heather lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 38 on November 7, 2008. Stefanie lost her fifth bout with cancer at the age of 42 on November 19, 2009.

In addition to being friends, both these women were mothers and wives and loved by many. Their presence will be missed, but their mission to end breast cancer will continue.

Make a Race donation

Now, no matter where you live you can do the same thing that I am doing. Susan G. Komen For the Cure is all over the United States. I recommend that you find a place close to you that is having a walk/run and sign up. You can find a location here. The nice thing about the race I am is, is that it is a 5K (3.1 miles) and you can either do a 5K Competitive run, a 5K run, a 5K walk or a 1 mile family walk. There are so many opportunities. When I walked in the Making Strides walk last October, it was a 5K but they told us it was just over 4 miles. 3.1 miles seems like a long ways but really it isn't all that far. My family and friends that walked in that had a great time and I am looking forward to this walk this year.

Columbus Race for the Cure

Information was obtained via Susan G Komen Race for a Cure website.


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