We have made it – our Team of 5 walked 39 miles in support of the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation to help fund services for low-income women. Now we get to bask in the moment of celebration.
The music swells, and they announce the march-in:
First – the wonderful crew that has helped us the last 2 days (and we admit that even The Butterfly Lady played her part in getting us to the finish line – maybe tough love is what we needed). We cheer for her, too.
Then come the walkers.
And then – they announce the survivors. Hilary and I are in the survivor group in our pink t-shirts. We march in all together. Everyone is crying. It is hugely emotional – it is why we are here.
The Avon CEO – who walked all 39 miles(!) – announces that we have raised $6.4 million dollars and introduces different groups that will receive grants from the money we have raised. Representatives of these groups tell us what they do:
- Funds to help underserved women navigate a breast cancer diagnosis
- Funds to pay for mammograms for low-income women
- Funds to pay for translation services for non-English-speaking women who are newly diagnosed
- Funds to pay for meals for breast cancer patients and their families
- Seed money for research
And the grants go on and on. We realize that we are having a direct impact on breast cancer patients and that our sore feet and aching backs are worth it. We have made a difference.
Statistics from the Walk
Team Carolina Girls
Funds raised: $11,856
Number of Donations: 120
Ages 16 to 82
Funds Raised: $6.4 million
Thanks for everyone’s support!
We ALL made a difference.