web analytics

American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk – Tacoma, Washington

A few weeks ago our family had the pleasure of supporting a cause that means a lot to me. In this post I share the story of my Great Grandmother who passed away rather suddenly after her diagnoses. Breast cancer is one of those things that has affected almost everyone I know in some way or the other so in raising money and walking I am helping to support research, screening, and care for women.

This year the plan was to have all the kiddos walk with me, and as a family we would support a cause close to my heart. The only thing about living in the pacific northwest is that you never know what the weather may do and it turned out to be a very rainy and wet day. With an infant and two small children I decided to walk alone and send them somewhere warm and out of the rain. My daughters were looking forward to supporting this cause with me but in the end I’m glad I got to do it alone. It allowed me to look around and reflect at the women next to me. It allowed me to hear stories of survivors so brave and their supports which were a plenty.  I know that if my great grandmother were here she would be looking down and supporting me.

Shortly after mile 2 I broke down and cried. I cry a lot when I run but something about the sea of pink and the women and men there to support them made it all overwhelming. So much love happened, so much strength.  I have already signed up for next years walk which is in March in Portland, Oregon and am raising money until the walk in March of 2013. I hope to continue to support Making Strides and the American Cancer Society and fight for less cancer.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer.

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).”


  1. Christine Wooldridge on December 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    love your sweatshirt

  2. Sandy VanHoey on October 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Congrats on doing the walk! It is wonderful we have people like you who are out supporting this cause

  3. Janet W. on October 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Those benefits are always so touching. I don’t blame you for crying!