24 Oct 2011, 8:25am
Of Food and Love:
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  • Of Food And Love: Making Strides 5k

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    Saturday was a great day.  I had the wonderful, awesome privilege of walking a 5k in support of a friend of mine who has breast cancer and will soon be undergoing a bilateral mastectomy.  She is 31.  My age.  Her name is Crystal.  I met her at the gym last year while trying to run my way through winter on the dreadmill.  We started chatting about California…then she invited me over for a little scrap-booking and our friendship developed from there.  We ran a 5k together earlier this year, celebrated 4th of July together with a group of her wonderful friends…she and her husband are such sweet people.

    But Saturday close to 50 of her friends showed up to “make strides” with her on her journey.  I wore my homemade *Team Tice* shirt.

    She was one of two special speakers who shared their stories.  It was a bit emotional.  She is one of the lucky ones.  It was by accident that she found that fateful lump.  She implored each of us women to make sure we’re checking ourselves monthly and to not make light of such a serious disease.  Cancer is no respecter of persons, it will attack who it wants…

     

    Some people showed up in their big girl panties.

     

    Others in their boas.

     

    But everyone was there for the same reason.  To “make strides” for the cure. 

     

    Crystal’s group had the largest turn out of supporters and the highest amount of money raised.  I was so proud to be there with everyone for her.

     

    Ah, the company of good friends, look how many people showed up for her.  It warmed my heart and I’d do it again, for her, too.

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