Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Komen 5K Walk/Run

It's not the best picture, but it's proof we did it! This year was our 2nd year to participate in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure! Last year I missed the survivor photo by 5 minutes...this year I made it on time! Last year the girls and I half ran, half walked the 5K...this year because of my recent surgeries, we walked the whole 3.2 miles. Next year, I plan to run! I have a year to work up to it! David ran both years and even got a better time this year than last. It was a muggy day, but worth it! We had lots of fun with some of our family and friends who walked with us this year!

It's hard to explain the atmosphere...nearly 10,000 people supporting loved ones who have survived breast cancer, are currently fighting, or who lost the battle. The race is definitely something I hope my family gets to be a part of for many years to come!

The day after the walk, I ran into a lady that I just met in August of this year. She said, "I didn't know that you were a breast cancer survivor." I said, "Yes, how did you just find out?" She went on to tell me how she had been walking in the Komen race as well. Ahead of her, she saw a women with a sign on her back that said, "Celebrating...and my name!" She asked the lady about it and the lady said that she did not know me personally, but a friend of hers had mentioned my name as a fairly new survivor, so she was walking in my honor! I got chills. To think that some woman I don't know was walking in the same race that day with my name on her back, celebrating me as a breast cancer survivor! Such a cool, cool thing!

The race is a great reminder that I am almost done with this part of my journey. One more outpatient procedure coming up in October, and then the last part of the reconstruction in January as I celebrate my "2 years cancer free!" Not a bad way to start a new year!


Julie & Patrick said...

How exciting! It just goes to show how the power of people coming together to support a cause can effect so many.

Great story!


Anonymous said...

I think the photo is terrific! I'm so grateful for your health and recovery and continue to pray over the coming 3-4 months as you finish up reconstructive "stuff". I love you, Candi, and pray for you daily! These walks are truly exhilarating and "food for the soul". I know the feeling for having participated in walks of my own. HUGS!

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing woman, and well worth honoring on a total stranger's race bib! I don't know if I would be able to stop crying at that race . . . tears of joy, and sorrow, and joy again. It feels so good to read "two years cancer free."