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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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POST 3-Day/60 Mile Walk

I'm back from the 3-Day/60 Mile Walk and I feel great (kinda.)!!!!!! I went with my team, "Boob Patrol", and camped out with one of the girls, Julie.

Turns out the route was longer than 60 miles. I heard from a couple different people and crew members that it was between 67 and close to 69 miles. I admit I did not walk every single step of the route. I did, however, walk over 60 miles and accomplish 63 miles of the route!!!

We walked through Schiller Park, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge, Norridge, Des Plaines, River Grove, Chicago and so on....

Opening ceremony was emotional and it was amazing to see all the walkers with their shirts and carrying signs of the people they were there walking for (either survivors of BC or those who lost the battle with BC). There was man there who was walking for his wife who passed away from BC 6 months ago and a woman who was there to walk for her mom who had BC but turns out she was diagnosed with it herself a month ago.

I was amazed at the people in the residential areas that would come out of their houses and cheer you on as you passed by and offer you water, ice, candy, etc. There were designated "Cheering Stations" where people gathered to cheer you on, hand out stuff to you and it truly helped to keep you going knowing there were people there who supported and cared about what you were doing and how you were doing.

The 3 days were hot as hell and pretty much all the walking was in the blazing sun. I was drenched in water most of the time just to keep cool. Aside from the hot sun, it downpoured in my tent Sunday morning at 3am and everything of ours got soaked...yeah.

The last day, I had to take a break from some of the walking just because I didnt want to overdo it and injure myself where I wouldnt be able to work Wednesday. Both my ankles are sore and weak and I pulled my left groin muscle. Motrin, Ice and Bengay were my best friends this weekend too! All that considered, I am doing pretty well. No muscle soreness and mre importantly...NO BLISTERS! (My friend Julie taught me to goop up my feet with vaseline at every pit stop which saved my feet...and actually a few women complimented me on my feet on the last day when they saw them!)

Crossing the finish line and getting my victory shirt was great. Watching other cross the line was really touching too. I saw a woman in her 60's who was a BC survivor cross the finish line crying as she did it with her 5 grandkids around her. I saw a man cross while wearingn a shirt that said, "For 43 years of marriage I walked WITH her. For 3 days I walk FOR her"

Throughout the weekend I met great men and women. I saw some women's mastectomy scars. I met an older women who you could easily tell had only one breast with her clothing on and I smiled when she was explaining to other people that she doesn't care to wear a fake breast in the other part of the bra because she "simply had a mastectomy and damn it, it is what it is and I don't need to hide it"

I also had been talking briefly to a girl over the weekend who was about 27 or so and I found out the very last day that he was a breast cancer survivor. I was amazed. Walkers were men (a lot of men actually) and women. Walkers were there walking for the cause itself, walking for loved ones who lost or survived breast cancer or walking for themselves after surviving breast cancer.

This was a truly awesome experience that I do not regret. I look forward to getting involved with Breast Cancer Awareness and related activities next year.

Thank you to EVERYONE (All you CLSB people rock!!!) who donated and supported me in this event....I can never truly relay how much it is all appreciated.
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I'm glad to have been a small part of this.

It's awesome that you completed all this! Congrats!

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Great news J! Thanks for walking for the 3 friends I have lost and the 3 others that are battling BC.

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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 12:45 PM
 
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great job! i really enjoyed the ride and look forward to next year. and thank you for your hard work all around.
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Wow! Congrats Jen! Very touching write up! It must have been wonderful being there.

I'm glad to have been a very small part of this and I display it with pride on my bike!

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Congrats Jen!!! I'm so proud of you!!!

Terra (catwlights) and I have been walking the ACS Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk for a few years now... You should join us for it!!! It's only 3 miles, so its not as bad!

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When you see such sincerity it really makes you want to do it again and again. I'm so glad you had a great experience. You did an amazing 63 mile!! not shabby at all. Bless your heart!! kudos for the next great cause! :-)
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Congrats Jen!!!!

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Hmm, we might have crossed paths then. I was on the motorcycle crew. Saturday I was at the exit of the park where the folks were cheering in their driveway (and had fantastic coffee cake). You would have walked right past Hunny's F4i there After that I was leading into the final stretch at Wolf and Central where no one was happy to hear that there were still 2 miles left hehehe.
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Boo!!! you didn't walk the whole thing I want my donation back..J/K

Sounded like it was a great experience. Good to see some good being done.

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Congrats Jen!!!
I am happy to hear that you were able to make it through the entire walk without any injuries. I too have participated in several charity events and been part of cheering sections and the empathy that comes over you while you are there is overwhelming at times. I am looking forward to our contribution ride next year.
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I'm glad to have been a very small part of this and I display it with pride on my bike!
And on your chest!!
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Good write up Sounds like a good expierence.

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Congrats on the walk.

I know a couple of BC survivers.
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Good write up Sounds like a good expierence.
I tried to condense it big time....it was a novel originally.
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congrats thats a big thing to do, good cause too i also like what that guy wrote on his shirt bout walkin WITH and now FOR

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glad to hear that you had a great experience, and of course that we were able to make it possible.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are a truly devoted person and made a huge accomplishment. I'm totally looking forward to next year.
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congrats jen. your the real thing

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Great job J! Glad I could help you meet your gaol. Id also like to thank you for taking time out of your life to orginize the ride and do the walk itself. It means a lot to those that have friends or family that have/are fighting the good fight.

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That's awesome, Jen. 60 miles is hardcore, very impressive. And what a good cause. I'm glad to see so many people helping out. My grandmother had BC.

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Great job. Congrats on crossing the finish line.

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Congrats Jen and Thanks for involving us... Lets plan early for next year and double the number of riders and amount $$$$

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Great job Jen! Thanks for making a difference! I'm so glad I was at least a little part of it. Can't wait for the next year!
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