I know every time I see an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer commercial I am immediately drawn into the story.Â I am amazed by those walkers who take the time to go the 39 miles to help raise money for the cure.Â I know many people who have fought battles with cancer and all I wanted for them to is to know there are options and a way to help cure them, to heal them.Â Recently, my friend at work, Kim aka â€śMajâ€ť, shared that she was going to be walk the 39 miles this year and this is actually her 3rd year taking the trek and then I read what she wrote about her experienceâ€¦
â€śI took it upon myself to make last yearâ€™s walk a personal challenge. Could I really walk 39 miles? Would my feet hold out? Would I be blistered again? Needless to say, I was able to do the full 39 miles. Blistering was mild, legs very sore and my hip killing me, I kept goingâ€¦.you know why? Because that pain I felt was NOTHING compared to what people with cancer must go through. My blisters healed, my body stopped aching, I resumed my normal life. Some people with cancer don’t get their normal life back. Some don’t ever heal. That’s the stuff that keeps me goingâ€¦ continually reminding myself, these people that are receiving the money you raised are being helped. They’re being taken care of. Do it for themâ€¦keep walking! People that get sick, especially stricken with breast cancer, should never have to wonder where they’ll get money to receive the treatment they need.â€ť
I think during these long days of winter in Chicago, I am always looking for inspiration and today Maj was my inspiration.Â She made me remember if you take on a challenge, if you make an effort to do one big or little thing to make a difference it can have a ripple effect.Â It can be the thing that helps bring change in the world.
It reminded me of a quote that I love â€śtoo often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life aroundâ€ť â€“ leo buscaglia.
Researching my next challenge or volunteer adventure now, Iâ€™ll keep you posted.Â And if you see the Avon walkers go by on June 1st or 2nd in Chicago, give a shout out to Maj or better yet, support her by pledging to help find a cure.