Why wouldn’t I? Breast cancer isn’t just a branch on my family tree – it’s the whole tree!  Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but not too far off.  I lost my aunt to breast cancer when I was in high school.  My mothers diagnosis was next.  We had a few quiet years, and then more diagnoses in our family.  In 2010 my risk was confirmed when I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, aka “the breast cancer gene”.  I could write for hours about it, but outside of the statistics it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know – my risk is ridiculously high.

 

Emily and Wendi celebrate after 3 day walk in 2012

Emily and Wendi – 60 miles later!

 

Why do I walk?  I know too many people who have battled this nasty disease.   My family, my friends, and any day I could be next.  For so long I thought the motto “everyone deserves a lifetime” was so hokey.  With every training step, with every dollar raised, with every day that gets me closer to my next 3-day, my conviction is strengthened.  I’ve lost too many loved ones.  I’ve watched too many battles.  I’ve feared too many test results through my own screening.  Everyone deserves a lifetime!