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.
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!