As I wandered around I met some girls from Seattle which instantly brightened my day because best friend had just moved to Seattle. I began to realize how happy everyone was to be at this incredible event and the sense of community that was involved.
Still, I was alone. Not many people in this crowd seemed to be alone. I also don't approach people I don't know if they don't approach me first so, I was pretty much assured to be walking a 60 miles of self discovery and of testing of my own will and determination. Until Susan and her team changed my life. I didn't know it at the moment, but simply by standing near the stage, life, God, fate, or just plain luck had placed me exactly where I needed to be for the time in my life where I didn't know if I could accomplish what I had worked so hard to do. What I did not have the faith in myself for.
|Susan: THE brightest light when|
I look for sources of inspiration
I cannot describe the opening ceremony and the emotions that go along with it. Imagine a crowd of survivors and their supporters, of those who were left behind by mothers, sisters, daughters, and of those who simply want to see an end to this awful disease. Some of the walkers were at the time undergoing chemo treatments. Some, like Paul, walked in memory of a wife lost too soon. If you ever have the chance to attend a 3-Day event as a volunteer, a walker or a spectator, DO NOT hesitate. I am not exaggerating when I say that you leave with a new perspective on life. A new appreciation for those you love.
|The man in the pink hat and blue shirt:|
Paul walking for his wife.
|The only person I knew|
at this time was on the
stage. All of the others
who would become life-
long friends, ended up
in the random pictures
I was taking.
|Do you see the funny bra? |
Sara a veteran walker.
The lady in the hat next to her?
Lee, also an experienced walker.
|The smallest, and mightiest angel, Tina|
is to the left of Paul (in the pink hat).