Sunday, October 24, 2010

6 DAYS!!!

6 Days and Julie and I have both hit our minimum donations needs prior to the walk. I can't thank people enough for their support and continued donations, especially from those I don't even know or who don't know me very well. I continue being blessed by good fortune and amazing support. Thank you.

3 days and my journey south begins towards Atlanta, from there, on toward Tampa the following day. I have first day walking jitters already knowing the energy and excitement that awaits. Julie has already been stalking Atlanta walkers with Kristen this past weekend. It looks like they had great weather and a great turn out - $6.1 million raised in one weekend! Way to go Atlanta!

So, Jules, the "goo crack" and "pancake crack" is packed already. The Thorlos have arrived and a fresh container of body glide awaits for the feet. No worries - a fresh roll of hot pink duct tape has been prepped and packed as well. Folks, you have no idea what can be done with 3 Days, 60 Miles and 1 Roll of Duct Tape!

Hold on to your shoe laces Tampa, here we come!! Stay healthy, rest well this week. I'll be seeing you soon my dear walker stalker!
Val

Monday, October 4, 2010

Yikes . . . has a month really gone by?


26 DAYS!!! Yikes and all that!! 26 days until we walk. 26 days to collect $1200. 26 days until I see my long-time walking friend with whom I set out each year to solve all the world's problems in 3 days or less because we sure don't solve ours but we laugh a lot trying!! 26 days until I get to listen to Tinker Bell and the Fairy movie over and over and hope that your precious little girl loves it as much as I love giving it to her. 26 days until we see the Florida coast and wonder - what the heck were we thinking once again!?!? 27 days until I tell you I can't believe you talked me into this again (with a huge grin on my face and loving every minute of it despite what my body is telling me). 26 days until that first uncrustable and package of string cheese that sucks us in and keeps us snacking non-stop for 3 days. 26 days until we see what we believe at the time to be the largest sea of pink we've ever seen and don't believe we can take it all in during the opening ceremony. 26 days until that first flag raises to remind us who we remember, who we honor, and why we walk towards our future fighting every step of the way. 26 days until the bass of the music thumps so loudly you can't stand still and the energy of those around you carry you the first 20 miles. 26 days until that dry chicken sandwich for lunch and Mueller's pasta dinner; neither mattering much because we danced the first 10 miles at all the crosswalks and are ready to collapse into the hot shower after the second 10 miles. 26 days until we bring yearlong efforts all together for 3 days to culminate in an indescribable celebration only known and truly understood by those who have seen it or experienced it. 3 days. 60 miles. $2,300. I find myself in awe once again as that time draws near. The thousands of people. The cheering. The excitement. The fellowship. The smiles. The laughter. The tears. It's one big pink roller coaster on tennis shoes! Grab your sunscreen Jules!!

In the meantime, since my bags aren't quite packed yet - some of my weekend adventures gave me a hint of the pink fever. This past weekend Cindy and I walked the Women's Only 5K Walk here in Greensboro, NC. Quite exciting to see the turnout. It's obviously not as far as the 3 Day but venders, pink people, teams, supporters and there was even a small bicycle team as road support! Keep the warm wishes coming and feel free to throw your spare change this way.
Keep on truckin!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pink Pic Friday -Unfinished Fundraiser Quilt

Oooooh...pixel-y.

This is just the top. I know...it looks done, but anyone who's ever made a quilt knows that there's still a lot left to do once the top is done. I wish someone had told me that before I jumped into the project!! Now, I do have to say that I made 2 tops, and one actually did become a finished quilt. But this one, well...

I'd like to finish it. But where to find the time? I was able to do one last year because I wasn't training as much. I did a decent job (as first quilts go), but I'm not so sure it was worth the trade-off with all those training miles. I'm pretty sure DC would have been an even better walk without my blisters.

So this year, no finished quilt, but I have logged well over 135 training miles. And something tells me that I'm going to be better off because of it. ...I'll let you know for sure come November when I'm done walking Tampa.

The time will come when I finish this quilt. And hopefully many more. But for right now, training for this walk and curing breast cancer are just gonna have to come first.

Until next time, Happy walking!

Be blessed-
Julie

Sunday, August 1, 2010

ITP Training Walk

This weekend, I had the pleasure of going on a training walk with @kscincotta.  The plan for 10 miles turned into 11.5, but you won't hear any complaints out of me.  Kristen is not only a wonderful training walk buddy, she knows her way around some great walking spots in Atlanta.  Our walk took us in a figure-eight sort of path, with  her place as the center of where the two loops met.  I took a few pictures along the way and wanted to share the beauty of this fair city.  I honestly have no idea what or where some of these things, are.  I'll have to pass the baton to Kristen to help me out there.  But I am sure of this: It's ITP Atlanta.

City Views
A pretty view of the city-scape
Amen!
ummm...YES!
Peachtree Art
A group of statues along Peachtree
Piedmont Park Lamp post
This emblem was on a lamp post just outside Piedmont Park.  Neither Kristen nor I had any idea what it was about.  Thanks to Flags of the World, I found out that this emblem is actually on the Atlanta City flag.  It depicts a phoenix rising from the ashes and the inscription "Resurgens 1847-1865".  "Resurgens" means "rising again" and the first date is the year the city's 1st charter was granted and the second date signifies the year of the "beginning of the city's rehabilitation after its destruction by the Federal armies in 1864." (Atlanta City Ordinance 52-102 (825))
I love a sense of humor
I love a sign with a sense of humor.

Before I'm done, I just have to give a really big "Thanks!" to Kristen.  She not only joined me for a 11+ mile walk, she showed this suburbanite the charms and beauty that my nearby city has to offer.  I am always SO lost when I go inside the perimeter, and I still have very little idea where I was without looking at my walk map, but this little taste makes me want to go back (and soon!) to explore some more.

Happy walking!
-Julie




Thursday, July 22, 2010

All Hail! The Power of Twitter!

Follow knittingbagel on Twitter
...especially when it concerns 3-Day'ers!


This is a tale about the power of Twitter in my 3-Day landscape.

I've been on Twitter for a while...like long enough to accumulate a total of 1,149 tweets.  But while I've followed @the3day for well over a year, I hadn't really gotten into the throng of following and followers until a few months ago, when my fundraising and excitement really started to get going.  @JennyKOBrien was the first 3-Day Tweep I followed, then came @60milegirl, @MadameMommy, and @kscincotta.  There's a lot more to my list, so I won't go into them all, but a great many have become very important to me, and I'm so glad that I decided to really jump in.

You remember Heidi and Kristen, right?
Early on the joy was all in learning about each other.  "Where are you from? Where are you walking? Is this your first walk? I love your blog!!"  And then around the time Val and I hosted the Pottery for the Cure, things changed.  Because a couple 3-Day Tweeps...well, they made the trek to Alpharetta to come out to our little fundraiser.  I was in awe.  Because Heidi and Kristen don't live in Alpharetta...they live way NOT in Alpharetta, and both drove an hour or more to come out.  That's big.

Hi.  I'm Mug

And then, about a week after Pottery for the Cure...the next big Twitter happening happened. That's right.  Mug. Who, after about 6 hours of photos and Tweets, became known as @3DayMug and also garnered her own blog:  the adventures of Mug.

A lot started happening about the time of Mug.  My magnet design got noticed and a couple tweeps asked for re-designs (@fatgirlwalkin) and advice on creating their own (@60milegirl).  Then I designed another magnet to take advantage of ATL traffic and a few more tweeps (@lilshadetree @myarmer and others) asked for their own versions.  And because we're all in this thing together, I gladly helped them all. Because the 3 Day isn't a competition.  There's no race to be won.  No prizes for reaching your fundraising minimum first.  The 3-Day is a community, and this is what we do.

Tweep Walk v1.0
And it doesn't stop there!These Twitter connections have even led to a Training Walk!  Yup, four complete strangers decided to meet in a place relatively central to all of us and walk 9 miles.  That picture over there shows us all...@kscincotta with @3DayMug, of course,  @lilshadetree, @gphigirl and me (@knittingbagel).  And what a great walk!  Nine miles provides a lot of time to talk about what we've been up to for fundraising, share blister-prevention tips, talk packing and teams, and share some stories of our individual 3-Day adventures.

But even after all this, why am I bringing up the Twitter thing now?  Because something really big happened today.


It all started because a few of us we chatting about teams...should we be on one? Should we go solo? And do you ever really go solo on a 3-Day?  And then someone (either @AthenasArmoury @fatgirlwalkin or @abby3dayatlanta) said: "feel like Twitter is my 3-Day team".  And that's when the floodgates broke loose.  Shirts were mentioned, corporate sponsorship was tossed out, and now the list of Tweeps on the un-official Team Twitter is pretty darn big.  (I'm not exactly sure how big because ...ummm... IshouldhavebeenworkingandnotonmyphoneorTwitter... but you can ask Cat about the list.  She's the official list-keeper for Team Twitter.)  


So yeah.  Now I get to contact Twitter trademark folks and beg them to use some part of their name or logo (without any implied support of the cause, of course) so that we can knock out some fabu shirts and other things on Cafe Press.  (All money from the sale of items will be donated straight to Susan G Komen for the Cure.) But oh man, am I excited! I cannot wait to meet these people in Tampa, or walker-stalk them in Atlanta. And who knows about next year, or years beyond.  I can't wait to read about their triumphs and struggles and about their individual reflections on the 3-Day.  But I really can not WAIT to Cure Breast Cancer with them.  Because that's what we're all really here for.  


Go Team Twitter!!


Until next time, 
Julie


p.s. I know that I left out some folks in this here line-up.  I did not intentionally omit anyone.  I just have a really bad memory and until I can get out of the habit of posting after my bed-time (a.k.a. practically brain-dead) I will unfortunately miss a thing or two.  I really have a lot of love and am so thankful for all of my 3-Day Tweeps.

Friday, July 16, 2010

(vaguely) Pink Pic Friday - Two Chicks Shirts


(vaguely) Pink Pic Friday - Two Chicks Shirts
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

This here is the mock-up for the shirts that Val and I have available for sale for our die-hard Two Chicks Fo(u)r Boobs supporters...or folks who just like having pink chickens on their shirts. Whatever your reason, we'd love to share one with you for a $20 donation to one of our pages (See page links at right). I have sizes Medium through XL available, Val may be super special and have a Small or two on hand, but I can't guarantee that. If you're desperate for a small, go bother her. ;-)

Some of my 3-Day Tweeps (@60milegirl and @joyfc) are currently passing about our shirts in what we've loving termed the @the3day T-Shirt Swap 2010. (Joy even hash-tagged it! #T-ShirtSwap2010) This a really exciting thing for me because I get to see what other people have put together to support their teams and I get new shirts with fabulous 3-Day themes. How can you beat that?!? Also, some of these same Tweeps and others are gathering tomorrow for a nice 8-mile training walk. The power of the Internets, and especially the 3-Day Community is strong, people! I'm sure I'll have more to say on that subject come Saturday afternoon, so keep your eyes and RSS feeds peeled.

Until then, Be Blessed and Happy Walking!
Julie

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pink Pic Friday - Closing Ceremony Rose


Pink Pic Friday - Closing Ceremony Rose
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

Anyone who's ever finished a 3-Day knows you get a lurvely pink rose when you walk into the holding area at the end of the walk. I love my pink roses, and tend to photograph them a LOT while they stay with me. This here rose is from DC '09. My mom scored a choice cheering location just steps away from the "finish line", and made a perfect backdrop for my rose photos.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dreams of the 3-Day

Dear Val-
I don't know if I've ever told you, but in recent years one of the most recurring theme of my dreams is the 3-Day.  Before our first walk in Atlanta, I dreamed that the walk course consisted of a huge maze.  Folks were coming out talking about how brutal the walk was. I wonder what other first-timers may dream about? I don't know about you, but I couldn't read enough about what the walk would be like, but all the reading in the world couldn't prepare me for the actual experience: wonderful, amazing, and thankfully, maze-free.

The next series of 3-Day dreams included X.  We were re-trying a relationship and I brought up the Walk. And X, well he didn't want me walk, just didn't think it was important, and so he was forbidding me to do it.  We were riding on a slow-moving train, and when the "I forbid you to do the 3-Day" part came up, I specifically remember looking at him slack-jawed and then jumping off the train.  There's a whole lot to read in to there, but in 3-Day terms the meaning is pretty darn clear: the Walk is who I am, not only something I do...and I will walk, no matter what anyone tells me.

Then last night, I was once again dreaming about the 3-Day.  (Never can I dream about the actual event...pink tents, walker-stalkers, Uncrustables.  Nope, gotta be random.) I like to think of this dream as my 3-Day Amazing Race Dream, because in this one, in order to be allowed out onto the course we had to first successfully complete a series of tasks.  We worked and worked, but for some reason we just couldn't do enough.  This sounds like some serious fund-raising fears coming to the surface.  I worry about fund-raising every year.  I feel like a burden on my friends and family, that I'm annoying my co-workers and strangers with requests for money or participation in a fund-raising event.  But then today (thanks to the Young Survivor Coalition Twitter feed @YSCBuzz) I came across the My Big Girl Pants blog.  Holy crying in the Cube Farm, Val.  Talk about putting yourself out there and painting a brutally vivid picture of the emotions, pain, and realities of living with and fighting breast cancer.

Bridget: I walk for YOU.

So, when I get queasy and wishy-washy when I think about stepping outside my comfort zone to send letters or e-mails and fund-raise, I'm gonna (to borrow a phrase from Bridget) put on My Big Girl Pants and not only step outside that comfort zone, I'm going to take a giant leap outside it. Fund raising: here I come.

My newest #the3day fundraising effort. Come on ATL traffic, h... on Twitpic
Okay.  Off to ask Facebook friends to step up to the pink plate and do some donating!  Then it's time to work the e-mail campaign.  Thanks to some Magnet orders and some design work for other 3-Day'ers, I am happy to announce that I've met and crossed over the first $1000!  Woot!  I also took an interesting fund raising step and slapped a magnet with my personal 3-Day URL on the back of my car.  I'm hoping to get a donation or 20 from folks sitting behind me in ATL traffic between now and October. Heck, we're all just sitting there at times...pull out a pen and help a walker out!  The most fun part of this little experiment: some of my Tweeps have asked for magnets, too!  I've happy tweaked and mailed files to @myarmer and @2girls2boys, and I've got @lilshadetree on the list for tomorrow.  Here's hoping we all get at least one (or 20!) donations for our efforts!

Happy walking my Two Chicks sister!
Love-
Julie

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pink Pic Friday - CowGirl Boots!


Pink Pic Friday - CowGirl Boots!
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

Niblette is home, and just before her Daddy left for the second half
if his Afghanistan deployment, he took her to the country-western
store and got her this snazzy pair of CowGirl Boots. Yee-haw!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pink Pic Friday


Pink Pic Friday
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

Niblette's daddy is home from Afghanistan, so she made a special sign
for him. If you look closely (and turn the picture upside down), the
upper left part of the sign is her self-portrait made with sparkle
star stickers.

Blessings to you all!
Julie

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pottery for the Cure

...was a great success!  We had just under 20 people come and paint, which was a very pleasant surprise.  In addition to the pottery painting, Val and I brought in goodies to sell, including Cup Cakes (in A, B, and D Cup sizes!), ribbon rice krispy treats, and ribbon & heart cookies.  Yum!  We also had Two Chicks team shirts, 60in3 magnets and a super surpise prize drawing to win a pottery cookie jar chock full o'cookies (congrats, Marla!!). 



One of the best parts of the night was that, in addition to the family and friends that came in to support us, a few fellow 3-Day'ers dropped by, as well!  ...talk about a community that supports one another!  We were so happy to see Kristen of Kristen Walks who's walking Boston in just a few short weeks, Heidi who is walking Tampa in October (her inagural walk!  Welcome, Heidi!!), and Stef, who is walking Atlanta this year in her SIXTH 3-Day.  SIX, people.  That means that when she's done walking this year, she'll have 360 miles worth of 3-days under her belt.  That's a lot of walking, a lot of money raised, and a lot of lives saved.   Go visit her page and give her a shout out to let her know how completely awesome she is.  She definitely deserves it.

Val and I want to give a huge THANKS! to the folks who came out:  Heidi, Lisa, Kristen, Stef (with hubby and her two boys, too!), Christine (with hubby and her three boys), Marla, Tiffany, and Melissa.  And we can't forget All Fired Up. The staff was amazing, the venue:  perfect.  If you live or work in the ATL area, please visit one of their two locations, and give them your business.  They deserve it!

Now for the results:  Between pottery and sales o'goodies, Team Two Chicks was able to raise over $150 for Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  That is flat-out fabulous, and we couldn't have done it without you!  Thank You!!!

Until next time...
Love and Blessings-
Julie

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pink Pic Friday - Pottery for the Cure

It's Shameless Plug Day here at Two Chicks.  This really is a picture...I should know.  I made it.  :-)

Two Chicks is doing a Pottery Night to raise funds for our walk.  I, Julie, am doing a lot of the leg work, but since Val will be driving to the ATL from NC to attend this sucker, I give her all the props because she's doing a heckufa lot more than me!

Please Join Us!
Thursday, May 22
7-9 p.m.


Hope to see you there!

Be Blessed-
Julie

Friday, April 30, 2010

Pink Pic Friday - @the3day Pink toes on Ft Lauderdale beach.


Pink Pic Friday - @the3day Pink toes on Ft Lauderdale beach.
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

Layers of sunscreen have been applied so my skin won't resemble the
toes. Plus, there's more than one type of cancer, people. Stay aware,
be protected.

Blessings from sunny Florida!
Julie

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pink Pic Friday


Pink Pic Friday
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

This is my little project of late and much labor of love - revamping
my yard. From my yard to yours as well as from my heart to yours.

We walk because we must. We are strong because the journey demands it.
Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for
this generation and the next. This is our promise: a world without
breast cancer. -The Breast Cancer 3 Day

Keep on trekking,
Valerie

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pink Pic Friday - @the3day donation letters!


Pink Pic Friday - @the3day donation letters!
Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3

It's about time I'm getting these out! Many thanks go to
@leannethewalker for the design inspiration. Oddly enough, this will
be my first year actually sending out letters. I'm really hoping to
step up the fundraising this year. Fingers crossed, and off to the
mailbox I go!

Be blessed! Have a great weekend!
Julie

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Convenience Factor

Team Two Chicks is walking Tampa Bay, FL this year.  Last year we walked Washington, DC.  As you know from Val's previous post, we met during our personal inaugural walks in Atlanta, GA.

Just so you know, Val lives in NC, and I live in GA.  Obviously Atlanta was the convenient choice for my first walk, and Val has her personal reasons for why Atlanta may have been her most convenient for her first walk, as well.  But DC?  And now Tampa?  You might be thinking, "Two Chicks.  What's up with the constant change in venue?"

I typically joke that if the 3-Day folks are going to be in 15 cities, then I might as well try them all out before deciding on which one I like best.

But here's the thing:  
Walking in a different city each year, and walking in a city that's not home...it's not convenient.  

And then here's the kicker:  
Neither is having Breast Cancer. 

It's not convenient to wait in fear for a diagnosis.
It's not convenient to be faced with the whirlwind of doctor visits.
It's not convenient to have to tell your children and your friends and yourself that something is going really wrong in your body.
It's not convenient to receive treatment and deal with the side effects.  And the list could go on and on, right?  None of it is convenient.  None of it is simple or easy or welcomed.  

The inconvenience of driving to a different city, figuring out where to stay, how to get to the walk, how much it'll cost, who will watch Niblette...that is all peanuts compared to what I'm out there fighting for.  This isn't an inconvenience.  It's a gift!  I am lucky...I am blessed.  

So while others may look at me funny and wonder why I don't do the easy thing and just walk where I live every year, my reply is that we don't all get to choose to do the easy, convenient thing.  And because some people don't have that choice, the least I can do is choose to add a couple minor "inconveniences" to my life to honor theirs.   I am honored to walk, wherever I can, each and every year, until a cure is found.  Because a cure...now that would be convenient.

Until next time,
-Julie

I invite you to throw your hat into the "minor inconvenience" ring.  Please consider skipping your morning coffees for a week, putting spare change into a coin jar, packing a lunch instead of going out...and then make a donation to the Two Chicks.  Donate to Julie   Donate to Val

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Two Chicks, Fo(u)r and from Whince They Came . . .


Julie made mention of coming back to fill in the blanks of how our team came to be at a later date. She has done such a great job so far with pictures and design - told you J, you'd be the one to make it pretty. I thought I'd add my two cents worth or at least my side on how we bumped into each other, literally.

So, some of you may or may not have heard the story of that early Friday morning, standing in the drizzle, before the sun came up of October 4, 2008. Little did we know as thousands of people gathered in the dark, in a parking lot, drawn to lights and a stage like loggerhead turtles crawling to sea what we were about to embark upon. Did I mention it was dark? And starting to drizzle? Gear dropped off, id hanging around our necks, a bunch of random people jumping up and down to crazy music at o'dark thirty and pink everywhere! I am by myself thinking that I must be crazy and hoping that I'd meet someone who is nice but not overly chatty with whom to walk. Standing all by my lonesome staring blankly at unknown faces, I of course start listening to all the conversations around me. Two women started talking behind me, "Oh, are you here by yourself?", "Oh, wow, me too!" and introductions ensue. There went the too chatty thought. Then if that wasn't random enough, they sucked in a third, "Oh, you're by yourself!!", "We are too!!" I'm thinking, I haven't had enough coffee for this and these are the days my mom warned me about. Oh well, she also told me, throw caution to the wind, have fun and go meet some people! Sooooo, I turned around and said,"So, y'all are all by yourselves? Oh, me too." AND the kicker was, we were all first-time walkers. Well, we all introduced ourselves and in the meantime, added a fifth and the original Quint Sisters were born. We stuck together through 60 miles of cold, rain, flooded camp site, office building sleeping, injury stops, blister repair, sunshine, tears, laughter, singing, very few silent moments, a few more blister repairs, and lots of dancing along the way. Julie and I have both said, if it hadn't had been for that first experience in Atlanta with Margaret, Lyn, and Carla, I'm not sure we would have gone back to endure it again. It's true, first impressions are everything!

Atlanta made a footprint on our hearts that will live on for quite some time and we are better women for it. Margaret Moore, the oldest one of us all, walked all 60 miles that weekend. She helped us sing in Sunday morning as the sun came over the tree tops and reminded us all that we are young at heart, mind, and soul. Carla Moore, our cheerleader and turbo-boost. The one who made those hills flatter, the sun brighter, and all those raindrops smaller. She kept us dancing, laughing, and cheering even past those 60 miles. Lyn Tatum, a smile and quiet presence who kept us together physically and mentally. She floated back and forth when we would get separated and start up conversation to check in and make sure we were doing okay. So, that was our Atlanta "team" and how Julie and I met. First-timers and 60 miles down, all five of us vowed to walk again the following year. We emailed back and forth for a little while and December rolled around. As 3-Day walkers know, the end of December is usually when the "special" rate of signing up for another walk the following year goes back up. So the frantic emails go around - whose signing up, where are we going, what are we doing????? In the end, it becomes Lyn, Julie and I signed up for D.C. Lyn eventually made the decision to crew the event which left Julie and I walking. We knew we couldn't just sign up for the walk and share a tent together. We needed to join together as a team!! Little did Julie know what amazing talent I lacked in coming up with viable team names. I say viable because we almost became many sorts of pink footed, tennis walking boob teammates. After many days of deliberating, eventually Two Chicks were born wanting to save second base in a politically correct manner so as to be sold and worn on t-shirts so that others would be proud to say, "Hey, look at my shirt!" thus, Two Chicks Fo(u)r Boobs.

So, as others know me, that's my long-winded story - give or take a few sentences.
Walk on . . .
Val

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pink Pic Friday



Originally uploaded by JulieWalks60in3





I painted this pottery ribbon to track my yearly 3-Day walks. This
image is pulling double-duty as the "face" of Pottery for the Cure on
May 20, 2010.

For more info on Pottery for the Cure, go to my 3-Day page.

Blessings!
Julie

Friday, April 9, 2010

Julie- Why I Walk

Meet Niblette (center front)

As we go further along in this here project, it's also quite likely I'll also refer to her as "E".  Four years ago, my life was changed with the arrival of this little breath of heaven.  A lot has happened in four years, but that fact that I have been given the task of raising this little girl, keeping her happy and healthy, teaching her about love and how to explore her faith and the world around her...it's a pretty big task.  

Before Niblette came into my life I had participated in a couple Race for the Cures and I faithfully bought the Breast Cancer postage stamps, but I had never taken any truly bold steps.  I'm not really a "do things on my own" kinda girl when it comes to events like Race for the Cure.  I want to do it with a group, or not do it at all.  But one day...

One day I was folding laundry and listening to the radio and the ad came on for the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day.  And something told me, "You have got to do this."  

So the next day I went online.  And shortly after, I was at a Get Started Meeting.  And at that meeting, I registered for the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-Day in Atlanta, GA. 

I don't have lists of friends or family that I know who are battling, living with, or have lost their lives to breast cancer.  I am so thankful every day that I don't, because I know that there are so many who do.  But I have a daughter.  And I have a mother, and I have myself.  I have friends and family, neighbors and strangers, and we all have one thing in common: for the women in that group...in this country...1 in 8 of us will hear the words, "You have breast cancer."  And each one of those women is one too many.  And why are so many of us as risk?  Because we have breasts.  And because we are aging.  No one is immune.  Not me.  Not my mother.  Not my daughter.

So why do I walk?
I walk so the statistic can go from 1 in 8 to 1 in 800, then 1 in 8,000, then 0. 

I walk to raise money and awareness for an organization committed to not only finding a cure, but also educating and empowering women to take a stand and fight for our bodies.

I walk for Niblette.  For her future, and the future of her friends and children.

I walk because I can.  Because I am able.  Because I cannot stop walking until a cure is found.  

I walk because doing nothing is NOT an option.

Please join me in this epic adventure.  Donate now.  Or sign up to walk the 3-Day yourself.  Or just click to learn how Susan G. Komen for the Cure is working for you.

Be Blessed!  Until next time...
Julie


In progress . . .

Welcome to our Two Chicks Fo(u)r Boobs walking blog!! It is in progress as you can see. Julie and I are hitting the pavement once again but we are headed to Tampa Bay this year. Let's hear it for flat and balmy, warm weather! More pictures and more info coming your way in the next few days. Just getting the chick feet wet in this blogging stuff so stay tuned. We're in for another adventure.

Quick little blurb though . . . if you'd like us to add someone to our memory/honor list please send us their name and which list you would like them added. We not only add those names to our blog but to ribbons that are attached to our bags that travel with us during our many hours of training and the actual 3-Day.

Walk on . . .

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure:

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure:

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