Monday, October 22, 2007

Why I do what I do....

The 3-Day has a message board for walkers -- a place where we can share ideas, tips, etc.

This was posted this weekend....

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, Sheri West Lewis lost her battle with breast cancer, but it was a win/win situation for her. She won because now she lives in a world without breast cancer. She is in heaven, walking on streets of gold, and watching over everyone that is involved in anyway with the breast cancer 3 day walk and the Susan G Komen For the Cure. She was very involved in both. She counseled with patients that were diagnosed with the disease and help them begin their battle to survive.

Sheri walked in the 2006 Dallas - Ft. Worth breast cancer 3day walk, she walked 40 of the 60 miles, after having taken a chemo treatment on Monday before walk began, and took another one on the Monday after the walk on Sunday. Sheri was on the SOLE SISTERS team last year and this year and will be so missed this year. Sheri was an active part of the opening and closing cermonies of the 2006 3day walk, and was featured in the inspirational video the 3day group used to recruit new walkers/crew members for 2007.

Sheri was a loving mother to her 9 year old daughter, a devoted wife to Steve, and was adored by her parents, Gary (crew member 2006 & 2007) and Nacia (walker 2006 & 2007) West. Her mom went with her to an orientation meeting in 2006 and ended up signing up to walk as well. Her parents are still planning on walking/crewing in Dallas next week. Gary is crew chief for camp logistics this year and when you see him as you walk around camp, be sure and give him a big hug and thank him for his dedication to helping find a cure for breast cancer. Nacia will be in tent row A83 - be sure and come by and give her a hug and thank her for determination to keep walking in her daughters honor.

When Sheri was feeling down and depressed over having to fight so hard the last few months to overcome the disease, she would set a timer for 20 minutes to allow herself to cry and feel sorry and ask why, but when the timer went off, she would wash her face and begin to look at things positively and thank God for all that blessings that she had.

Sheri each step that we take this year, will be in your honor. We will keep walking in your honor until the need is no longer. Gary and Nacia, we will be there to help you be strong, to continue on the fight to end breast cancer. Maddie - your mom was an inspiraton to all of us, to everyone that she came in contact with, and I can see her smile in you and know that she loved you so much. So Sheri, while you are in heaven, watch over each walker, we are all walking for you, especially your fellow teammates.We love you and will miss you so much, but your memory will live on forever.

To put a face with Sheri's name, go to:

Click on the "Inspiration Video."

Sheri and Nacia are about 2/3 of the way through the video. Nacia always reminds me a lot of Aunt Nelva.

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