Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Kathy Chamberlain: Her Story

This is my second year to walk in the 3 day. Last year I made a personal committment to walk. I trained by myself and was going to walk no matter what. My initial inspiration for walking was selfish, I must admit. I needed to take better care of myself and needed to get my body healthy. As I pondered this decision, I felt I must be committed to something greater than myself. I thought of things that have affected my life, my friends, my family, and those individuals whose path I have not crossed yet. That is when I became a Breast Cancer 3 Day Walker.

I met D'Lyn and Team Tiara the morning of the first day. We were connected through our sisters. The team was warm and welcoming. The experience of the 3 Day walk was made richer for me by being with them and hearing their stories. I finished the walk and immediately signed up again even though I was in slippers and had blisters all over my feet.

Cancer has touched my family in many ways. My paternal grandmother, my father, my sister's best friend, all have had cancer. My mother's best friend is a breast cancer survivor. My boys never got to meet their paternal grandmother because she died of breast cancer when their father was 18. I saw the effect the loss of a mother can have on a young man. I had a personal scare with breast cancer 3 weeks after finishing the 3 day last year. I have experienced where and how the money we raise is spent.

I had difficulty raising all of the money last year and made up the difference myself. This year I am not in a financial position to do this. My family is small and so is my circle of friends. I have sent out over 80 emails and 20 letters. I have asked people I have met at my trainings. With another walker, I have had 2 bake sales at my school. My mother and sister have asked their friends. And I have not given up! But, the sad fact is, I have only raised $377.

Obviously, I need a Knight. I believe strongly in this walk and the reason we raise this money. I am truly committed to the training and the fundraising, but I need some help with the fundraising.

Kathy Chamberlain

To make a donation under Kathy's name, please go to http://08.the3day.org/goto/teamtiara and click on her name.

Thank you!

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