Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Walk for a Cause!!

March 2007

611 Truxton Road

Annapolis, Maryland 21409

Dear Family and Friends,

In April 2006, I walked 39 miles over two days in support of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I walked in and around the Washington DC area with 2,500 women and men and collectively we raised $5.8 million dollars. The memories I have of those two days are pretty amazing but most important of all was knowing that there were family, friends and co-workers supporting me and that means a lot when you are on mile 26 wondering if your feet are going to fall off! So I am going to do it again!

On May 5th and 6th I will be walking with my good friend Nancy Burns. My commitment is to walk a marathon and a half (39 miles) over two days. My daughters, Taryn and Katie will be there cheering us on, as will Nancy’s husband Bob along with thousands of others who line the walk route. Your support and theirs makes all the difference in the world.

As a participant in the event, I must raise $1,800 but I have decided to set my 2007 personal goal at $2,000. Thanks to all of you who contributed last year and enabled me to surpass my goal of $1,800. Together we raised $4,024! I am very thankful for your generosity. The money you give funds the education and screening of women who might not otherwise be diagnosed, as well as research to stop this killer of so many women and men.

There are two ways you can donate. You can go to www.avonwalk.org, select Donate, click on “Donate to a Participant”, click on Washington, DC., then enter my name (FYI - my participation number is 714110) it will lead you to a page where you can pledge online by credit or debit card either as a one time gift or a pledge over time. Or, if you prefer, your can mail a check made out to “Avon Walk for Breast Cancer” directly to me and let me do all the paperwork for you.

Last year, I wrote the names of those who donated and the names of those that you wanted me to walk in honor of on the shirt that I wore both days. I haven’t forgotten. So this year I walk for Melissa, Irma Lee, Catherine, Martha and Karen. And I walk to honor my daughters Katie and Taryn. As a 19 year survivor of breast cancer I cannot do enough to make this disease go away. I hope you will join me in the battle against breast cancer by contributing and by encouraging the women you know to perform monthly breast exams and have regular mammograms.

Many, many thanks for your support,

Linda B

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