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By Liz Laffont

“We are all running for answers and to make the situation better,” shared Melissa Etheridge when asked what inspired her to write her inspirational song ‘I Run for Life’. Whether or not you’ve heard her song, like so many, we’re sure you’ve heard the call to action to support loved ones and their families who are battling breast cancer.

Beauty News spoke with some participants of the Avon Foundation’s Walk for Breast Cancer, as well as other walkers from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Revlon Run/Walk in celebration of the combined miles they traveled, and the miles we’ve all come, in an effort to irradiate this powerful disease.

While events like the Avon Walk series have included over 55,000 participants and raised more than $150 million dollars over the past three years, the race is far from over. So dust off your sneakers, wear something pink and join the men and women who have shared their inspirational stories below. “They will be running, as they have before,” as Melissa Etheridge sang, “Running for answers. Running for more.” We hope you’ll join them this October 6th-7th for the Annual NYC AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.

“I participate in these events to help raise money to support organizations that make it their priority to find a cure. Every step I take is a penny that goes towards research. Since my aunt passed away from Breast Cancer 3 years ago, I walk in her memory.”
-Kristi

“My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in High School. At the time, I was the typical self-absorbed, uncaring High Schooler and I always told her and my father that I didn’t really want to know about what she was going through, just as long as she was OK. So I walk now as the kind of son I should have been when my mom was sick.”
-Alan

“I walked my way through chemo, and the Avon Walk gave me both courage and hope. Since my battle I’ve kept participating to save the lives of those who will face this disease in the future. I want to save their lives just as Avon Walk walkers before me saved mine.”
-Mona

“One of the many great things that come from the Avon Breast Cancer Walk is the ability to educate so many people about breast health. Because we walk, so many more women will know when it’s time to get their mammograms. Because of the work already done, I knew that. I got my mammogram, my cancer was found early, and I’m here to walk with you all. Because my cancer was found early, my son, my daughter and my niece will walk with me this weekend- not in memory of me.”
-Kim

“I walk for the women in my life who cannot- my mother, my stepmother, my grandmothers, and my aunt. My mother died four years ago from breast cancer and I do it in her memory. I chose the Avon Walk because I believe strongly in what they do. Not only do they support research and education, but also access to care.” -Sarah

“It poured for two days straight at the Boston Avon Walk this year, but we hardly complained. The sun finally came out at closing ceremonies, and the feeling of sharing this incredible experience with so many others was just indescribable. A breast cancer diagnosis can make you feel so alone, but this kind of experience really shows how many people are standing right by your side. I really felt as if I had made a difference, and it was a weekend I’ll never forget.” -JoAnn

“Throughout my treatment, I was fortunate enough to have a great support system and excellent medical care. So many people don’t have that advantage, and that’s one of the things that make this Walk so important. I can’t imagine how I would have handled this disease if I had been alone, or if I hadn’t had the resources to properly fight it. I decided to do this Walk as a “goodbye” to my breast cancer experience. Though I know that much of what I went through will never truly leave me, this is a way of ending on a positive note.” -Keiko

Originally published October 2007
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