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60 Miles? We DID that!


Finished Day One - Feeling Good!

My sister-in-law, Wendy, and I just completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas.  The 3-Day is a 60 mile walk around Plano, Richardson, Addison, Farmers Branch, the Park Cities and Dallas.

A big thank you to all of our donors and supporters.  There is no way we could have done it without you – including the lady on Webb Chapel handing out mimosas on Saturday morning!!!

Day 1, Friday

The 2011 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day for the Cure began on a chilly Friday morning at Collin Creek Mall in Plano.  I was asked to carry one of the Honor Flags in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Team Tiara - Day One

The 18-mile route started with an incredible send off from the kids at Aldridge Elementary. It was the first of many schools that came out to support us. The day was filled with cheering stations and fantastic community support. Lunch was great at beautiful Valley View Park. We had plenty of sun, music and even a little bit of dancing. After we cheered the last walker into camp we had a delicious dinner, including Mac and Cheese!!, and celebrated our top Dallas/Fort Worth fundraisers.

Saturday’s 21-mile route started a little cold but the sun came out and it was perfect walking weather. How about the cheering stations on Saturday? The pink gorilla was back this year and Gene Simmons from ‘Kiss’ was spotted at a Grab & Go in the afternoon. There were nearly two miles of continuous cheering stations after we had lunch at the Hockaday Academy. We walked a little slower today but we made it to camp in time for dinner, a few games and the dance party.

Shoe salute for the survivors at closing ceremonies

Our final day of walking began with a quick bus ride to Ursuline Academy. We started our 15-mile walk through som of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Dallas. Then it was onto the Katy Trail and through Historic Downtown Dallas past the American Airlines Center and Pioneer Plaza with the bronze steer. Lunch was at Main Street Garden – what a view of downtown Dallas! The final miles of the route wound through the Deep Ellum Arts District and into the Fair Grounds for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.

Closing Ceremonies - We did it!

The DFW Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure raised $7.1 million for research and community awareness.

What’s Next

I will be participating in the 2012 Susan G. Komen DFW 3-Day for the Cure!  You can find my personal page at:


My Honor Flag

Dr. Sheri Phillips, National Spokesperson for SGK 3-Day for the Cure.

Wendy wondering where is that warm Texas weather?

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mom and Ali!

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mark and Clarke!


What an Honor!


Honor Flags at the DFW 3-Day in 2010

I’m so very excited! I have been asked to be an Honor Flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremony at the 3-Day in Dallas! Honor Flags acknowledge those loved ones that we as a group are walking for – our mothers, daughters, sisters. I’ll be carrying the “My Partner” flag onstage. I cannot wait!

At the beginning of this journey, I didn’t think I had any direct connection with this disease. My boyfriend, Mark, had lost his aunt to breast cancer and his mother to skin cancer. I had sorority sisters and Junior League members who were battling breast cancer. Then, in May, my 32-year old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Mother’s Day, and 5 days before her son’s 9th birthday.

The past few months have been extremely emotional for my family, but my sister has kept her spirits high.  We firmly believe that having a positive attitude plays a major role in your recovery.  So, you can only imagine how much this means to me.  60 miles?  I can do that!

Just 9 days until the event!  Cannot wait!

So Blessed!


The most amazing thing happened!

Me and Danielle at last year’s Blingo Bingo benefit

Last night, I went out with some girlfriends and one of them said, “Oh! I want to donate to your walk!” and another said, “How much more do you have to get to your goal?”  I started to feel a bit guilty – I told them that I had met my goal, and they didn’t have to give if they didn’t want.  My friend, Danielle, says “Well, can I donate to someone on your team?”  Abso-freakin’-lutely!  My sister-in-law, Wendy, still needs donations.  Danielle gives me a folded check and I stick it in my purse.

As I’m leaving the restaurant, I remember the check and fish it out of my purse – IT’S FOR FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!  I couldn’t believe it!  Who donates that much to someone they don’t even know?  Oh, yeah, my amazing friend Danielle does.  SO THANKFUL!

I learned a good lesson – this is not about me, this walk is about finding a cure.  There are several of us (2,500 to be exact) who are willing to walk 60 miles in 3 days.  We are all raising money for the cure.  From now on, when I’m approached with more donations, I’m going to offer to give it to the team.  Wendy and I said, that when she’s at her goal, we’re going to start helping someone else.  

On another note, as I write this Ali is one hour into her first chemo treatment.  Spirits are still high, and it’s a beautiful (albeit HOT) day – I see nothing but great things in our future!


Hola – It’s been awhile…


Hi everyone!

It’s been a little while, and for that I apologize.  🙂

On the training front, training is going sloooooooow.  It’s so hot here in Texas.  We’ve had almost 30 days of 100+ degree weather.  With the humidity, the heat index was 105 degrees yesterday.  Too hot to walk outside.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I joined a gym.  I’m working on my endurance and strength training, and still walking on the treadmill (not the same, but it will have to do for now).  I’ll be ready to kick butt when summer is over!

On the Ali front – and why you read my blog in the first place: Ali is doing great.  She had an infection in one of her incisions which has delayed chemo, but that is healed now.  Chemo will begin this Thursday, July 28.  She’s very nervous – which is to be expected.  It’s hard when you don’t know what to expect.  But, she’s so strong, she’ll do great!

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers!


I have raised over $2,300 for my 3-Day walk!  I can officially participate!  I am so super excited!  My goal is to raise $5,000, which I know is completely attainable. 
Thank you to all of those who have donated.  I am completely humbled by and grateful for your generosity and support.

I am blessed!

Stay the Course


Yesterday was a bit of a tough day.  Ali had her first visit with the oncologist.  All-in-all, nothing that was said changes the course of action we were on, but it was just tough to hear a doctor say it so definitively.  Surgery is still scheduled for June 6, after which there is a high probability that she will need chemo. 

My training has taken a short hiatus this week.  😦  We’re officially at 24 weeks till the walk.  The good news is that I am a bit ahead of where I should be for a first-time walker.  I guess I will be finding myself walking quite a bit over the holiday weekend!