10.15.2007

these boobs are made for walkin'

my apologies to those with little or no sense of anatomical humor, but this is one of the many statements heard in 2004 when my friend joey and i took part in the susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk. the fact that the words were sung, karaoke-style, by a breast cancer survivor (and the fact that more than a few participants were wearing brightly blinking breast pins) made it seem completely normal to us. as if those were the original words to the song made famous by nancy sinatra. and it was moving to hear her end the song, singing, "one of these days these boobs are gonna walk all over cancer." the cheers were deafening.

it is memories such as this one that have caused me to consider doing the walk again. i have wanted to revisit the 3-day pretty much since arriving home that hot august day three years ago. despite the heat, the thunderstorm that required evacuation indoors from our campsite, and the long hours on foot, none of it would come close to what people suffer on a daily basis in their struggles with cancer. and this is why we walk.

other life events have precluded me from taking part over the past three years. but this year, i am determined.

i have contacted a few friends to ask if they might be willing to join me. initially met with a negative (by which i mean uncertain and thereby less-than-enthusiastic) response by one, she was surprised when her husband said he would do it with her. especially if my husband were to join me. innnteresting! nothing is set in stone yet, but it looks as though a team may be forming. i'll keep you posted, and if you have suggestions of a team name, drop in the comment box. better yet, if you want to join us, check out the web site for the details. all you need is a buddy to share your tent with at night (and hopefully train with until the walk).

think about it.

6 comments:

melissa said...

aw, sad, 'negative response' sounds so...well...negative! ;) leaning more and more toward saying 'we do'!

Alli said...

That sounds like it would be so fun! Have you ever considered the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer? I only ask because one of my best friends from high school works for them. She LOVES it (and keeps trying to get me involved...the fundraising seems too daunting for me, but we'll see)

simplicity said...

Thanks for inspiring me to think about something worthy of time and energy...I may have to look into participating...

audrey said...

go you! i love the determination, and that you're recruiting a team! i'll certainly support you from out here in cali, and i'll call and cheer you all along the way:)

Melissa said...

aw i love it! and i love the freedom of saying boobs. it has a different meaning this month as we concentrate on fighting cancer! let me know if there is a way i can support you!!!

the johnson's said...

thanks for your comment on our blog the other day...nate is excited about another edition (i think he wants a sister) and wesley doesn't have a clue.

that is cool that you are going to walk again...i just heard from a friend the other night whose wife found out she has breast cancer. she is as fit as you get. good luck getting a team together!