A Time of Transition
July 2, 2015
With newfound free time after retiring from Wells Fargo in July two years ago, Judy and I decided to combine a few of our interests - breast health awareness, connecting with friends, making new friends and general community building activities…
Judy is now an 11 year breast cancer survivor - we have participated in Komen Races for years, in Milwaukee and Phoenix… We heard from many residents that they wanted to participate in something like the Komen walk, but didn’t want to make the trip downtown.
So we thought we would organize a walk in Estrella. We didn’t know how much interest there would be - if there was interest, perhaps we’d do it again…if not, we each have plenty of organizations we're involved with (housing, health related, education, community revitalization)…
Our goals were simple: bring residents together to enjoy a walk around the lakes, raise awareness around cancer, and acknowledge survivors and their support systems! We chose October, breast cancer awareness month.
We also found that by sharing what we were trying to do with businesses in the community, they were more than willing to support the walk - in the form of bottled water, bagels, items for the raffle/drawing, an appearance by Zizzy, granola bars, etc. There was far more interest and support than we ever thought would happen for a simple, resident driven idea.
In the first year of the walk - we had around 100 people participate. There was clearly interest…so we did it a second time last October, and again had about 100 participants.
Judy and I continue to be involved in our other community interests, and are challenged for time - is there someone in Estrella interested in carrying this forward, and driving the Estrella Cancer Crusaders Walk for Awareness for a third year?
If you are interested in leading the Estrella Cancer Crusaders Walk for Awareness in 2015, please contact us. We will help guide you through the process this fall.
ESTRELLA CANCER CRUSADERS
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US MAKE OUR
2ND ANNUAL WALK FOR AWARENESS
Eve’s day started like any other. Two years ago, the working mom of two teenage boys squeezed in time for a routine adjustment with her chiropractor. Far from routine, though, was leaving with a broken sternum. At just 43 years of age, Eve was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer affecting her bones called Multiple Myeloma IGA.
“I feel so blessed because I lived and I got to see and feel and hear directly how much I really was loved by the way my family and friends and the community rallied around me,” Eve journals on her fight to survive.
CLICK HERE to read Eve's Q & A with us and find out how faith and fitness contributed to her survival.