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it's that time of year again
I don't talk about this stuff much, but with 25 days to go, it's really time.

This year's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is being held May 15 and 16 in Boston. More than 2600 walkers, crew, and volunteers will be working together to raise money for cancer research, and for screening, support, and treatment for men and women across the country (because yes, men can get breast cancer, too).

I'm part of the Boston Crew, on the Moto Safety Team. I, along with 25 of my fellow bikers, will be riding the route and helping the walkers cross dangerous intersections (they sometimes get focused and cross against the lights), sweep the route for injured walkers or those who just run out of gas, and try to enhance the safety of the walkers on the route.

We have it easy. The walkers are doing the heavy lifting. They have to raise $1800 for the privilege of walking 26.2 miles on Day One and 13.1 miles on Day Two. I've seen mothers, fathers, husbands, daughters, nieces, granddaughters, pregnant women, and women over 70 completing this walk. The word "inspirational" barely scratches the surface.

If you want to donate money, I'll be happy to accept it. If you want to donate your time, let me know and I'll send you the volunteer form. (It's too late to be a crew member, but we always need volunteers.) The volunteer shifts do NOT commit you to the entire weekend, so if you're interested, let me know.

My fund-raising page is here: http://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/Diane.Dooley Donate if you wish; I don't want anyone to feel pressured.

If this is not a charity you want to support, that's cool; I'll also be working Moto Safety for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure in June, and possibly participating in the Bikers for Babies Ride to benefit the March of Dimes in September. All of these causes are dear to my heart: two of my aunts had breast cancer, and one of them died of it, my mother is diabetic, and my little niece Isabella, born 12 weeks early, lives and thrives because of research funded by the March of Dimes.

If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading. If not... well, never mind then. :-)

i feel: hopeful hopeful

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From: nahaniotieno Date: April 20th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
If my stupid job didn't take up my entire weekends, i'd actually like to volunteer my time for things like this as often as possible.

Ah well, guess in the future...
pickleboot From: pickleboot Date: April 20th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
zane is around because of march of dimes research- i will donate well for that. he was trying like hell to come at 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27...well, you get the point. he came at 31 weeks, 5 days, a huge little guy with a 21 inch noggin. he was on a vent for 12 days(damned steroids did not work worth a damn- i had the full course, but he was stubborn) and well, he did well. the mod paid for a breast pump, and funded the rooms for breastfeeding moms to be at the hospital so i could be there 24/7. a cause near and dear to us here. i knit for them, knit layettes for the babies that do not make it at the nicu zane was a "graduate" of, and knit hats and blankets and booties for the babies going home. and feed the staff on his b-day.

will donate on payday for breast cancer, too. it's great you do that. i wonder if there is an autism version here- i know a few people who would love to do that!
tpau From: tpau Date: April 20th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
cool! i am doing the Komen 3Dday this year (and having a fundraiser bake sale/auction/raffle at camelot this saturday, y'all come down)

thanks for doing this. it keeps peopel alive and healthy
auntiero From: auntiero Date: April 20th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Having walked the 3Day a few years ago and supporting a friend who is in the middle of breast cancer treatment now, yet planning on walking the 3Day in October in DC, I want to say THANK YOU for keeping your walkers safe. The bike crew is incredibly important!

Thank you! Thank you! I will try to donate a little. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 20th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Anything you can do would be amazing. Thank you so much!
frostyw From: frostyw Date: April 20th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I should have asked the dates from you last night! Unfortunately, that's the weekend I'm on a boat to Bermuda, so I don't think I'll be able to volunteer my time. However, I'll definitely consider volunteering some greenbacks for the cause. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 20th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
There's always next year! (For crew or for volunteering, that is.)
harpduchess From: harpduchess Date: April 24th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC) (base camp)
I've already contributed to breast cancer recently, and the budget says don't go nuts. Please let me know, however, when you start taking donations for the Diabetes thing in June. Diabetes contributed to the death of my nephew a couple of years ago, and I want to help support that cause. Thanks!
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