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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Race For The Cure

Today we walked for you, your wife, your mother, your sister, your friend, your daughter. Today we walked for women everywhere....for survivors, for their families, in their memory.

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco. Perfect weather for a 5K walk along the Embarcadero. We walked along the water with thousands of others. We saw women wearing pink shirts and scarves on their heads, their baldness not hidden, their fight not complete yet. Women pushing their infants in strollers while proudly wearing their pink shirts and scarves on their heads. We saw groups of families and friends with their loved ones imprinted on their shirts, their battles have ended, but the hope is still there for future generations.

We were a family today. We were a united front. We remembered our family that we lost, our friend that we lost, our family and friend that have survived, their battle won, for now.

The color of the day was pink.....the symbol of hope. Hope for my daughter, for your daughter and granddaughter. Hope that in their lifetime there will be a cure. Their battle will be easier than ours.

As we crossed the starting line in front of the Ferry Building I had tears in my eyes. The amount of people coming together from all walks of life for a united cause blew my mind. Cancer does not discriminate.

We walked down to AT&T park and back. The walk was easy, the mood was light. The views were incredible. I was struck by the joviality of the crowd. Cancer may have taken a part of them but it did not take their soul. The cancer did not win in the end, their essence of life remained. It remained in the people they left behind, the people who impacted their lives. Their souls were vibrantly alive in the survivors and the remainders. The cancer did not win.
My children had a wonderful experience today. They were a part of humankind at its best. The love in the air was palpable. The hope was tangible. We were making a difference.
After our walk we let the children choose the direction of our day. They chose the Rainforest Cafe for lunch.....
....and a drive down Lombard Street before we crossed the bridge to home.

I had a dream two nights ago that has affected me ever since. I dreamed I was having a mammogram and a doctor was doing it. He took film after film after film. He was taking different shots of the same lesion and was coming back into the room to tell me the results of the films....and I woke up. I don't know if I had this dream because of this walk or because of this. I am almost due for my 6 month recheck so I think I had better make an appointment.


ChrisB said...

Hi Alison I so enjoyed reading your post today, it is such a great cause you are all supporting.
Is that a picture of your children with the spider, I'm so loving seeing your photos because of the memories of my past visits. Good luck with your next check up x

nikki said...

You are awesome. Good job for you and for everyone who walked.

Slick said...

Awesome Alison, awesome...

Thank you and everyone who does this. It's on a personal level that I say that....

Jan said...

Good for you and your family. The Race for the Cure events are always a big deal here, too, but our scenery isn't as outstanding.

Mother Goose said...

beautiful beautiful post! I loved it and I was hanging on every word and picture. Yes, please do make your next appointment! i want to do this with my girls and my family and I thank you for walking for me, my daughters and my mother and all of my friends.

Sam said...

Hi Alison - I came from my mum (ChrisB)'s blog. I did the race for the cure today too - my friend and I ran it in just under 33 minutes. A month ago I couldn't even run 5 blocks so this was achievement! Good luck with your check up. I went through the same thing as you (I remember almost fainting when I read the letter). But I was very lucky, they removed the lump and it was benign. It was nice, today, to be able to help the women who weren't as lucky as me. I am on track to raise over 3k when all the money comes in.

The atmosphere at today's race was great and I am glad you got to experience it too.

My fingers are crossed for you.


karisma said...

Wow! Great job all of you! Sounds like a wonderful day was had by all.

Big hugs and fairy kisses xxxx

storyteller said...

What a wonderful thing to do as a family!!! Thanks for sharing your experience.
Hugs and blessings,

lisaschaos said...

Great reason to walk! I do have hope for a cure for the next generations. :) So glad your entire day was so nice!

Debs said...

Great post on a great cause!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are such an outstanding person. I hope your doctor's visit goes fine and nothing like your dream. Great Pics!

swampy said...

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart...a breast cancer survivor.
People like you, save lives like mine.

Stella said...


We just did a Breast Cancer walk on Sunday and I could not help but cry! Each year this walk gets bigger and the number of survivors grows!

Good luck with your appointment!

Tera said...

Thank you so much for this...for being there, for making your children aware, for sharing. I am so proud of your family.

Good luck with your dreams...may they find a happy ending.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Thank you all for walking! What a wonderful thing to do.
Have you made that appointment yet??