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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 2012

This was the second time I participated in the American Cancer Society annual breast cancer walk. I was so humbled by my experience in last year’s walk that I decided to  make a commitment to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each year.

I am unsure how much money I raised last year, but it probably was under $50. I knew I could do better than that, so this year I set a goal of $100. During the last week of fundraising, I met and surpassed that goal. The fact that so many people were willing to help me attain a goal was also very humbling. I’m glad that I was able to contribute to the cause.

While many people would assume that I participate because I know someone or was directly affected by breast cancer. I don’t know anyone personally who has lost the fight, or has become a survivor. This is why I participate. When I read or hear about the stories of women who have overcome, and those who haven’t, I am moved. I’m not just moved because it’s sad, but because at any time my mom, my sister, my aunt or could discover a lump in one of our breasts. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a woman, I feel compelled to do what I can to help someone else’s mom, someone else’s sister, someone else’s aunt, or someone else.  This disease affects so many women (and men) every year. I’ve been blessed to have not had it affect me or my loved ones, and I’d like to keep it that way.

This year’s walk was no different from the last. I was again humbled by the experience. I saw women, men and children all walking for a common purpose. Thousands of people, survivors and families of lost loved ones, all walking against breast cancer. It was a beautiful sight to see that many people from all backgrounds, economic classes, educational levels, and ages gather for such an important cause. We all walked 3 miles together and finished 3 miles together.

Life isn’t just about what we can do for ourselves; it’s also about what we can do for others. Find a cause that speaks to you, and look for ways to contribute. It will make life that much more purposeful.

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Support: To aid the cause, policy, or interests of

I just have to say that it’s truly a blessing to have people outside of your family support you. Not everyone is fortunate to have people who genuinely care about and support the positive things you do. There are a ton of selfish people in this world and at times it seems that they are in the majority, which is truly unfortunate. Being supportive of others is both gratifying and rewarding.

I do understand there are people who are only concerned with themselves. At the end of the day, you can’t do everything by yourself. It’s actually more beneficial for you to support the people you “care” about. So, when you need people to back you up, they won’t drag their feet. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think people should support others just so they’ll get the support back. People should do it because they genuinely care about seeing someone progress and grow in life.

I have to put this out there though. I don’t really understand when a “friend” or “acquaintance” choose not to support you, especially when it’s something that is really important.  Support comes in several forms and it’s not always monetary. It could be as simple as clicking “LIKE” on a fan page. I don’t understand when people disregard what you do and then ask you to support them in something they’ve decided to do. I don’t have an “eye for an eye” mentality, but I’d be a liar if I said the thought never runs through my head.  However, I will support the people I care about because I want them to succeed in all they choose to do.

With that said, I’d like to thank everyone who continues to show me support. It’s truly appreciated and I am humbled by it. For those who I support, know it’s because I care about you and don’t mind investing in the positive things you do.

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