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Susan G. Komen walk last weekend raised big bucks for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

I did it! My friend Sarah and my sister Monica had told me enough about the 3-Day walk that I knew it was something I wanted to do, but describing it just isn't the same as being there and seeing it for yourself.

The night before I left to participate in the event, I decided to see how many training miles I had logged this year. It turns out I have walked 509 miles in anticipation of walking 60 miles in 3 days.  During that time your donations, your participation in our fundraisers, your interest, and your energy kept me excited and actually looking forward to the walk so thank you.

The Opening Ceremony at the Cow Palace was the most emotional moment. Seeing people carrying flags representing the loved ones they had lost to breast cancer was tough. There was a man who had lost his wife to breast cancer, and I met him a few times before at training walks in San Francisco. Seeing him holding the memories of his wife high above his head, was so touching I started to cry. People carried their Mom, their Hero, their Aunt, and their Loved Ones and it was at that moment when I realized why so many people so generously donated to the cause. Because none of us want to see our loved ones suffer, let alone die. I thought of my mom who is a two time survivor and I was so proud to be there with eighteen hundred other people all on the same mission to stand up, and help make a difference. I expected sentiment, some sadness and a lot of feeling of victory and it turned out to be so much more: happiness, sadness, memories, a feeling of working together, feeling a part of everyone else and a feeling of strength that a cure is possible. We finished day one along the bay to camp at Crissy Field - right at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. That night, we ate along the waterfront with sailboats, kites and a gorgeous sunset. After walking nine hours, the spaghetti and meatballs tasted great!

Saturday's 22-mile route took us across the mile-long Golden Gate Bridge into Mill Valley and back to camp. It turned into a pretty hot day, but on our way back just before hitting the switchback hill, and underbelly of the Golden Gate Bridge, I saw my husband and friends out in front of a café waiting for us to pass by. I was so excited to see people I knew cared enough to take time out of their day to come support us that the eight hours of walking that day didn’t seem so bad.  Now we were ready for day three.

On Sunday, the route led us through Golden Gate Park and past City Hall. At the first cheering stations I saw my friend Eva who gave me a big hug I really needed and at the lunch spot my mom and I spotted each other on the path for more hugs and love. While my husband drove my mom and mother-in-law on the route to meet us again at North Beach, we enjoyed beautiful weather the whole way until the Holding Area at Fort Mason, into the final victory walk along the harbor to the Closing Ceremony on the Marina Green where I saw my sister Monica who had driven all the way from Seattle for a big hug at the end.

Because of your generosity, and the support of all of my donors, and local merchants, our team of four people raised over $10,000 to help end breast cancer and the San Francisco 3-Day raised 4.8 million dollars! For more information about the 3-Day and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit http://www.the3day.org/.

            Thank you for making this possible. Maybe next year, I’ll be cheering you on!

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CONSUELO said:

ELISA:

YOU AND EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED ARE LIVING ANGELS!  YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.  

I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE, AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AGAIN TO YOU AND JON.  I KNOW MAMA WAS THRILLED TO SEE YOU WALKING AND GREET YOU AT THE FINISH!  KEEP WALKING AND LOVING, CONSUELO

September 12, 2008 8:27 AM

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