Snowshoe Walk for Breast Cancer

Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer finishThe day dawned cloudy and calm, perfect for a walk in the woods. Ellie and I got up early and drove to Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont. The event was sponsored by Tubbs snowshoes to benefit the local breast cancer affiliate of the Susan G Komen race for the cure. We took on a 5K walk through the beautiful wooded Nordic Ski trails in the Sun Bowl area. The walk started at 9:30 am and took us about 45 minutes. This year there were 465 participants, about 200 more than last year, and we all raised $63,000 that goes directly to pay for mammograms for women in Vermont who cannot pay for them. How exciting to know exactly what our monies will do.

moose!Ellie and I had a fun time. It was the first time Ellie had been able to use her snowshoes (no snow in CT) and she did just fine. You can see by the photo that, in spite of the fact that at the beginning we were bundled up and toasty warm, by the time we finished, we had shed lots of accessories and opened our jackets from our brisk walk. Along the way we had an unexpected treat – a moose sighting. It was a young one, about a year old and close to the trail so we could see him.

celebration/memorial sheetI walked to celebrate life – mine – and to remember those who have survived cancer and those who have succumbed to the ravages of the disease. Frankly, I know way too many people who have been touched by breast cancer and I ran out of room on my celebration/memorial sheet.

Get those mammograms, ladies. Do your self-exams. Know your body and check out concerns because special people love you. The best prognosis is an early diagnosis.

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