In just over a month, I'll be participating in my 8th Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event. This year, I will walk 60 miles in 3 days on the Twin Cities event.
After so many years of asking for your support with my fundraising efforts, you might think that writing this letter would be easy for me. Yet, somehow, it seems more difficult each year. As I've considered what to write, I've realized it's harder because each year I'm given more reasons to walk. In fact, this year has been the most significant in my fight to end breast cancer.
|Becky & Taylor at the 3-Day Closing Ceremony|
|Jeanette making the victory walk with her fellow survivors|
As I reflect on these past few months, I keep coming back to one specific moment. It happened when the doctor came in to my mom's hospital room and told us that there was no cancer. I cannot begin to describe the sense of awe and relief that I felt hearing that news. But almost immediately, I thought of Becky's daughter, Taylor. I remembered her leaning forward to gently take a flower from her mommy's casket at the cemetery. My heart broke as I was again reminded of just how unfair this disease is...and how fortunate I am to still have my mom.
On August 19-21, I will walk in memory of Becky and Jeanette. I will walk in celebration of my mom. I will again carry the names of all of my angels and survivors, and your angels and survivors, on the ribbon-filled tutu that I wear as I walk. I will walk for all the kids in my life, so that they may live in a world without breast cancer.
I will walk because I cannot walk away.
My goal is to raise $5,000 by Aug 5th. Please make a donation now to support my fundraising efforts and this important cause. Then consider making that donation every month for the next four months, using the payment plan option available when you donate online at The3Day.org. Many companies have matching gifts programs, so please ask your employer if they will double your donation with a matching gift.
To make a donation, go to www.The3Day.org/goto/jennycook. If you don’t want to donate online, you can download and print a donation form from that page that you can mail to me with your donation.
Thank you for all of your love, encouragement and support. I truly could not be a part of this amazing event without you!