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1 in 8 women in the u.s. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
the 3-Day for the cure is a 3-day 60 mile walk.  75% of net proceeds help fund national 
and large public health outreach programs.  the remaining 25% helps fund local community and affiliate support and outreach programs. 
pictures from
san diego 60 miles 3day 2013   
3-Day Alumni Commitment Club
the greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older.

click here everyday to fund mammograms for women in need:  the breast cancer site

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thank you to every single one of you who has supported team twinkle toes either financially, emotionally or both.  without all of you - it would not matter one tiny bit how amazing our team was - we couldn't have done it without the support from each and every one of you  - friends and family from the start of this journey right thru closing ceremonies san diego.  you all made such an amazing difference in our journey and without you  none of this would have happened and we are forever grateful for your kindness, tolerance and patience.  we are truly blessed to be able to do this.  the twinkle toes team
San Diego Done:  2,300 walkers, 425 crew and well over $6.5 million dollars just in San Diego - we helped a lot of women and families of women and men ravaged.
2 best moments:  1 man who walked 14 events this year and ran 3 of the runs in the midwest and the 72 year old man who lost his wife and walked every bloody stinking mile and took every hill - two of my many heros this last weekend in 3 days filled with similar stories.

San Diego 2013

it was unbelievable - it was amazing, horrifying, scary, painful, brilliant, beyond anything i thought i could do - as i kept telling myself when we took those 8% grade hills (three of them, one each day) i had a whole lot of people pushing me up those hills and i owed everybody to do my absolute best because you all supported me and our team.  these old thighs hurt like hell because there is no place in the central valley to train for those kinds of hills - somehow...up the hills we went...and down the hills we went too...and we just kept right on trucking until the end at petco park in downtown san diego...

no matter how much i do this - the lump in the throat still happens, the tears at the finish line still come - the throat lumps on the route when you come across a 72 year old man who lost his wife and was walking - taking every single hill, when we checked on him - kept telling us that he was the turtle and the hare...slow but steady and we screamed our brains out for him when he crossed the finish line...  signs on people's back and fanny packs in memory of or in honor of...survivors and people in treatment, patients with no hair, patients being wheeled in chairs... and the amazing support of the crew who took care of us the entire time - and our own amazing team crew who worked full shifts at the mash unit pit stops patching up people with broken toes and broken skin and yet spent time patching us up too...  

it truly takes a village and we had one incredible "village" in san diego but we also had an amazing group of citizens supporting our tiny "village" from all parts of this country and beyond.  i am grateful, humbled, blessed and so very proud  of all of us - you all made it possible - without you all - our twinkle toes would never ever have been successful.

pictures as follows:
6 am on thursday morning.JPG (178618 bytes)  car heading down.JPG (267769 bytes) car heading out.JPG (274945 bytes) 6:00 a.m. thursday on the ride down
back in on friday night.JPG (169143 bytes) friday evening after 20 miles setting up our camp
bike cops at finish.JPG (237409 bytes) san diego pd bike cops - went every single mile with us
bike cops at torrey pines.jpg (134589 bytes) san diego pd bike guys at torrey pines - dancing and giving us inspiration
bike cops for lunch.JPG (370879 bytes) stopping for lunch on sunday before the final push in to the finish
dancing bike cops.JPG (231956 bytes) and they danced for us at the finish line
car coming home.JPG (282005 bytes) tired car coming home filled with tired but happy campers.
doggers.jpg (186373 bytes) sunday - one of my favorite moments...
harley davidson traffic crew.JPG (189545 bytes) harley davidson club who handled all the traffic
twinkles & harleys.JPG (200031 bytes) twinkle toes with the harleys
heading up the hill with flag.jpg (342172 bytes) commitment flag.jpg (178546 bytes) up the hill at torrey pines - carried this 20 miles on friday in dallas last year - carried it 18 miles in san diego - seems to be a tradition now ;)
it's all about the palm trees.JPG (347360 bytes) california palm trees - nothing like 'em
la jolla cove.JPG (145525 bytes) sea lions, pelicans and cormorants at la jolla cove..and the lions were all barking their brains out...
lori & i at opening.jpg (137102 bytes)  team member lori bylsma and i at opening...notice the rain clouds...yes it did rain.
last day lunch.JPG (355417 bytes) last day lunch
opening ceremonies.JPG (172848 bytes) opening ceremonies with the rain clouds
shoe bows.JPG (225104 bytes) whole team had shoe bows and they all stayed on the shoes.  we have perfected the method!!!
yes we did.JPG (190946 bytes) belinda, sandy and myself - got in first - have more team pics coming...but this is it so far.
icky feets.JPG (193153 bytes) and no - these are not can only guess ;)  the tops of the toes are far worse than the bottoms...she managed to get her feet to look exactly like mine looked last year...  blisters so bad that her toes were "peeing" sandy too...troopers - both of them.

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  pictures from dallas 2012

  why i am doing what  i'm doing...   and i get asked that question a lot.

her name is julie and she is one of the strongest women i have ever had the honor to know. she is from kansas and lived there with her husband and 13 year old daughter.  she asked me back in january 2012 if i would bring her a t-shirt from the 3-day in dallas.  in fact, it was one of the very first things i did that thursday afternoon on-site in dallas - sandy and i picked out a hot pink, short sleeved t-shirt for julie.  she was on my sparkly hat as a donor "jewel" and also on the list of names tucked into my hat band.

we generally "spoke" via e-mail except when she needed some special help with a problem and the last time i spoke on the phone with her was the middle of september.  she was terrified about the pin-point radiation they were scheduling because the breast cancer had metastasized to her brain.  she worried that she wasn't "strong" enough to do the treatment.  i told her to take it treatment at a time, to give herself a break and not expect too much from herself and every time it felt overwhelming, look at her daughter riley and know she was doing it for herself and because riley needed her mama.  she assured me she would do all those things and we hung up after some more chat and her promise to call if she needed me.

she sent me a pile of christmas ornaments to finish for her and i told her they would be done very soon after i got home from dallas and i would just send them along with her t-shirt.

i came home from dallas and after they found my bag and returned it to me got her t-shirt ready to go and finished up the ornaments to send with and sent her an e-mail...

didn't hear from her for a week - a little unusual for her - and i came in here last monday with "finding julie" on the top of my list of things to do.

she died october 15, 2012 at the age of 44.  her husband didn't know how to get in touch with me until they found my email on her work computer.

every person deserves a lifetime and julie didn't get hers.  that's why i am determined to continue to do what i do...and this is just ONE story in TOO many millions...



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