Yesterday, I participated in a "Cheering" event for the, Breast Cancer 3-Day walkers in the Chicago leg of the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk! My friend Denise, and her family live on a street where all these hero's pass by on the second day of their three-day walk. This was a very inspirational, and moving event ~ seeing over 1,600 people pass by who have trained for this day. I have never clapped, cheered, congratulated, cried, smiled and laughed so much in one day!
Denise came up with the idea to have a "Pair Tree" in her pear tree in her front yard! She enlisted her mother-in-law to make 50 "pairs" to hang in the tree and collect donations sponsoring each pair! Her goal was to collect $500, however when the word spread, she received over $1,000 in donations! The "pairs" with wings, are in memory of special angels who have past on because of breast cancer. Denise's entire family all rallied together to make the event a success! They did such an outstanding and *uplifting* job pulling this all together! They are hero's!
The walk started Friday, August 7, 2009 - it rained most of the entire day. Saturday, started out rainy, then ~ the sun came out and it was a good 90+ degree day! These walkers were outstanding with their energy ~ we started cheering for them at 9:00 a.m. and didn't stop till 1:30 p.m. when the last one's passed by.
There were so many moving stories told in just the few seconds that they walked by the Pair Tree, but the energy and the reason why these hero's were walking was awesome! I love the color pink, and it was so great seeing so much of it!
This walker told us about how he was walking for his grandmother and his sister, he made this tie-dyed shirt ~ grandma was a DD and sis was a AA! They are both survivor's and that's his inspiration for walking!
The local newspaper even did an article on the Pair Tree! The walk ends today, I can't stop thinking about all these hero's who passed by and thank them for their dedication and devotion to such a great cause. Love and prayer's for the 3-Day walkers! *smile*