In 2007 and 2008 I participated in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer which is a 60 km walk through the streets of Toronto. The 2008 event was a particularly special year for me because I walked alongside my mother and my mother-in-law, who were both celebrating 5 years cancer free!!
This year, I decided to take a year off from the event. I didn't regret that decision until yesterday when the fabulous dude, M&L and I headed to Toronto to support the walkers at the closing ceremonies.
We got their in time to cheer on team BOOBEES as they crossed the finish line, after walking a painstaking 60 km on a fairly hot weekend. This weekend, the team was made up of 6 wonderful ladies. FD's Aunt P, Be, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law A and Caley. They also joined up with their friends Tina and Susan who were also part of the event. You go girls! I am so proud of you!
The weekend is full of emotion and I was lucky to experience a small part of it yesterday afternoon as I cheered on the walkers as they approached the end of their journey. I was even able to cheer for a 97 year old woman who was completing the event. She was there last year, too. Amazing!
Many people walk in honour of or in memory of those they know who have had their lives affected by breast cancer. On the back of Caley's shirt, she was proudly sporting the names of my mumma and mumma-in-law.
The closing ceremonies are likely the most emotional part of the weekend for all who are involved. During the ceremony, there is a procession of walkers who are breast cancer survivors who make their way to the front. As I watched these beautiful women (and some men) make their way to the stage after walking for two days straight, I gave thanks to God for my mom and my mother-in-law and spent time praying for those whose mothers, wives, sisters, aunts and friends have lost their lives to cancer.
I was proud to wave at and blow kisses to my mother-in-law as she walked in the procession with the other participants. You can see her in the bottom left of the photo below.
I haven't made a definite decision yet but you can probably count on me being there next year raising funds and walking the 60 KMs again in support of this cause. Because cancer is hard, walking isn't.