Day Two came bright and early. Dad woke me up early so I could go to Medical to get rewrapped before it got too busy. Smart move because it got us to breakfast super early too. By the time we were finished packing our bags and lowering our tents other walkers were just getting to breakfast. The lines were CRAZY.
The Reebok Headquarters try each year to put these cute pink ducks in their little pond. Each year these all end the evening butt up. By the morning time they were lined up ready to see us off!
I really thought Dad looked like it was his first day walking! (The black sock is a compression sock. He has shin splints and this is SUPER helpful!)
I, on the other hand, not so fresh.
Slowly we all started to line up and at 7:30 the route opened for us to finish up our last 13.1 miles on the way back to UMass Boston.
While waiting in line to leave I saw a few girls in their early 20s wearing a shirt that said “I Walk for My Mother. Diagnosed May 2, 2009. Lost her Battle February 9, 2010.” I welled up just thinking how sad it would be to lose a loved one and especially in such a short amount of time.
After walking for about a mile and a half I saw a sign that said “M&M”. My friend Jess (remember my work buddy?!) came out with her kids to cheer us on!!!
I was so excited to have a sign dedicated to us! It felt so good and made me totally forget about my blisters for a few minutes. Jess participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day a few years ago and knows how important it is to feel supported. BIG THANKS TO HER!!!
As we walked through neighborhoods we were shocked again to see more locals come out to show support for walkers. They passed out water, lemonade, freeze pops, and candy. Amazing!
By Mile 3 I was having some serious blister issues. I need to get my other foot wrapped and was so thankful for the Medical Crew. I think many others were too!
While I waited for Medical, others waited for the bathroom.
There is a lot of waiting in lines on the Avon Walk!
Dad and I did a little goofing around before we heading back out on the route.
Around Mile 8 we hit lunch and another Medical Stop. Rewrap #2!
Dad and I walked, and walked, and walked. There were times where we were surrounded by people and other times where we felt like we somehow missed the whole group. There were a few tears on my part not only because of my pain, but also because I felt so proud of myself for doing this. I took in all the shirts that people wore in tribute to others and found joy in all the people who came out to support the walkers. When we finally hit the Finish line I felt amazing. I wanted to lay down and nap for days, but I felt soo accomplished. I had set out to walk 39.3 miles with my Dad and that is just what I did!
The Closing Ceremonies was another amazing event where people shared their stories. Suze Orman also made an appearance to share how much money we raised and were able to give to local organizations for research grants.
All the walkers lined up to walk in to participate in the ceremony. Some walked in on their own, others walked with the support of friends and family. Survivors and those who support them walked as one.
All of those white pom poms were Survivors that participated in the walk. 294 Survivors walked with us this weekend.
Suze Orman announced how much money we raised this year and total! ($5.8 this year!)
Think somoene is missing? The Scientist tried to come down to see us cross the finish line but it was so crowded that he couldn’t find parking. I was sad he missed it, but immediately perked up when I came home to find “Congrats!” roses. Lovely.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is an experience that I will never forget. It is something I will share with my Dad forever. It felt so good to put my mind to something and follow through. I helped not only myself, but a great cause. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this goal without the support of my friends, The Scientist and and especially my MOM.
We are IN IT TO END IT.