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Making Strides walk a great place to start

October has become famous for being known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are encouraged to get mammograms and do self-breast exams. As the leaves turn and the temperature cools, we are reminded to join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

When our family moved to this area years ago, my daughters and I became involved in the Making Strides walk. At first we walked to be a part of a team, then we were walking in honor of friends and family who were diagnosed, and then in memory of those we lost. I was and still am proud of my daughters for being a part of this inspiring event all these years.

There is a sense of solidarity in the sea of participating walkers; I urge anyone who has never taken part to do so. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this year will be held Oct. 20 starting at Memorial Field. Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The opening ceremonies and survivor photo will be at 12:45 p.m. The completion of the walk leaves one with a sense of achievement, but, more importantly, an appreciation of community; a very special community of love and compassion.

After you join the Making Strides walk, remember our obligation to help is not complete. Every day, a new diagnosis is given and the patient and their family are scared. After the shock of diagnosis, the daily pain, sadness and decisions must be dealt with. Today my walks have taken on a different purpose. I walk daily for peace and prayer. I pray for those touched by illness, be it cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental illness and countless other conditions. I pray for the patient and the caregiver. I pray for the community supporting the family and then I remember to be thankful for that community.

With reflection over the past year, I have realized illness of all types happen every second of every day of every month of every year. The Making Strides walk is a great place to start helping, but I urge you to keep walking.

Walk for your own health and spirituality, and with that inner calm appears the ability to see clearly, and then we are better able to help and support those that need us, no matter the name of the illness.

To start or join a team, call Kathy Russ at 774-4404. Donations may be made online via You can search for a team or individual walker and make an electronic donation.

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