I'm heading to Seattle to work the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. My first experience with the walk was as a "walker" 10 years ago. My sister and I both signed up without knowing the other was signing up. We walked from Santa Barbara to Malibu, 60 miles in 3 days, and it became a passion of mine to stay involved with this group. 2000 was a trying year because my dad was dying from metastasized prostate cancer, so to be involved with this walk with my sister was a very emotional and gratifying experience. 10 years later, 7 more "walks" under my belt. This will be the third time to crew the walk. 2004 was another emotional year because several of my friends were newly diagnosed and so they came out to surprise me as I was getting ready to leave for New York. Here they were recuperating from different stages of breast cancer and they were coming out to SUPPORT me. This is what the Ya-Yas are all about! The Ya-Yas are my friends, Tzippy, Deborah, Diane, Kim (RIP) and Marcia. We met through the walk and have remained friends all these years. Through the years people come and go in your life. These gals are true friends. We named ourselves the Ya-Yas after the movie The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood a few years back. Breast cancer has touched so many of my friends and I like that I can do something to make a difference, even if it is putting up a sign at camp to let the walkers know where the showers are located (you have to have walked 20+ miles in one day to appreciate what a welcome site those showers are). We work long, hard days to make the walk as comfortable as possible for the walkers. We choose a different city each year to work/walk. I have walked or worked in San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Atlanta and Philadelphia, sometimes more than once in each city. To tell the truth, I would rather be walking and hope to find a group to train with and walk again next year. But for now, it's working on the Camp Signage team for me.
So, it's off to Seattle we go.