Saturday, October 4, 2008

Race for the Cure!

Vote for the Cure! It gives all of us a chance to challenge the candidates to make breast cancer a priority in their campaigns. Click Here: I raced - well, okay, walked in the 10th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in St. Petersburg this morning. Our team is The Happy Bottom Pink Dragonflies, named to honor Heather's grandmother.
Our youngest member is Emma, dressed in pink for the occasion and wearing racing number 1.

She is the sweetest happiest baby I have ever known, and took the day in stride. She had her juice and her cheese crackers, lots of attention, and enjoyed the day.

Team Captain, Emma's mom, Heather (left), DJ (Heather's mom) and Drew Heather's daughter are pictured above. Heather, and friends, Irene and Dana, also raced the 5K and came back to the finish line for the 1 mile walk which we all did together. Camille and I rounded up the team

We are at the starting line and ready to go! The team in the red shirts ahead of us listed the survivors they are celebrating. I walked in honor of my sister Mary as well as my friends Suzanne, Olga and Debby, and Heather's grandmother.

It was a beautiful day, cool by Florida standards with a nice breeze off of Tampa Bay. We didn't melt.

Thousands of survivors and supporters raced and walked for the cure. St. Petersburg was a sea of pink. The women survivors were given special pink shirts and hats. The men survivors -Yes! men can get breast cancer too! - were given gray shirts and hats to wear and all received medals at the end of their race.

Two of my friends were diagnosed with breast cancer just within the last few weeks! Both ladies found a lump during self examination. Both ladies are on the way to recovery. Don't forget to do your self examination every month! And get those mammograms! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - so be aware and take care of yourselves!


willow said...

Good for you! It's a great cause and thanks for the reminder! :)

Lavinia said...

Applause, applause! Kudos to you.

Hmmmm......juice box and crackers? That would make me happy too!

Debby said...

You're a hero, Cynthia.

Betsy said...

Great cause...good for you to be involved! And that little one is a cutie!

MuseSwings said...

Thank you so much ladies! Debbie - you are too!
I would have been happy with a juice box and crackers, Lavinia.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I am so proud of you doing something so admirable. Also, thanks for reminding me that I need to get my mammogram appt. You are a special person.

Janeen said...

To be proud for sure! An excellent way to spend ANY day! Congratulations on completing the walk! And the reminder to self examine never gets old - thank you! Put those feet up and rest a spell!

MuseSwings said...

Nana Trish and Janeen - thank you -I was just happy to participate in such a good cause. Make those appointments, ladies!

soulbrush said...

thanks for the continual reminder, quite a few people in my family died from cancer, so i too contribute every month to a worthy cause.well done you all.

Sea Angels said...

Fantastic, it's lovely people like yourself that raise the profile of Breast Awarness and make it easier for all women, you are just fantastic!!!!! thankyou and WELL DONE.
Hugs Lynn xx

Stephen Joos said...

Did you know that you can send a Text, and Help Cure Beast Cancer?

mGive(text) 'KOMEN' to 90999 to donate $5

Help spread the word.

dj said...

Awwwwwwwwwww Cynthia...thanks for pic's of my girl's on your muse page (coulda left me out though...LOL!)...'twas a fun day & looking forward to the next one...TURKEY TROT...hope all is well & love, absolutely love the plumeria with raindrops picture...have a wonderful rest of the day! DJ :)