Northwest NEWS

March 26, 2001

Editorial

Walker makes commitment for friend

I've made a commitment to a very special and powerful event in the fight against breast cancer. The weekend of Aug. 10, I will be participating in the first Avon's Breast Cancer 3 Day to be held in Seattle. I'll walk about 60 miles from Enumclaw into downtown Seattle with more than 2,000 other men and women who believe in this cause. We are hoping to each raise several thousand dollars for breast cancer research and awareness and early detection for all women. The net proceeds from the event will benefit Avon's Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade, a nonprofit initiative of Avon Products Inc.
   Last year about 45 million dollars went to grants and research. The three day walk is Avon's biggest fund-raiser and will be happening in eight other major cities throughout the U.S. this year.
   All of us know someone who has been affected by this disease. I have a co-worker who was diagnosed early last year. I have watched her bravely go through such an awful process to survive. At the age of 33 she lost a breast and went through chemotherapy and baldness, then radiation that burned her skin and medications, including steroids, which made her weight and face balloon. She laughingly called herself a "Smurf."
   She was sick and yet worked and laughed everyday. I had a hard time ever complaining about sore feet at the end of a long day. Now a little over a year later, she is saving money for reconstructive surgery and exercising to bring her body back to its original weight - so much courage.
   I felt the need to support that courage by going out and raising money to help battle this disease. Elizabeth is only one story; there are thousands more, like my dad's cousin Betty or my sister-in-law Sue or my sister's college friend who lost her life because of breast cancer.
   I am writing to all my friends and family and coworkers in the hopes that you will help me raise this money. I need your help to achieve my goal, but women everywhere need this money to conquer breast cancer. Please pledge your support and make your tax deductible contribution now.
   The walk is in August but pledges must be received by July 1. Contributions must be accompanied by a pledge form which can be downloaded from www.breastcancer3day.org or by calling (206) 624-5756.
   Thank you for your generosity
   Pamela Trefethen, walker #3700, Woodinville