June 18, 2001
Duvall residents to walk 60 miles in breast cancer fund-raiser
by Valley View staff
DUVALL - They walk 10 to 12 miles on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail every Saturday, fighting sore knees and other minor injuries. But they figure the goals they have set are well worth the aches and pains. Between the five of them, they hope to raise several thousand dollars in a walkathon fund-raiser to fight breast cancer.
On August 10, 11 and 12, Duvall residents Kelly Stevens, Carol Smith, Kristin Avery, Judy Taylor and Sara Artley will join nearly 3,000 others taking part in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day. They will walk 60 miles over three days to raise money and awareness for breast cancer programs nationwide, including medical research, financial assistance and support services, educational seminars and non-profit community-based breast health programs. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death of women age 40-55 in the U.S.
Stevens says she learned about the event from a fitness magazine and decided the walkathon was not only a good cause, but a great motivation to get into shape. After signing up, she found the four other women in town with the same goal. They all decided to train together on Saturdays, rain or shine, for the event.
"It's been neat," she said. "We have had a lot of bonding time."
Stevens, 32, says she has already raised $1,300.
"The money comes from a lot of sources," she said. "It's amazing how generous people are ... donations come from people I've never met."
Stevens said Avon is well-known for its commitment to breast cancer programs.
"They do a lot of research," she said. "Also, for people undergoing chemotherapy and have lost their hair, Avon supplies wigs."
Stevens added that her two daughters, ages five and seven, often go along on the walks.
"They're all for it," she said. "They bring their bikes and the dogs. It's a fun way to do things together and makes them think about giving to others. And, they need to be made aware that there are these things out there (cancer) that can happen."
The event will start on Friday, Aug. 10, in Enumclaw, and end with closing ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 12, in Seattle. The participants will walk approximately 20 miles each day, traveling at their own pace. The walkers will be supported by 500 volunteers and will enjoy catered hot meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, hot showers and comprehensive medical services. Each evening, walkers will enjoy camaraderie and entertainment, and sleep in supplied tents under the stars.
In order to participate, each walker must train for the event and must commit to raising a minimum of $1,900.
To prepare for the three-day walk, each walker is assigned a walker-coach who will help them in all aspects of training and fund-raising. Clinics, meetings, training sessions and mailings provide ongoing support.
To make a greater impact, Kelly (walker number 3342) has set a personal fund-raising goal of $2,500. Anyone interested in donating may log onto www.breastcancer3day.org/donation.htm and make a pledge online or call (888) 3DAY AVON.
Checks can be mailed to Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Seattle, c/o La Salle Bank, 135 S. La Salle, Dept. 7247, Chicago, Il 60674, payable to Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day. Checks should include the walker's name and number and which event (Seattle).
From the inaugural three-day event in 1998, the fund-raising walks have generated a total of $65 million in net proceeds to fund access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.