September 16, 2002
Thanks to all who participated
in the drawing
With my community's enthusiastic support, my friend Martha and I walked 60 miles during the weekend of August 9-11, for breast cancer research, treatment and ultimately a cure.
We started in Enumclaw with a beautiful view of Mount Rainier and trudged through industrial Kent and Renton and up a bike path on the southeastern shore of Lake Washington. After spending the second night in a tent pitched on the 40-yard line of Bellevue High School's Astroturf football field, we crossed the I-90 bridge 3,000 strong.
Well, more or less strong. There were many blisters, sore feet and muscles. But no whining. Many walkers had creatively decorated their shirts, hats and packs - "Breast Friends," "Blisters for Sisters," "Bellevue Babes for Boobs," "Heart and Soles."
Many were walking in memory of someone close to them who had died of breast cancer. Some walked alone, some with brothers, husbands, daughters, mothers, sisters, cousins, and co-workers to share those memories. All along the way we were cheered on with lots of horn honking, hand waving, treats and water sprinklers.
We walked through downtown Seattle on Sunday afternoon ending up at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center for a closing ceremony, happy to contribute to such a worthy cause Ñ more than $3 million raised from our walk.
Thanks again for your great support.
Maura Van Ness, via e-mail