Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Rack Pack Paint Chi-Town Pink

I started this blog to celebrate the time in our lives when we're a little bit older, a little bit wiser, hopefully a little bit richer, and ready to take on some new challenges, pursue different opportunities, and just invest in one's (aging) self.  This encompasses a wide range of topics....like shamelessly covering your chairs in pictures of movie characters to pursuing feats of strength and endurance that you never thought were possible.


This weekend, my most challenging physical endeavor was lifting an arbor vitae out of my cart and into my swagger wagon.  However, I vicariously participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago, where several SHEs from our 'hood walked 13.1 miles on Saturday and then another 13.1 on Sunday.  The $10,000+ they raised for the event will be used to support several aspects of breast cancer including research, education, and screening/diagnosis.  


To kick off the weekend, the walkers and a bunch of us cheerleaders got together Friday night for carbohydrate loading and some light warm up exercises (e.g., dancing).  The energy that is derived from a group of SHEs is ageless.  It is a force to be reckoned with whether the group is 8, 38, or 80 years old.  This seems particularly true when there is a shared passion...in this case, rallying our five walkers for the grueling two-day event and most importantly, celebrating the accomplishment of one particular walker....a breast cancer survivor.  


If you look closely, you can see her aura.  It glows hot pink and fires up the spirit of any SHE in a 50 foot radius.  That cancer didn't stand a chance in this SHE.  


Congrats to you and all of the walkers that help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.  And thank you for the inspiration!

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