October 07, 2012

Making Strides.

On Saturday morning I joined a couple friends and about 100 other people for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, a powerful and inspiring opportunity that honored breast cancer survivors, raised awareness about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and to raise money so the American Cancer Society can continue to fund breast cancer research and increase access to mammograms for women who need them. 

Making Strides began 20 years ago, and since then, breast cancer death rates have declined more than 32 percent...and more women have been able to celebrate more birthdays.

We began the morning with some coffee and Zumba. It was about 40 degrees, so these activities were very helpful in keeping our bodies nice and warm.

It had been constantly raining in Anchorage for about 48 hours prior to the walk. However, Saturday morning, it was NOT raining...and, although damp and wet, we stayed dry for the entirety of the walk. A few pockets of blue peeked through the clouds, which made the walk quite enjoyable.

The walk started in downtown Anchorage and ventured out onto the Coastal Trail before looping back around a residential area and finishing back downtown...

...for a total of four miles, I thought about the many more birthdays I have been able to celebrate with my grandma thanks to the funds raised by events like Making Strides.

Say cheese!

We finished!! ...and all agreed that the morning was well spent supporting a great cause.