My Mother and Aunt are SURVIVORS!!! - Amanda Bailey/Glenwood, AR
The reason I race is to support my mother and aunt in their fight against breast cancer. They are SURVIVORS!!!! However, both of them are still battling the side effects of treatment and the medications the are having to take afterwards. My grandmother also had breast cancer, but she passed away this spring. I have participated in the race for two years. This year will be my third. When I see all of the people going over the bridge and others starting over the next bridge, it is truly amazing. My mother, Marilyn Warren, and I usually walk hand-in-hand and shed tears of amazement, joy, and gratitude all at the same time. My Mom is truly an outstanding woman. She has taught elementary school for 28 years, and she never stopped through the surgeries and treatments. During chemo, she lost all of her hair, but she kept going to school. She would take time out of class the let the children see and touch her head. It was a learning experience for them and humbling her. Also, she is a true believer in God. My Mom`s faith is stronger than ever. This experience has also strengthen mine. I am so glad to be the daughter, niece, and granddaughter of such great women. May God bless each and every woman, and her fight with breast cancer.