An Opportunity - Linda Blevins
The Susan G. Komen Race is an opportunity to find the answer to eradicating breast cancer. In the meantime, it is such a valuable tool in providing education, medical assistance and support to those who have the disease. I suppose the most compelling reason to be a part of the race are my dear friends who are SURVIVORS. My friend Suzette, who graduated from high school with me, has been an inspiration in overcoming the emotional and physical recovery from this disease. I was stunned by the news that someone `my age` was a victim of this dreaded disease. Other close friends like Barbara, Sandy (19 year survivor) and Sara (turned 80 years old this year) are continuing to live vital lives. Another friend, Linda, is currently in treatment and I plan to celebrate her 1st year of survival in the 2007 AR Komen Race for the Cure. I always feel good after the race, thinking I have done a small thing to support this cause, but when I watch the Survivors approaching the finish line, I realize ""they are the ones"" that really have done a great thing! There is no way to hold back the tears as you see a line of three friends, two of which are holding up the middle person to help them make it across the finish line! While it was the love of two sisters that started this great cause, it still is compassion and love of family and friends that have made it grown worldwide.