Friday, October 15, 2010


Two weeks from today, on Saturday, October 30, a large group of friends and neighbors in Destin, Florida, will take a long walk which will make history---the history of helping people battling breast cancer, through early detection and treatment and therapy, and with counseling and support. The history will be in research and medicines, in doctors and scientists, in caring care-givers and in care.

A history of helping a young mother, or an older friend, or a sister or an aunt---just ONE person helped, or eased, or cured, is worth the sweat and the TIRED of the long walk, and many, many of the walkers HAVE been helped in their battle with breast cancer. Many have recovered; some are in the first months of their treatment, and some are soldiering on, still bravely fighting the fight with grace and courage.

I wish I could be there. I’d put on my walking shoes and get right out there in the group, marching together for a CURE. I have a sister, two daughters, three daughters-in-love, three grand-daughters, a great-grand-daughter, a sister-in-law, a mother-in-law, eight nieces, and five girl cousins, as well as dear friends whose warm personas and close friendships I cannot even think of being without. I love and care about each and every one, and this walk could very well save the life of any one of my own Dearies.

The Team that I know personally is Team Davenport, led by just a beachkat’s Kat Davenport.
She has been a Survivor for several years, and is a staunch proponent and supporter of the Walk. (click) SHE WALKS FOR LIFE.

Do go and have a look at the plans for the Walk, and if you’d care to contribute from far away, just click on the little pink thermometer---it takes only a moment, and as few clicks and letters as it would if you were just making a “comment.”

And while you’re there, DO listen to the song---It’s Melissa Etheridge, with a story of courage and survival, and the will to Run for Life.

Brava to every single person who puts shoe to path, or hand to purse, who hands out water, or band-aids or assistance, or who helps another along on the journey. The blessing will spread a thousandfold, and we can all be someone’s angel unaware.


Kat said...

Awwwww...tears!...what a beautifully written post! Thank you sweet friend! I do so wish you could be here to walk with us, but I know you'll be with us in spirit. I'll walk for me and you and all those we both love.

Big hugs and much love,

Chesapeake said...

A wonderful post as usual, Rachel.

Kat, gorgeous photos of the Emerald Coast! I'll be there with you in spirit. I'm a 12-year survivor.

Tonja said...

I'm with you totally on this one! We had a big walk and run and bicycle race today here in Dothan. Lots of support all over. How wonderful! And, how wonderful that you have so many women in your family! I think that is fantastic!

Jeanne said...

Good morning Rachel, I was gone all day yesterday to a blog party at Penny's home. Her blog is Lavender Hill and The Comforts of Home. There were several bloggers from miles around in attendance. We had the most wonderful time. I will post about it on Monday.

I have done the Walk for Life a few times. My sister is a breast cancer survivor and my niece Tina is in the recovery process now. We always contribute to the cause. Your family that is walking are wonderful to join in. Our family is what makes the world go round and makes us so thankful for the blessing of their love.

I just got out of bed and this is a late day for me. Hubs and Cheri' are still in bed. Maybe because it is in the 30's outside and quite chilly in the house. An electric blanket keeps us cosy at night.

Quick, how do you make potato salad for fifty? How many potatoes does it take? My plan is to make a hash brown casserole. It is pretty easy and always a hit.

Have a wonderful Sunday.
Warm hugs,

racheld said...

It's wonderful to hear of everyone's dedication and support for a LIFE-SAVING cause!!

Jeanne, I was just listing the women in my family for whom I am so thankful, and whose kinship and friendship are a vital part of what makes me ME. None of us are walking, that I know of, but I sent a little contribution to Kat for Caro and me.

You'd use about twenty pounds of little red potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled---you get every bit of the weight of them, and we love the peel "in." Microwave about a dozen and a half at a time, pierced in a coupla places, for five or six minutes, squeeze a couple for doneness, then dump into a HUGE bowl to cool a bit til they're all cooked.

Several minced sweet onions, a couple of minced bell peppers, about a dozen and a half boiled eggs, chopped. (Now here is where I mention the Special Sauce, which the still-warm, cut potatoes are sprinkled and tossed with, with a good measure of salt, while they cool a bit---it's really just glorified pickle juice, made by the quart and kept at all times).

Stir all the chopped veggies with about a quart of mayo and a good cup of mustard. Big handful of celery seeds, toss it all with the potatoes, and snug away in the fridge in BIG Tupperwares til time for dinner! A friend of mine, unbeknownst to me, made FIFTY POUNDS of this for our wedding dinner on my parents' lawn.

Pear tree cottage! said...

Dear Rachel, Bravo! to you dear friend this post is wonderful and yes we all do what we can....did you know that 1 in 9 ladies is touch by breast cancer.........that is horrid and needs to stop.....research will do it!! love from Lee-ann

Nichole said...

Hi. That was a nice post :)
Following you from Kat's.