Thursday, March 30, 2006

Breast Cancer

No, this is not a photo of The Godfather, it’s just me and my daughters, at my daughter Stacey’s wedding in 1992. None of us has breast cancer.

Perhaps you have noticed that I occasionally expound on how absolutely proud I am of my children, Stace and Amy included, as they go about their lives with gusto, intelligence, kindness, bravery, and a page full of glorifying adjectives you might drift off on. These are two great and respectable human beings, and I just happen to be their Dad.

You know how some kids in a family grow up, and when they are growing up, they don’t have that much to do with each other, sorta stand-offish with each other? Well, that didn’t happen with these guys. From day one, they have been best friends, and it has continued to this day. They live very near each other in the Seattle area, by design. When I ask one of them when they might move to Portland, to be closer to the old man, they just say, “when my sister moves down there, that’s when I’m movin’.

Marie and I have sometimes discussed how blessed we each feel to have met, for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I have inherited a wonderful son, and Marie two daughters. We care deeply about all of our children, and grandchildren, and when we both retire, I am certain that they will approve the construction of a permanent Airstream pad on the side of their house. Gary and Tim, git t’work on that will ya? A full hook-up site will do nicely.

Stacey and Amy both hold down important jobs. Stace, a mother of four, runs her own successful online operation,, and Amy, a mother of two, is a marketing manager for a large corporation. Being the marketeers that they are ( I like to think it’s in the blood), I wasn’t surprised a couple of days ago when Amy wrote to ask if I might post a link to one of her upcoming projects, on my site.

For the last couple of years, Stacey and Amy have lent their time and their legs to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Breast Cancer 3-Day”, a 60 mile walk, over 3 days, in Seattle, and across the nation, to benefit the foundation and their fine work. The 2006 Seattle 3-day takes place from August 25-27. Last year, when Amy was 7 months pregnant, she worked in food service as a Crew Member, while Stace and her mother walked the route. This year, Amy is pumped to be walking the route, while Stace manages all the offspring they have accumulated.

Making this walk for breast cancer research, and for the benefit of breast cancer patients, is a huge committment. For starters, a walker must pledge $2200 to the foundation, and then begin the process of seeking donations for their effort. I sort of like the idea of the financial stipulation the foundation makes, because it tends to really make a person get out and do it right, but it is a lot of money. Still, I know Amy, and I am certain that she is holding her head up high and kicking some philanthropic butt to make it happen.

I am going to ask you to help Amy and Stacey in their efforts. Amy’s husband Gary is going to walk the 3-day too, and so I should also mention that we have two great sons-in law. But I don’ wanna get too mushy about those boys yet, 'til I see how that trailer pad they’re makin’ comes out.

Click here to donate to Amy’s 60 mile 3-day walk for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. ANY amount would be greatly appreciated!

And here are some more photos of the sisters.

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