2020: This number has a different meaning for everyone. As the world faced a global pandemic I received the news I had breast cancer. I was told I was fortunate because my cancer was stage 0. I didn't feel fortunate. I felt afraid and scared. But as I began this complicated journey of tests, scans, biopsies and more, I soon realized that I WAS fortunate.
My cancer was caught early. I did my mammogram before the pandemic hit. My doctor then ordered an MRI because my tissue was dense. I wasn't thrilled to do the MRI, but I did it. And I'm grateful to all the diagnostic tools that were available to me resulting in my early diagnosis. I can't imagine not being able to afford to have a mammogram. Simply stated: mammograms save lives. The earlier the cancer is found the easier it is to fight it. But there are so many women who can't afford this life saving procedure. That is not acceptable. So, I am walking to raise money to help those not as fortunate as myself.
The Miracle Mile Walk supports University Hospital's Randy W. Cooper, M.D., Center for Breast Health Services and Mobile Mammography Unit, which provide life-saving screenings to women in our community regardless of their ability to pay. No woman is ever turned away from the mobile unit! On behalf of University Health Care Foundation, and the patients whose lives are saved and myself, thank you for your partnership. Even if you can't walk with me, you can support me every step of the way!
As I started my journey I was overwhelmed with love and support from family and friends both near and far. I know not everyone can come to Augusta to walk with me, but you can all walk wherever you are. I am sure everyone who is reading this knows someone else who has gone through this fight.
Please support my participation in this exciting event and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Gnome One Fights Alone