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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hammons Field Promenade
955 E Trafficway St, Springfield, MO Map it
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 7TH ANNUAL MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER OF SOUTHWEST MO! OUR 2015 EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH. NEW THIS YEAR: WE WILL BE SETTING UP ON THE HAMMONS FIELD PROMENADE (SHERMAN & TRAFFICWAY).
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN LAST YEAR'S EVENT. TOGETHER, WE RAISED OVER $215,000 IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER- NOW, LET'S FINISH THIS FIGHT!
In 2011, Victoria was asked to be a Co-Captain for the Reliable Chevrolet, LLC team to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Southwest Missouri. Always an advocate in this fight, Victoria continues to create awareness in the community and raise funds to help protect our future against breast cancer. Victoria is, truly, an integral volunteer in the success of the Making Strides event.
I believe that life is made up of little moments that help define who we are. Some moments are magical, some are horrific and you feel as you cannot go on, and some are just every day average moments; all of which you do not even realize are helping shape, mold, and create you as a person.
36 years ago, I was riding my bike in the neighborhood with a friend, when her father stepped out and yelled, “You need to go home.” I will never forget looking at my friend, Angela, and saying to her, “Do you feel that?” She said, “What is that?” and I said, “My mother died. I am going home to hear my momma is gone.” I was 9, and I am not sure how I knew that, but I did. That moment defined so much about me, who I am and how I react to things in my life, and I never even realized the effect or impact it would have for all the years to come.
I thought, ‘Okay, breast cancer won.’ We bury her, grieve, and move on. For a 9
year old, that seemed somewhat logical. WOW, was I ever wrong!! There is not a
day that has gone by that I have not missed her. Some days are harder than
others- because I believe some days a girl just needs her momma.
Breast cancer took my mother’s life and stole a part of me. That moment in time, 36 years ago, without me even knowing it, made me a survivor, fighter, and possibly a stronger person.
That is why I choose to fight! Every October, I gear up for a big fundraising push with Reliable Chevrolet, LLC. I realize how great we push in October, the awareness, and what a fantastic event I am involved in. However, breast cancer doesn’t affect me just in October. I am affected 24/7 - 365! Are you? Yes, I lost three wonderful, beautiful, and strong women (my grandmother, 50, my aunt, 45, my mother, 38) in my life all by the time I was 9 years old. What have I learned? I have learned, although my life changed without my permission by age 9, life was not looking for permission. I had a setback, but, that was all - it did not defeat me. Unfair? I think so, but, I have taken from that loss and moved it into what I hope helps teach awareness to others.
No matter how strong you think you are, if you are not listening to the signs your body gives you, you are failing yourself. Men and women alike. Cancer is not prejudice to any! I have had acquaintances, co-workers and very dear friends of mine, hear the awful words, “You have breast cancer.” (One male in this group....remember.....cancer does not discriminate.) I cannot even imagine what happens in that moment the doctor is telling you those words. What I hope for is that awareness, fundraisers, and paying attention to what your body says helps all of us to never hear those words!
I had lunch this week with my friend, she is a survivor! Just thinking back and speaking with her; all she has had to endure over her journey, starting from the moment she heard those words and ongoing today. As like my life, hers too changed without permission. Her attitude is so positive and she is such an inspiration! I have watched her struggle as she went through changes. I have listened to her fight, hearing anger and sadness over the loss of friends she has met during treatment. Where, sadly, cancer just overcame the innocent.
Well, I am here to say I stand STRONG to FIGHT for those who have passed on, those who have survived, and for those who are fighting. Help me to UNITE, not just for breast cancer, but ALL cancers. October is my month to SHOUT OUT LOUD - I HATE BREAST CANCER AND THE AFFECT YOU HAVE HAD ON MY LIFE! You swooped in without permission and I am going to do anything and everything I can to make sure you do not come back for me, my children, or my children’s children. You are not welcome here in my family, with my friends, my colleagues, and people I have not met. I will spend October, and year-round, speaking of more birthdays for all and raising awareness: please check yourself, talk to your doctors, and for goodness sake- get your mammograms. Knowledge is power - so power up - read, visit, speak, and give!
Today, I celebrate my southern roots and realize I am blessed to have spent the 9 years with my mother. To me, she is magical, beautiful, and the best woman I would have ever known if we were not robbed of time. I love you, momma, and I miss you every day. Together, my hope is that someday we are all cancer FREE, and no little girl has to lose her momma! That is why I volunteer with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Southwest MO. Join me and my team!
Reliable Chevrolet, LLC will partner with Making Strides of Southwest MO as a Flagship Sponsor again for the 2015 event. Each year, Victoria helps their team plan exciting fundraising events, like pie-throwing contests, and enjoys friendly competition between departments to see who can raise the most money for the store. The entire store rallies behind the cause and has fun doing it!
A huge thanks to Victoria, and her
Reliable Chevrolet, LLC team, for their support to the American Cancer Society in
this fight against breast cancer. We could not finish this fight without
volunteers like you!
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CONGRATULATIONS to our early registration challenge winners. Check out these spirited Strides teams!
You can help finish the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with American Cancer Society Making Strides of Southwest MO. Join more than one million people each year who are helping to end breast cancer.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight. By signing up, fundraising, and participating in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will help us be there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. You will help those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and prevention.
Every Making Strides event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer by funding groundbreaking breast cancer research, providing free comprehensive information and support, and helping people take steps to reduce their risk of the disease or find it early when it’s most treatable.
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