My weekend was emotional, inspiring, up-lifting, powerful, positive and encouraging. This is all thanks to the Race for a Cure event we attended on Saturday to help raise awareness and support to Breast Cancer victims, survivors and women currently fighting this terrible disease.
We put a team together with some of my best friends and their families, They were kind enough to be apart of my Burn20 team in walking 3.1 miles. This race was important to me because my mother-in-law fought and beat Breast Cancer. I wanted to not only show her that what she did was strong and inspiring, but I wanted to walk on her behalf for other women and men who have cancer, to support them. I think she was proud of us.
My daughter, Mia, came along as well. I thought it was great for her to see her mommy and her friends being active and exercising, but more then that, it was important for her to see people coming together for one cause. I wanted her to see how one person can help make a difference. I wanted her to see that when enough people believe in something, they can unite and fight back. And it helped that she got to wear all pink, anything would get her attention when everywhere you look, people and places are painted pink from top to bottom.
As a matter of fact, people weren’t just wearing pink clothes, they painted their entire bodies pink. Oh wait, you’ve got to hear this one: We passed five guys (all in their early twenties) and they had pink mo-hawks wearing only pink speedo’s. That’s it, no shirts, no shoes, nothing else. There were also a lot of women wearing big pink tutu’s; men wearing pink suites; kids dressed in pink costumes; and there was pink confetti all over the floor. It was like pink lipstick exploded all over Miami. It was quite the scenery. Needless to say, Mia loved it, as did everyone else.
I’ve never been surrounded by so many women, and men for that matter, who all have one thing in common: Breast Cancer has affected their lives. Whether it was them personally, a family member or a friend. There were over 23,000 people at this 5k walk. It’s funny though, even though Breast Cancer has negatively affected all of these people, there wasn’t a negative feeling anywhere to be found. It was positive, all of it. Even when Breast Cancer has taken someones mother, daughter, friend- they were all smiling. They weren’t there to mourn a loss, they were there to celebrate a life.
That’s what impacted me the most. The way people were cheering in memory for someone they cared about. Don’t get me wrong, there were tears, and lots of them. But there were not sad tears. They were tears of, “They were an amazing person”, “My mom lived a great life” and “I can beat this thing”. They were tears of joy and empowerment.
I want to thank all of the people who helped our team by donating and/or walking with us to help us make a difference. This was the first time we participated in this cause and I know it wont be the last. I hope through all of the hard work everyone is putting into finding a cure, one day we will be fortunate enough to find a solution. I was honored to be apart of this fundraiser, I was honored such strong women shared the street, and their story, with me. Remember, with every single dollar you put into these causes, it will help make a difference.