Netiva on crew
for breast cancer awareness
What has 8,000 feet and walks three miles an hour? Give up? ... THE
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt.
This August, 2002, I was on the crew of the Colorado 3-day walk.
My fantastic team included Ben, Ken, Kelly, kasia, Doris and Terri:
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. This year, over 42,000 women are expected to die of the disease. There is no way to prevent breast cancer, but if it is detected early, it can often be treated successfully. There is no way to cure breast cancer, but medical research is closer to that goal than ever before.
Imagine knowing that because of us, tens of thousands of women will be reached with life-saving early detection services and researchers may soon find a cure.
Joining with Thousands of Others
The Journey, training with Florence, Lucy, Bonnie and Banita for 2001 walk.
"Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path." Thich Nhat Hahn
2000 Breast Cancer Facts
Most common form of cancer in
women in the U.S.: Breast Cancer
Percentage of women who are at
risk for breast cancer: 100%
Number of new cases of female
invasive breast cancer: 182,800
Number of women who will die from
the disease this year: 41,200
Number of lives that could be saved
annually if breast cancer had
been detected earlier: 17,400
A woman's risk of being diagnosed with
breast cancer in her lifetime: 1 in 9
Number of ways to prevent
breast cancer: Zero
My breast cancer poetry ....     "we must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mohandas Gandhi
To honor those who have lost the battle to cancer or were not able to be there, our shoes represented the feet of those who could not walk.
The above picture was taken from Lisa's page
See also Labar's page.
and Banita's page, all partners in walking...
Other long walks I participated in include my 4-day walk around Nijmegen, Holland, July 2001, and Apeldoorn walk in Holland, in July, 2002.
See some of our efforts with the European AIDS ride,
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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher and author (1712-1778)
This brings to mind the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet, dramatist, novelist, and philosopher
(1749-1832), who said:
"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together."
Henry James (1843-1916) also had thoughts on the same subject:
"Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind."
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, and musician (1875-1965)
These words may read like a platitude, but our daily lives are marked with so many unkindnesses, our own as much as those of others, that it is well to remind ourselves that every act of kindness, no matter how small, is a gift to the world, making it a more graceful, more beautiful, more peaceful place.
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached. Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.
PLEASE Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below and help women living with breast cancer get the care they need and deserve!
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97
years old and we don't know where the hell she is!
Last updated 8/8/02
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the hell she is!
Last updated 8/8/02