[Mom In mid-December of 1999 my mom (in photo at left with my dad) was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy (a surgical procedure in which a section of the breast is removed) in January 2000 she underwent seven months of chemotherapy (drug treatment) and five weeks of radiation therapy (X-ray treatment that damages or kills cancer cells). Although her twice-daily Tamoxifen pills (to be taken the next five years) are unpleasant reminders of breast cancer, my mom is as amazing as ever!

In the face of breast cancer, I felt humbled and powerless. But I found a way to support my mom in her struggle. I, along with six of my closest friends, participated in the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer walk in Atlanta in Sept. 2000.

Together we walked 60+ miles and raised $24,000, part of the $5 million raised that weekend.

Read the article I wrote for the Virginian Pilot after the walk.

Read a wonderful cancer poem.

For more information on breast cancer, please consult the following links:

American Cancer Society

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations

National Cancer Institute

Breast Cancer Facts

Photo at left: Danby, Ryan, Liz C., Mary Stewart, Lisa, Liz G.
and Annie near Stone Mountain, Georgia on Day 2

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