|Help Me to Help Fight and Eventually End Breast Cancer|
For those of you who haven't heard, this year, I'll be participating in a very special event called the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in Dallas, TX.
I'll walk 60 miles over the course of three days, November 7, 8 and 9, with thousands of other women and men. The net proceeds will support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.
I'll be honest, I wasn't originally planning on walking as I wasn't sure I could raise the $2200 needed to be able to walk. However, as a show of support for my friends that were walking, and to help me lose weight, I started training with them on the weekends. You may have already seen some updates on here showing how many miles I've walked most weekends. The most so far was 18.25 on a Saturday and 15 on Sunday.
Part of the reason anyone started doing this was because of our good friend Susan Martinez, aka Captain Susan. Susan was diagnosed with stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) back in February. If you haven't heard of this silent killer please visit http://www.ibcsupport.org . IBC isn't a lump and can't be detected by a Mammogram so many women, like Susan, don't find out about it until it may be too late. Susan unfortunately lost her battle with IBC on June 18th of this year. She had signed up to do this walk and did actually raise the money necessary to do so. Since I'd already been training with Captain Susan's Pirates they asked me to walk in her place with them and I am honored to be doing just that. I will also be carrying an Honor flag at Opening and Closing ceremonies.
In addition to walking in Honor of Captain Susan I will also be walking in Memory of my Grandmother. I recently found out that when my Grandmother, Edith Devaney, passed away a few years ago that it was due to complications from Breast Cancer.
Part of the reason for this Blog is to let everyone know that I'm doing this walk but to also ask you to donate. However, since Susan reached her goal and I'm walking in Honor of her, I don't need to raise any money. So I'm asking that you give to one of my best friends, Deb Haas. She is still trying to reach her goal of $2200. She is close but not there yet. You can donate to her by visiting:
You can also find her donation page by visiting mine and clicking the 'Captain Susan's Pirates' button to go to our Team page.
You can also call 800.996.3DAY to donate over the phone or print out a form to mail in from the link above. Also, you don't have to donate all at once. The 3 Day website has a payment plan option. You can pay as little as $25 per month until you reach the full amount you want to donate. If you find, when you get to Deb's page, that she's reached her goal, feel free to go back to my page and donate to me or let me know and I can point you to the pages for some other people I know who are walking but haven't reached their goa.. Any money raised to help fight Breast Cancer is money well spent.
We only have two more training weekends before the walk. This weekend we are walking 18 miles on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. If you want to support us in another way feel free to ask where we'll be and come out to cheer us on during our training, or bring us some needed refreshments.
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, approximately 200,000 American women and over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. That's another reason why I'm walking so far. To do something bold about breast cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible experience with me.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!
aka David Devaney, Jr.
aka David D
aka Lord Dewi
P.S. I will have my cell phone on me during the walk so feel free to text message me messages of encouragement. I'll also periodically check my email.
P.P.S I didn't realize it but Susan's sister Kaylee is still updating the Blog. If you want to read it go to the following link: