We were off in a sea of pink, full of optimism and slathered in sunscreen. It was about 32 C in Vancouver under bluebird skies. My SIL and I walked together and raised almost $7000 between the two of us, not bad!
Six kilometers to go before we can trade our runners for flipflops!
The volunteer cheering squad was amazing. They drove decorated motorcycles and mini-vans along the route, stopping regularly to help us cross busy intersections, squirt us with water, blast disco tunes to keep us moving and generally provide a super-positive atmosphere.
Even families along the route showed their support by leaving their sprinklers on over the sidewalk, cheering from their doorsteps, or providing refreshing drinks and in this case delicious plums!
It was wonderful to walk through our amazing city and enjoy the views. Here we are strolling the seawall at the 2010 Olympic Athlete's Village.
All things considered we didn't fare too badly. The medics wrapped my 'other' knee on day 2 and kept my biggest blister sealed under moleskin. I am pleasantly surprised that I'm able to walk today with minimal pain. Mostly, I'm just terribly proud of everyone who participated (especially the large contingent of survivors and women currently undergoing treatment!) and all of our amazing supporters. In Vancouver alone we raised $2.4 million for the B.C. Cancer Agency.
The two of us have already signed on for next year and I'm building a team. We need more walkers! I'm hoping to gather many of my creative and quilty friends so we can "Kick Cancer with Creativity." Care to join us?
Like the radio ads said, "cancer is hard...walking is easy".