Thursday, August 11, 2011

Create

In two more sleeps, I will depart in the wee hours of the morning with my SIL and drive across town to UBC. There, we will meet up with our 14 other team mates and at 8:00 a.m., our 60 km journey begins.

After the two of us completed the Weekend to End Women's Cancers walk last year, I signed up (at the finish line) for this year's event and pledged to form a team of at least 10 people. With my SIL already in, we only needed 8 more! Imagine my excitement when, by October, we had grown to a powerhouse team of 16 women. Only the two of us had experienced the walk (and SIL had an extra year on me, having walked in 2009 as well), but everyone was excited to be on board.

Together we have raised over $40,000 in the fight against women's cancers and are a top 10 team! Team Kickin' Cancer with Creativity is comprised of quilters, jewelry-makers, a flipflop bedazzler, a gourmet basket-maker, successful businesswomen, SAHM's, and most importantly our two brave survivors. Together we have walked 10 km every Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. since January. We held two wildly successful events generously supported by our community and we've encouraged our family and friends to support us with donations.

Team gear

Last night I handed out our gorgeous team shirts (designed specially for us by the ever-so-generous and talented Berene who's sewing-related work and kits you can see/buy here) and embroidered logo hats (team photo next week!).

And then my friends handed me this:

A special gift
Stirling silver hand-stamped "Create" necklace by local jeweler Andrea Waines

I'm so very thankful for every one of them; for the hard work we've all put into raising funds, for the support and friendship we've shared over the past several months, and for the hope that our contribution will give to women fighting cancer in B.C.

Thanks team. You're the best. I can't wait for the weekend.
xo

23 comments:

Canadian Kristin said...

Hooray Krista! Congratulations to your cancer-kicking, crafting-crazy group! I am so proud of you for the hours and effort and work you have put into this Weekend to End Cancer!!! Well done! I will be thinking of your team as you walk this weekend, saying a prayer for good weather and great memories and mostly praying for a CURE!!!!!

...and as a side note, I have that same t-shirt! lol

Have a great weekend!!!!!!

Suzanne said...

Have a great weekend! Very impressive fund raising and pretty necklace.

Kristie said...

Awesome, Krista! Enjoy your weekend :) And great bling, by the way!

Cathy said...

Good luck with this, Krista!

Katie B. said...

That is a ton of money! Well done. Now kick some butt!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I love this post. Love the necklace, love the KCWC gear and love your team. Good luck!

Sana Saroti said...

Wow, I just read your post about last year's walk. I have a little tear in my eye now. Great that you are doing this. I have the sad feeling we don't have great fund-raising events like this over here. Have a great weekend and strong knees!!!!!!

Jamie said...

Thank you Krista! You and your team are amazing!

traceyjay said...

walk, walk, walk my friend! Love the shirts and necklace... I'm sending you wishes for cool and comfy weather. :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'll be walking next to you in spirit. My mother-in-law was a survivor for 36 years, and in the end succumbed to something entirely different than breast cancer! LOVE your necklace!!

PinkGranny said...

I will be thinking of you! I so appreciate everyone who participates in a race like this. I am a breast cancer survivor, seven years and ten months! Thank you!!! Have a good race and enjoy all that camaraderie along the race!

Michele Pacey said...

You're just amazing Krista! I hope you are all blessed with fine cool walking weather for your weekend walk! Congratulations on being one of the top 10 teams!!! Way to go!

nicolette said...

Go Krista Go! Taking part in this kind of events is wonderful. Good luck to you and the team!!

karen said...

Last minute contribution just in...enjoy your walk and your friends...thanks for doing this

Poppyprint said...

Karen, you are too kind and very generous. Thank you so much for your support!!! xx

Andrea said...

Congratulations and have an amazing time on this journey! My BCBabes cheering team are hosting one of the cheering stations and doing a hawaiin theme, handing out lei's, freezies, etc. Be sure to stop by and say hi! They've been working on this for a year!!

twirlymama said...

Add me to the long list of people who are super-impressed with you and your fantastic team! I will be sending positivity and 'keep going' vibes all weekend.....
Proud as anything of all of you! :)

sewtakeahike said...

Congratulations to you and your awesome team for raising so much!!! Krista you are an inspiration and I hope your 60k goes smoothly today!

Dianne said...

Hope your first day was awesome Krista, I've thinking about you all and hoping you were having a good walk! Good luck tomorrow!

Berene said...

Thought of u & the girls today. Hope yr feet r all getting a good rest tonight. Have a great day tomorrow with your fab team of awesomeness.

Nina Lise Moen said...

Looking forward to hear about the walk and the state of your feet/legs/back!

Andrea said...

Thanks for stopping by at the BCBabes, my dear! They wrote me to tell that you came by...and the photos are super. I'm out of town, so don't have a 'reply' function on my email, but wanted to let you know I got your photos. thanks so much, and again...WAY TO GO!!!

Marianne said...

Thank you for organizing this and walking to Kick Cancer. If you form a team for next year I am in!