In April my friend Leanne Coppen died of Her2 breast cancer.
She was only 38 and had been diagnosed only 2 years earlier. She did the 60K Weekend to End Women’s Cancers after her cancer had metastasized. That’s a long way for anyone to walk. But for someone who had been through over a year of treatment, it’s downright incredible. Here’s a short video of Leanne’s walk last year that was part of the orientation materials Princess Margaret makes available online:
Now, let’s put all that sad stuff behind us for a moment.
Leanne was an amazing writer who blogged about Living with Breast Cancer for Chatelaine magazine. I was recently reading her blog posts and stumbled upon a post where she wrote about going for a run in the midst of her treatment cycle. If you want to be blown away by a woman you never had the pleasure of meeting read the post here.
She was the ideal poster child for my upcoming Walk to End Women’ Cancers. Because I’m a big wimp, I’ll only be walking 32K in one day, not the 60K she walked over the course of a weekend last year. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be walking at all, I’d be sitting on my couch Tweeting or something.
When I first started talking to people about doing the walk I envisioned I would start walking and then not stop for like a really, really long time. Kinda like Forest Gump. Then people started asking, “are you training?” and warning “that’s a long walk you know.” The kind people at work even mapped it and then told me that it was like walking to York Mills and back downtown.
But more than anything that damn blog post has kept me motivated. How could a woman who had endured rounds upon rounds of gruelling cancer treatment walk 60K and train while neck deep in shit? Well she did. And frankly she did it with a smile. And so healthy, lucky me is totally confident that I can do a measly 32K with a smile firmly planted on my face too.
And, if you can’t walk, I’m pretty confident you can donate. I know that’s pushy. But hell, I’m going to be pushy about this one.
I’ve received letters about The Weekend before and frankly ignored them. But now I know better. And so do you.
To make a donation (of any size) click here http://www.endcancer.ca/goto/JodiLastman