Sunday, September 25, 2011

Race for the Cure

Survivors by Wayne-K
Survivors, a photo by Wayne-K on Flickr.

The family participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 5K walk in San Francisco. Looking at the mass of people today, I was amazed at the number of pink "Survivor" shirts and pink "Walking in memory of..." and "I race in celebration of..." signs. A lot of people are touched by breast cancer (and other types of cancer), personally experiencing it or knowing a friend or loved one who has experienced it. It was great getting out there today to do a small part toward finding a cure.

After a week of hot, dry weather, a system moved into the area, bringing overcast skies, cooler temperatures, and a small bit of precipitation. The weather didn't seem to dampen the crowd's spirit or enthusiasm. I especially loved the energy in the volunteers. They lined the streets and cheered on the walkers. It reminded me of marathon runs of yonder, with the spectators lining the route and cheering the runners. The cheering always seemed to bump up my adrenaline, giving me the small boost needed to get to the finish line.

We all experience challenging times and perhaps could use the help of a "cheering crowd" to help us get through it. When you see someone at their mile 22 and cramping, give them an emotional boost and help them get through it. Sometimes it's the little things that help get people to their finish line.

Racing for the Cure

In Memory of Marie Paynor

Komen Race for the Cure

Bay Bridge I

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