Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Miracle Mile Walk in Augusta, Georgia

sis and me before the walk
Actually it was a 3-mile walk. But the point is, we finished it. That is what we will do with this cancer threat! It started it...but we will finish it! There was a t-shirt on display at the Women's Breast Health Center with that slogan on it!

This was part of the group of folks that turned out for the walk. It was a pretty impressive crowd and many of the women were are cancer survivors.

joe, melba, mott, john
Then there was family. That's what you do when one of your own is in battle. You rally around them and help hold them up. Strange thing about it is it makes you stronger, too! The more you help others, the better you feel!

2 of the 4-legged walkers
And there were 4-legged ones as well and they were dressed up for the occasion, tails wagging and making new friends, too!

My sister has made so many friends through her cancer ordeal and one in particular has become a fast-friend. Her name is Mardena (she also has cancer) and her husband, Stephen (they are the couple on the right). We had the pleasure of meeting them and afterwards going out to lunch and getting to know them better. They were very nice and pleasant to be around. On the far left is Pam Anderson who is another friend. Sis has such a great support group there and I am very grateful for that since I live so far away from her.

They even put pink dye in the fountains downtown for the walk. It's kind of hard to tell from the picture but it was very pretty. The weather was nice and cool, a great day for walking!

Here's a close-up of Melba, my sister and Mardena. Behind them is a quilt that someone made and donated to the hospital that sponsors the walk. It was auctioned off. Isn't it beautiful?

Walking and smiling! Yeah, Baby!

We were almost to the finish line. I really had to push myself but my sis (in the middle) didn't seem to have any trouble at all. She had Pam on her right and John, my hubs, on her left. None of us thought she would be able to do the entire walk...but she proved us wrong...very wrong!

But when you have clowns such as my husband (above with his cap turned backwards and waving), it made the walk a little easier! He is always cutting up!

I don't think we were the only ones with tired paws at the end of the walk!

Melba and Mardena at the restaurant
Melba and Mardena at the restaurant. Two beautiful women!

You know, God gives each of us what we need when we need it and He has proven that over and over again! Thanks Mardena and Pam and all the other friends my sister has in Augusta for helping her through this difficult time. May God bless each of you! I know He already has just by placing Melba in your life! It reminds me of the old song by James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend". The words take on a special meaning when a friendship is formed through an illness!

Winter Spring Summer or Fall,
Hey now, all you've got to do is call.
Lord, I'll be there, yes I will.
You've got a friend.
You've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
You've got a friend.

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