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1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point

I have decided to participate in the 2010 Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. People who know me think I am nuts. I am neither athletic nor a camper, so why would I want to walk 39 miles and sleep overnight in a 2-person tent? Because I have gotten to a point where breast cancer has touched too many people in my life in the past couple of years, and I want to do something about it.

A little under two years ago, I photographed a boudoir session for a client before she had her double mastectomy. Then last year a photographer friend of mine, Jaimie, began blogging about her battle with breast cancer. Weeks later I cried on the phone with my lifelong friend Julie when she told me about her breast cancer diagnosis. And within two weeks my neighborhood friend Ruth shared the same news about her diagnosis. The breast cancer news just kept coming when another neighbor of mine told me that her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. And just recently, another good friend’s mother was diagnosed. It’s amazing and frightening how this list keeps growing.

So I have committed to walk 39 miles and raise $1800 toward breast cancer research and prevention. Both of those goals seem daunting to me now, but I am up for the task. If you have not personally known anyone touched by breast cancer you should consider yourself to be very fortunate. Statistics say that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Think about eight women in your own life, and you will realize that this is a very scary statistic.

Training and fundraising for this event will be very consuming, so I am sure I will be sharing updates on my blog. As a photographer, I am also participating this year in the 365 Challenge, which involves a self-portrait a day for an entire year. I plan to incorporate both breast cancer awareness and my training updates into some of my 365 portraits (such as the one shown above) and may share those here on the blog as well.

I have my own page for the Avon Walk if you are interested in supporting me.  Click here.  No donation is too small. Skipping a morning latte or brown-bagging lunch one day this week can really make a difference.

Mary Kay Nolan - You’re the GREATEST Jes, well one of the GREATEST!! Good luck and thanks for walking for all of us survivors. Come and visit sometime. Your pictures are the BEST. Next time all the troups are in town, you have the job!
Mary Kay Nolan

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