Saturday, April 18, 2009

Save Second Base!

This morning Emily & I joined thousands of others in "The Race for a Cure," here in Indianapolis. This was the chosen event for her sorority, Chi Omega, and Mom's Day.

I can't think of a better day to spend with my daughter.

It was a gorgeous day, perfect for the walk/run.

Thousands and thousands turned out for the event.

I can not tell you how much I appreciated getting to take this walk with her, to chat and visit. And to stand up to Breast Cancer.

If you look closely you can read the shirt.
The bottom says: "Save Second Base" .
Emily was afraid I would be offended. I wasn't at all. Catchy phrases always make people think. We saw many "Save the TaTas!", "Save Boobies (they are awesome!)", just to mention a few.

I don't know why I have always been so passionate about Breast Cancer awareness. Cancer has hit my family, but, not breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy at thirty. Luckily it was benign.

I had a friend, (actually, I knew her children better than her), that died just shy of her fortieth birthday, leaving her three children, Motherless. Her biggest fear was that her job raising them wasn't enough. Had she given them everything? Taught them all she could? She worried more about them than anything else the Cancer brought her. At her funeral, her son was about 12, and read a prayer. He prayed that.. "God would protect Mothers everywhere, like his own, that put he and his sisters first, Mothers that make sure their children have fun, that they spend time with their children and sacrifice for their children". I cried. Mary Ellen would be so proud.

Every time I hear this song from Sarah McLaughlin I think of Mary Ellen. It was the last thing played at her funeral. Then we took a ride past a favorite bar on the way to the burial. For MaryEllen.

This picture was taken after the walk and lunch. How is it Emily can look so cute after walking three and a half miles? I look like I felt. Needing a shower and to rest my tired legs!

12 comments:

Linda said...

I think you BOTH look GREAT! And what a worthy cause and wonderful way to spend your Saturday. Congratulations!! :)

lakeviewer said...

You and Emily are wonderful doing this for breast cancer. Your daughter has a great companion in this and other pursuits. Good for both of you.

Napierson said...

My dad's dad (My grandfather) died of a brain tumor when i was in 3rd grade, i don't remember to much about the funeral except that "I will remember you" was the last song they played at his funeral... coincidence?

Fire Byrd said...

Good for both of you having done the race.
I'm finding it tough to write more as that young boys prayer has got me, as I know what it feels like to loose my mum to cancer, and to have it myself. And to be so afraid of having done enough for my boys (23 and 18 now)
It is a hateful disease wherever it strikes in the body.
xx

An English Shepherd said...

Sad story about your friend, nice song.

Wizz :-)

Natalie said...

Both beautiful.xx♥

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day, one to remember and cherish...deb

Mark said...

Awesome cause!

Save The Ta Ta’s hangs proudly at our home. Cancer as devastated both sides of my family. Five deaths and two survivors, enough already.

One of the things I wanted to rail on with my Blog was how this country gives pennies towards cures and God awful amounts towards treatments of diseases. The reason is simple there is no money to be made in curing something but treatment on the other hand is an endless stream of cash for Doctors, Drug Companies, Government Programs and so on… It is shameful how decisions are made… We can clone a goat and I am pretty sure someone out there has already cloned a human but we can’t find cures for some of these major diseases PLEASE.

Keep marching Jan and one day maybe someone out there gets it right.
Good for you and your daughter.

On a side note my daughter and sister in law are involved with Indy Survivors they work with Dragon Boat racing for Breast Cancer pretty neat stuff: http://www.indysurviveoars.org/default.page

Mark

Lori ann said...

Bless you and emily Janis, you are angels.
♥ lori

mary said...

Thank you and bless you. You know that I am a survivor, though I don't write about it much on my blog. My girls walked in San Diego the weekend after my surgery and have done it every year since. It DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Those pennies add up. Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

you are slacking on your blog writing! seems like you have ben very busy! maybe with your new job? :) love you. -em

sroman said...

Proud of you both!