I met the amazing and inspiring Jaime Renaud in 2002 when I signed up for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer from Boca Raton to Miami in April 2002—walking 60 miles in three days. Both my aunts are breast cancer survivors, but I was also walking in memory of my dad who died of cancer the year before at age 75. Jaime was walking for her special friend, Terri, who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2001. This walk was a celebration of Terri’s life and their friendship. Little did we know this walk would bring us together as kindred souls and create a lifelong bond of friendship between us.
We both lived in Ocala, Florida at the time and my mom, aged 71, also joined our team along with Amy Fejes from Lakeland. We kept each other going through practice walks and pooled our fund raising efforts and held a dinner and silent auction at a local café. What fun that rainy night was!
Eight years later Jaime is dedicated to being ‘In It Until She Ends It’ and has created the Appalachian Trail Girls Team (AT Girls), since she now lives in Millinocket, Maine, and is walking the Avon Two Day event in New York City on October 16 & 17, 2010. This time Jaime is walking for her friend, Rocky, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer—the name Rocky simply exudes ‘survivor’ doesn’t it!?
You can join Jaime’s team or donate here: Each team member commits to raising $1800 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Jaime’s personal goal is $2000—that’s only twenty people committing to one hundred bucks each!
Are you ‘In It To End It’!?