Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Charlotte
Oct. 31, 2013
Charlotte, NC, is known as The Queen City, and we certainly felt like royalty as we walked for two days and 39.3 miles throughout this beautiful southern town. From the NASCAR Hall of Fame where we held our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to the beautiful neighborhoods with charming homes all decorated for Halloween, Charlotte welcomed us with open arms in true Southern style.
Some of our beautiful (and very pink!) Avon Walkers posing in front of the beautiful Charlotte skyline. Thank you Charlotte for your southern hospitality!
After the hectic and huge New York Walk, it's nice to end the Avon Walk season in a smaller southern city. It was a bright sunny weekend, although Saturday started and ended with some VERY chilly temperatures! Our Walkers and Crew are troopers though and layered up and carried on with smiles on their faces (despite some frozen hands and toes!) — extra bonus points for our participants who braved the cold and spent the night in our pink tents at the Wellness Village!
Southern hospitality comes in all sizes! This little gal bundled up and got out on the route to make sure our Walkers didn’t get lost!
We got some tremendous media support for the Charlotte Walk, with all local broadcast stations covering our event, which is really fantastic. We had a special partnership this year with WSOC-TV (the local ABC station) and they have been promoting the Avon Walk for about 10 months, with lots of promos throughout the year, collaborations with their partner tv and radio stations and blog posts from their staff. Two of their morning anchors even kicked-off our Saturday evening entertainment program! And better yet, the station employees formed a great Walk team and became the #3 fundraising team of the weekend!
Check out this WSOC segment highlighting Day 1 of the Walk, as well as two of our awesome Avon Walk participants, Erin Sipe and Angela Cassano. Both are breast cancer survivors and first timers walking in Charlotte!
Charlotte marks the end of our 2013 Avon Walk season and I'm always a little sad when the Walks are over for the year. Each Walk weekend is a lot of work, long hours, many miles of walking, lots of details — but I look forward to each one and now have to wait until April for our first 2014 Avon Walk in Houston!
Many of our participants will wear a bib to let everyone know who they are walking or crewing for. This one bib sums up so many of the important reasons why we do what we do.
We love when members of the Avon family get involved and show their support for our work. More than 550 Avon Representatives and Associates registered to Walk or Crew at our eight Avon Walks this year, including this past weekend in Charlotte.
Here are just a few of the Avon Associates and Representatives came from all over — Tennessee, New York, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts and beyond! — to Walk and Crew with us in Charlotte!
The Avon Walk Charlotte raised $1.65 million, and as always we showed our participants where those hard earned dollars go at our Closing Ceremony. Incredible community organizations and cancer centers like Duke University, Carolina Medical Center and Wake Forest University Health System are just a few of the beneficiaries who received grants on our stage. Get a full recap
Although there won't be a report from me for a few months, I am always here to answer any of your questions about the Avon Walk, so please feel free to reach out.
Until next time, I wish you good health, happy holidays and special time with those you love.
PS: I couldn’t resist including a picture of my big sister and my wonderful niece, sporting their pink! Not only is my sister a two-time Avon Walker, but they drive two hours to Charlotte every year to see me at the Closing Ceremony and sneak in a little visit. My biggest fans!
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Avon CEO Sheri McCoy Walks to End Breast Cancer in New York
Oct. 22, 2013
I completed my second Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York last weekend, and once again it was my fellow walkers who made it so special. I met walkers who were participating for so many different reasons. Some of the walkers, like me, were walking in honor of their breast cancer survivor mothers or other survivor family members or friends. Others were walking in memory of their grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and best friends who lost their battle with breast cancer. Others were the courageous breast cancer survivors who were walking for themselves and to ensure that future generations will not have to face breast cancer.
Wendy Flammia was one of those remarkable survivors. Wendy is a one-year breast cancer survivor who spoke movingly during the Walk’s closing ceremony. Her story touched every person in the audience. Wendy had been the caretaker for her family — her husband a New York policeman who was a first responder on 9/11 and suffers residual health issues and her three daughters, one of whom has special needs. When Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer, she found it hard to let others care for her. But in joining a team and training for the Avon Walk, Wendy found a new "family" of caregivers who made her Avon Walk a celebration of the care she had received. Her experience is a testament to the power of community that our walks form. A community that raised more than $6.7 million in last weekend’s walk to support 10 life-saving breast cancer organizations in the New York metropolitan area.
Team Avon New York raised more than $300,000 to breast cancer screenings, care and research.
Another highlight was the emotional final walk in to the closing ceremony surrounded by my 171 Team Avon colleagues and nearly 3,000 other walkers. I’m so proud to be the honorary co-captain of Team Avon. This group of Avon Associates, Representatives, and their friends and families, was the Avon Walk New York’s top fundraising team, raising more than $300,000. I’m honored to be working alongside these people who are so committed to supporting the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
Honorary co-captain of Team Avon Sheri McCoy and her family crossing the finish line
at the Avon Walk New York.
It was also a lot of fun to cover so many New York miles with my own family — my husband, two of my sons and one of their girlfriends, who I’m very proud to report is an Avon Representative. So many Avon Walkers do these events annually with family members, old friends or current and former colleagues. They make our long walks into great catch-ups and reunions — lots of fun with an inspiring goal of also making a difference.
Nearly 3,000 Avon Walk New York participants filled Manhattan’s Pier 84 for the
Avon Walk closing ceremony.
As I stood on stage at the closing ceremony on Sunday – a perfect sunny October day on the Hudson River– I was awed by the sea of pink filling Pier 84. These women and men had walked up to 39.3 miles. Their feet were sore, their legs were aching, but they were energized and triumphant. They knew that each step they had taken over the weekend was making a difference in the long, difficult fight to end breast cancer. They knew that more people would get the screenings and care they needed to survive, and that more research would be funded to investigate the causes and prevention of breast cancer. I hope they also knew they brought New York City an inspiring pink ray of hope and survival.
- Sheri McCoy, CEO, Avon Products, Inc.
Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from San Francisco
Oct. 4, 2013
So... how do I look for 50?? 50 Avon Walks, that is! (you better not have been thinking anything else!)
The Avon Walk San Francisco was my 50th consecutive Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event. I can’t believe how fast the time goes. But, I can honestly say that my 50th Walk was just as exciting as my very first. The inspiration and celebration is always there, and most importantly, the incredible people I meet at each Walk make it special every single time.
One of those special people was my new friend Charlie Bingaman, a Youth Crew member who supported and cheered on walkers throughout the weekend. He came up to me very confidently at a Rest Stop and told me that I inspire him and that I was doing a great job. And then, he gave me a special Youth Crew button and asked me for a hug... it was just about the most adorable thing ever! His mom is a breast cancer survivor, so clearly a cause close to his heart.
My new friend Charlie is just one of 16 incredible kids on the San Francisco Youth Crew who collectively raised more than $14,000!
For those who think “Oh, I could never do the Avon Walk,” I met someone this weekend who proves everyone can do it. David was diagnosed with spinal cerebral degeneration – he was told it is incurable and that he’d spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. This terrible news only motivated him to adjust to his condition, so that he could avoid that wheelchair. Using two walking sticks, he was the last one to cross the finish line on both Saturday and Sunday, and he did so with a big smile on his face. Tons of spectators and his fellow Walkers crowded the finish line to cheer him in – it was incredibly moving and inspirational!
A true inspiration. David’s motto is "Get up, don’t quit, and never give up." Way to go David!
It looks like a trend started at the Santa Barbara Walk, because we had another proposal in San Francisco! Paul Dawe asked Avon Walker Cathryn Abell to marry him by putting her daughter in a shirt that said “Mommy, will you marry Paul?" So, is anyone feeling the love in NYC? Could we have three proposals in a row? All eyes will be on the Finish Line at our next Walk in New York!
True love at the Avon Walk! Congratulations to Paul and Cathryn!
Presenting the checks to our beneficiaries on stage at the Closing Ceremony is always a highlight at every Walk. It’s important to us to show our Walkers and Crew where the funds they raised are going, and it is incredible for our participants to see their hard work really paying off. It is extra fun when our beneficiaries get involved in the Walk weekend. Accepting our grant for San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) was Dr. Judy Luce. Not only is she a well-respected oncologist, she’s a 9-time Avon Walker and always gets tons of cheers from the crowd when her name is called. Since opening in 2004, they have performed more than 65,000 mammograms and more than 5,500 breast procedures so it’s no wonder Dr. Luce and SFGH have a big fan base! Learn about all of the grants presented in San Francisco.
9-time Avon Walker and Director of Oncology, Dr. Judy Luce accepts our grant that will help San Francisco General Hospital provide breast imaging and treatment, genetic testing, culturally-sensitive research, education, navigation and support – and so much more - for underserved women in their community.
As always, we were proud to have Avon Representatives and Associates with us – close to 40 of them participated in San Francisco! I was so happy to meet both Stanetta and Lisa, two Avon Representatives who shared with me how easy it was for them to raise the $1,800 fundraising commitment through their powerful network of supporters and customers.
Avon Representatives Stanetta Crawford and Lisa Bird pose for the camera prior to Closing Ceremony at Fort Mason.
Our biggest Avon Walk of the year will be here before we know it. Looking forward to showing our Avon Walkers and Crew our great hometown of NYC!
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Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Santa Barbara
Sept. 12, 2013
After a three-month break, the Avon Walk was back in full force this past weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, and I was eager to get back out on the route to meet more of our incredible Walkers and Crew.
As always, we began with a wonderful Opening Ceremony at which four local participants shared the story of why they are part of the Avon Walk. I was particularly moved by a young man, Diego Martinez, who explained how blessed he was to be with his girlfriend Meyling during the last year of her life as she battled breast cancer. As he held her photo up, he was moved to tears on stage while speaking about her courage. His love for Meyling and his passion for the cause was apparent in everything he did all weekend. He embraced the Avon Walk and used it as a way to honor Meyling's memory, which he did with enthusiasm. He was even the very first one to cross the finish line on Sunday afternoon!
I couldn’t let the weekend go by without getting a photo with Diego, who touched all of our hearts this weekend.
When people describe the Avon Walk, they often talk about the hope, inspiration, love, and celebration that makes the weekend so special. And there certainly was a LOT of love in Santa Barbara — including a marriage proposal as one of our Walkers, Alicia Anderson, crossed the finish line! Sunday was her birthday, and her boyfriend (and Avon Walk Crew member!), Nick Carleo, surprised her by popping the question as she finished her very last mile of the day. The incredible cheers from the spectators left no doubt that she said yes!
Avon Walker Alicia Anderson got the best birthday gift — a proposal from her boyfriend Nick at the Avon Walk finish line!
For many, the Avon Walk is a family affair. Husbands and wives walking together, sisters walking in honor of their survivor mother, fathers and children traveling from cheering station to cheering station to cheer on mom as she walks — it's so great to see entire families show support and get involved. But one of our longtime Avon Walkers took it to a new level this weekend.
Barbara Jo Kirshbaum, an Avon Walk super star who has walked more than 137 long distance walks for breast cancer and has raised more than $1.5 million (wow!!), reached a new milestone in Santa Barbara. This weekend there were THREE generations of Kirshbaums walking in the Avon Walk! Barbara Jo walked with her daughter and one of her granddaughters, and another of her granddaughters was a member of the Youth Crew! Of all the things she has accomplished, having three generations participating together was a special source of pride. To top it off, her son and other daughter were there as well, posting encouraging signs along the route to help keep their mom, and all of the Walkers, motivated (a Kirshbaum family tradition).
Three generations of Kirshbaums participated this weekend — what a special family commitment! Meet Barbara Jo, Debra, Allison, and Sara!
We were proud to have our friends from Avon Pasadena with us in Santa Barbara. Huge thanks to the many Avon Representatives and Associates who showed their support by walking and crewing. It was great to see some of them meet for the first time, walk together, and make new connections.
Current and former Avon Associates from Avon Pasadena and some fantastic Avon Representatives got to know each other better as they walked 39.3 miles.
Of course, the reason we all do this is to raise the money that will help so many people get the breast cancer care they need and fund research that will one day put an end to this disease. At the Closing Ceremony, Dr. Marc Hurlbert, executive director of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, presented checks to nine local beneficiaries to show our participants that the funds they raised are being put to use immediately in their own communities. Learn more about the Avon Walk Santa Barbara grants.
It's going to be a busy two months ahead. We've got three more Avon Walks, including our biggest Walk of the year in NYC on Oct. 19-20. It's not too late to register! Please contact me if you have questions about getting involved.
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Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Chicago
June 6, 2013
We were off to a great start in Chicago last weekend — the sun was shining on us for a beautiful Opening Ceremony and for about the first 20 miles of Saturday’s route. And then the skies opened up and we all got soaked with thunderstorms for several hours, making for a soggy, muddy mess! Our Walkers and Crew are real troopers though, and despite more rain and colder temps on Sunday, they persevered and crossed the finish line with smiles on their faces!
Despite the rain, our Walkers were all smiles as the finish line came into view!
Bright and early on Friday morning I was interviewed by the local ABC-TV traffic reporter, Roz Varon, who is a seven-year breast cancer survivor (like me!) and who was walking in the event with her daughter. Thanks to Roz’s participation, the station did a lot to promote the Avon Walk, including a live interview from the route on Sunday morning. Note the fabulous foul-weather get-ups our Walkers are sporting! Everything from garbage bags to Mylar blankets – but they top off those rain ponchos with a smile, so they still look fabulous if you ask me! (Personally, I was wearing about seven layers of clothing Sunday morning to try to stay warm, but peeled off a few top layers before jumping on camera so I didn’t look like a crazy person!)
So I’ve got two Avon Walk “firsts” to tell you about. While we have SO MANY dedicated participants who give so much of their time, effort, money, sweat, and tears to the Avon Walk, I’ve never seen Avon Walk dedication in the form of a tattoo! Last weekend, I met a woman who had the Avon Walk logo tattooed on her foot!
Yes, it’s real! Crew member Julie Hauchen sports the Avon Walk “ribbon walkers” on her foot!
And the second unique aspect of the Chicago Walk: I was asked for my autograph! If you didn’t know, there is a terrific Avon Walk cookbook called the Fix It & Forget It PINK Cookbook and $1 from every book (with a minimum of $100,000!) supports the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The slow-cooker recipe cookbook features 60+ pages of breast health info, Avon Walk info, and stories and recipes from our Walkers and beneficiaries. It also includes my mom’s amazing pot roast recipe, as well as hundreds of other delicious recipes! Last weekend, a lovely mother-daughter duo purchased several of them — and then asked me to autograph them!
My 30 seconds of fame. I’m not sure who got more of a kick out of the experience, me, or them??
We had TWO great Avon teams in Chicago — Team Avon Morton Grove and Team Avon Springdale — as well as more Avon Representatives and Avon employees who joined us for the weekend.
Huge thanks to Avon Morton Grove and Springdale who send teams to the Avon Walk Chicago year after year!
The reason we do all of this is to raise the funds we donate to incredible organizations at our Closing Ceremony. In Chicago, we presented eight grants on stage to very deserving community organizations and cancer centers that will provide breast cancer care for those who desperately need it and research better ways to detect breast cancer and ultimately prevent it altogether. Learn more about these beneficiaries who are fighting breast cancer in Chicago and beyond.
We’ve got a summer break now until September when we head to Santa Barbara and San Francisco, so have a safe and happy summer, everyone! And if you’re near those West Coast cities, or New York or Charlotte, why not start your Walk training now?
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Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Boston
May 22, 2013
Each Avon Walk is filled with inspiration, celebration, and stories of courage and hope. The Avon Walk Boston was no different, and even a touch more poignant given that Boston experienced such tragedy just one month ago and is still continuing to heal. We were grateful to have so many proud Bostonians with us and glad to bring our Avon Walk family together for a special weekend.
And no one embodies the positive Avon Walk vibe more than our incredible Avon Walk Youth Crew! The Youth Crew is made up of 10- to 16-year-old kids who bring such energy and enthusiasm to the weekend. They work hard all weekend, cheer the Walkers on, and they fundraise. Boy, do they fundraise! A creative and spirited group, they bet their team leader, Jeremy, that if they raised $20,000 he would have to shave his hair into a mohawk! For an additional $1,000 raised, Jeremy would have to wear a dress for the weekend! As you can see ... the kids won!
Team Leader (and former Youth Crew member) Jeremy Hall is a good sport, donning a dress and a mohawk for the weekend to inspire the Youth Crew to achieve an awesome $24,000 in fundraising!
The Youth Crew shows some Boston love at the Avon Walk.
Some folks think “I could never walk 39.3 miles!” — and the truth is, you don’t have to. The Avon Walk is not a competition, and you can walk the mileage that suits you best. But to help Walkers prepare for whatever their mileage goal, we worked with our national sponsor Reebok on Go The Distance Avon Walk Training — a special program just for Avon Walkers, including tips and tools to get you ready to cross the finish line with a smile on your face. Reebok fitness expert Amy Dixon led our Boston warm-up exercises Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and then joined her Team Reebok teammates and walked all 39.3 miles!
Reebok fitness expert Amy Dixon helps Walkers go the distance. Check out our Avon Walk training program and a video from Amy!
The Avon Foundation presented nine grants at the closing ceremony to incredible organizations, including several first-time recipients LifeSpan Foundation, BIOarray Therapeutics, and Mount Sinai Hospital (in collaboration with Harvard Medical School). Several long-time Avon Foundation partners also received grants, including Community Servings, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Tufts University School of Medicine. See all the grants presented in Boston.
This grant to Mass General (home of the Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence) will support research looking at the association between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, as well as programs to help low income women receive breast cancer care at Mass General and at five neighborhood health care centers. Mass General was also the medical sponsor of the Avon Walk Boston — keeping our Walkers safe and healthy all weekend!
We wrapped up this fantastic weekend with an Avon Foundation team road trip! Several of us were scheduled to take the train home from Boston on Sunday night, but due to the train derailment in Connecticut on Friday, halting all train service between Boston and New York, we piled in the rental car and drove our way back to New York City. It was reminiscent of (but thankfully much shorter than) our drive home from the Avon Walk Charlotte the Sunday before Hurricane Sandy hit, and all air travel to New York was canceled — we can’t win! But hey, it makes for some quality team bonding!
We’ll rest and recharge this holiday weekend and then we’re off to the windy city! Let’s just hope we don’t have to drive home from Chicago!
In it to end it –
PS: Walking and talking! Here’s an interview I did last Friday morning with the local FOX station, WFXT-TV.
A big thank you to Team Avon Boston, and all of the Avon Representatives and Associates who joined us this weekend!
Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Washington DC
May 8, 2013
I'm back from a beautifully sunny Avon Walk Washington DC that took us past all the fabulous monuments and sights of our nation's capitol! It was a particularly exciting weekend because we celebrated a few very extraordinary milestones!
Deb Wills, an 11-time Avon Walker and 27-year breast cancer survivor, raised more than $100,000 for the Avon Walk DC last year. We were incredibly impressed when Deb hit the $100k mark in her fundraising — it was her highest total ever! Pretty fantastic, right? Well, what's even more impressive is that she did it again this year! Deb raised more than $103,000 for the 2013 DC Walk! WOW! And that brings her total fundraising to date to more than $500,000! We celebrated by presenting her with a personalized Avon Walk jacket. She was moved to tears and she wore her new jacket proudly all weekend!
Avon Walker and 27-year survivor Deb Wills hits the half-million mark with her super star fundraising!
We also celebrated a big milestone reached by our longtime beneficiary Food & Friends. Thanks in part to Avon Walk funding, Food & Friends just served its 1 millionth Pink Ribbon Home Delivery meal — a critical service that brings nutritious meals to homebound breast cancer patients and their families. Food & Friends presented a pink glass food delivery bag sculpture to Carol Kurzig to thank the Avon Foundation for the generous funding that has made this program possible — it is now proudly on display in our office at 777! Check out this interview with Food & Friends Executive Director Craig Shniderman where he describes the importance of Avon Foundation funding to this program.
Food & Friends Executive Director Craig Shniderman (dressed here as Miss Ivanna Beat Breast Cancer!) presents Carol Kurzig with a commemorative art work to thank the Foundation for its long-term support.
Sometimes I assume that by now, in my sixth season of Avon Walks, I've seen it all. All the funny T-shirts, all the clever slogans, etc. But this was the first Walk where I saw a team walking with cupcakes on their heads!
Ends up these gals were on the Food & Friends walking team, so the food-themed headwear was quite appropriate!
The 10 grants we presented at the Closing Ceremony were met with great applause, as always, and will help the fight against breast cancer in DC and beyond. We presented grants to Safety Net hospitals to ensure that all women and men have access to quality breast cancer care, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, as well as grants for exciting breast cancer research. Thanks to Avon Walk funds, our grantees are looking for new diagnostic tests to determine who is at risk for breast cancer, a blood test for earlier detection of breast cancer, and so much more! It's amazing to see the pride on our participants' faces when they see how much good the money they raised will do.
Two of our beneficiaries had incredible walking teams this year: Johns Hopkins University had a team of more than 35 members, and Lombardi/Capital Breast Care Center was the No. 2 fundraising team this weekend at more than $136,000!
And of course I can't wrap this up without giving a big shout to Team Avon Washington DC! Thank you to the team members and to all of the Avon Representatives and Associates who joined us this weekend!
We've got one weekend at home and then we head to Beantown! Looking forward to showing some support and bringing our positive Avon Walk community together in Boston!
In it to end it –
Avon Walk: Eloise Reports from Houston
April 25, 2013
I'm just back from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston, our first Walk of the 2013 season. What a great weekend! I travel to all eight of our Avon Walks across the country, and although we're busy all year round planning and preparing for these events, I was eager to get back out there to walk with our great supporters. I'll report after each Avon Walk to give you an inside look at all the amazing aspects of the Avon Walk experience. I welcome your questions, so feel free to e-mail me email@example.com, or better yet, come join us at one of the Avon Walks this year!
The weekend started off in true Avon Walk fashion with our Opening Ceremony. It's a moment to remember the reasons why we all got up at the crack of dawn that day! From the stage I can see the hope in their faces, the pride in their smiles, and sometimes, the tears in their eyes. And I get to see their faces light up when we announce how much money they have raised together — $2.1 million just this weekend in Houston!
That money is already going to good use through the eight grants we presented at our Closing Ceremony to local organizations leading the fight against breast cancer in Texas. For every Avon Walker, 24 newly diagnosed patients can get counseling and support. For every Avon Walker, 9 breast cancer patients can get an important diagnostic test. The money raised by one Walker can help cover the cost of a lumpectomy for an uninsured patient. The impact one person can have is incredible, because the more of us who walk, the more of us survive.
We were thrilled to have two teams of Avon Associates and Representatives participating in Houston. As always, we had the Avon Bluebonnet Crusaders — a dedicated and passionate team led by team captain and Avon District Manager Teresa Macias. We also had a small but mighty group who traveled from NY to participate in Houston — Team Avon Suffern, led by Lisa Lamberty (Executive Director, Color Cosmetics Product and Process Development, Research & Development)! We are always so thankful when our Avon family shows their support.
One of the most poignant moments of the Houston event was in the dining tent on Saturday evening when Sandra Bishnoi, a 2-time Avon Walker, spoke to the crowd about her stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Sandra, a mother, chemistry professor, and scientist, was shocked to receive her diagnosis at age 37. Despite her serious diagnosis, she spoke with confidence, eloquence, and hope, and was an inspiration to everyone. It is stories like Sandra's that remind us why we keep walking and working to end this disease.
Before I sign off, I want to share three of my favorite fun pics from the weekend:
Pigs can fly! One of our dedicated Crew leaders, Will Hamzy, built this flying pig that he attached to his truck! In addition to working hard out on the route, Will also spoke at our Opening Ceremony about the grandmother he lost to breast cancer and his wife who is a survivor (and fellow Crew member!)
The spirit and support don't stop with our Walkers and Crew! This canine crusader named Meatball stopped by our Wellness Village at Rice University to say hello and bring smiles to our tired Walkers. This pup has pizazz!
Strike a pose! Members of our #2 fundraising team, the Passionately Pink Teachers are not too tired to show a little spunk out on the route!
We are headed to our nation's capitol next. Washington DC is an incredible city with so much to see, but I already know the highlight will be the special people I'll meet!
In it to end it –