Barbara Jo Kirshbaum



As I start planning my participation in the fight against breast for my 21st year, I can hardly believe that number..21 years..who would have thought that when I began this challenge in 1998 that it would become a long term commitment, a passion and a family endeavor..who would have thought that I would walk almost 8000 miles in 151 long distance walks..and more important, who would have thought that I would raise over $2.08M..I am also certain that my donors did not think they would become benefactors in this fight..but the facts are, that is what has happened....

My reasons for continuing to participate have just began as a physical challenge...could I walk 60 miles in 3 days at age was about having 3 daughters and 5 granddaughters and my concerns for their was about raising money for research and access to care...and specifically when my beloved husband Bob was diagnosed with esophageal gastric cancer that had already metastasized to his liver, he asked me to keep walking and raising money in the hope that the research to treat breast cancer would help other cancers...Bob died on May 6, 2010 and I continue to honor his memory with every step I walk and every dollar I raise....

If you would like to be one of my amazing donors for 2018 just click "make a donation" of this writing I am planning on walking Santa Barbara (always subject to change!) and probably 2 other avon39 events in can check back and 'follow my progress' and you can click to 'journal' since I write one after each walk....

I wear a banner of ribbons on my back attached to my camelbac water sponsors' names are on white or blue ribbons...if you would like me to honor a special person their names will be on a pink ribbon...please send me the names of those you would like me to honor...I wear the banner, which is new every year and is about as long as I am tall, with great pride and with a deep sense of responsibility to those I am honoring...

I thank all of you for your support and for making the world a better place.


Barbara Jo

 Barbara Jo Kirshbaum
"I walk because I can't walk away"


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