BARBARA JO KIRSHBAUM

2006 AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

Barbara Jo Kirshbaum

Marriage and Family Therapist

8283 Grove Avenue, Suite 201

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 985-4767

www.bjkcounselor.com bjkcnslr@aol.com

 

February, 2006

Dear Friends,

I am back to challenge myself in 2006 by walking in 15 long distance walks for breast cancer and raising as much money as I can for the breast cancer cause.

 

I will be walking in all 8 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer. These walks are 40 miles in 2 days. I will be walking in DC (Apr. 29-30), Boston (May 20-21), Chicago (June 3-4), Denver (June 24-25), SF (July 8-9), LA (Sept. 16-17), NY (Oct. 7-8), and Charlotte (Oct. 21-22).

 

Also, I will be walking in 7 Breast Cancer 3Day walks (Susan G. Komen Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust are the beneficiaries). These walks are 60 miles in 3 days. I will be walking in Boston (Aug. 4-6), Twin Cities (Aug. 18-20), Seattle (Aug. 25-27), Chicago (Sept. 8-10), Tampa Bay (Oct. 13-15), AZ (Nov. 3-5), and SD (Nov. 10-12)

 

What that commitment means is that I will be walking for 37 days, approximately 10 hours a day. While I am walking those 370 hours, 7400 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer (that is one person every 3 minutes). While I am walking those 370 hours 1580 people will die from the disease (that is one person every 14 minutes).

 

I am asking for your financial support in this effort. Each Avon walk requires $1800 to participate; and each Breast Cancer 3Day requires $2200 to participate. My goal is to raise much, much more than that. The total I have raised since 1998 is over $560,000 and I see that million dollar mark as a real possibility.

 

Please support whichever foundation you prefer, or both! Please donate on line at my web site: www.bjkcounselor.com and click ‘donate’. Please feel free to forward this letter to people in your address book. That would greatly expand this fundraising network.

I wear a banner of ribbons on my back while I am walking. The banner has blue and white ribbons with the names of all of my sponsors and pink ribbons with the names of the people you would like me to honor/remember. Please e-mail me the names of those you would like me to honor/remember.

 

The most important reasons that I am continuing to walk and fundraise for breast cancer are these. I have 5 granddaughters. I do not want them to have to measure their hair to see if it is long enough to again cut for a wig for someone with cancer. I do not want them telling me that when I (Barbara Jo) am no longer the ‘leader’ (of walking for breast cancer} that they will be the leaders. I do not want them wearing a breast cancer t-shirt like Mams (that’s me!). I do not want them saving their allowance to buy raffle tickets for a knitted blanket made to raise money for breast cancer. I do not want them giving out candy to walkers at breast cancer events. I do not want them remembering to wear pink bracelets every day. I want them to live in a world where they can cut their hair or not, just because…I want them to live in a world that has no breast cancer t-shirts. I want them to live in a world where there are no breast cancer walks. I want them to live in a world where there are no breast cancer bracelets. I want them to live in a world where this pink letter would not have to be written. In the meantime "I walk because I can’t walk away".

Please remember to remind all of the women in your life about regular self-examinations and yearly mammograms.

 

Early detection is our best protection.

 

With appreciation,

 

Barbara Jo Kirshbaum

Team California

"I walk because I can’t walk away"

www.bjkcounselor.com