Avon Walk L.A. Beaches--Sept. 17-18, 2005--1000 walkers--raised $3M

This walk was dedicated to my dear cousin Phyllis, who lost her battle with breast cancer Sept. 16, 2003.

For me, the excitement of the weekend usually begins on Friday, because that is the registration day. It is also the time when I sell Ronda's bracelets and pins. That gives me an opportunity to meet with so many walkers. This time Ronda was with me selling because she, Debra & David were all walking with me. This Friday afternoon I had a call from a reporter from the LA Times and he did a 1/2 hour interview with me. He actually was there on Sat. morning at Opening Ceremonies to meet me and ask a few more questions. It is kind of fun to do that even though I feel anxiety at the same time. The article did print in the California section of the Sunday L.A. Times (Sept. 18).

The walk was particularly special because my children were with me and the grand children and sons in laws came to support us.

I was able to spend some walk time with Lisa, who is walking in all 8 of the Avon events. She is a great young woman from New York and has had to make a lot of sacrifices to pull off this challenge. Kudos to you Lisa.

At closing ceremonies, as I was holding tight to my 3 healthy adult children I saw out of the corner of my eye, a young woman, a visitor, with her husband and 2 small children. She had on a bandana because she was bald and you could see the bandage on her chest. The 4 of us noticed her at the same time and started to cry. I went over and gave her a hug, Debra gave her her pink Avon connection ribbon, and Ronda put a bracelet on her arm. Even tho we have all known someone close with breast cancer, at that moment this young woman became the woman we were doing this for. It was an immediate reminder of why we are doing what we are doing. Anonymous survivor, you are the hero!

After closing ceremonies we went to a party honoring our friend Doron Kochavi. In a few days Doron will be riding in the Tour of Hope bike ride from SD to DC. He is riding for his son Ari, our godson, who is 21 y/old and survived a malignant brain tumor at age 4. Ari, you are also my hero. Good luck, Doron, as you embark on this awesome adventure to raise awareness for clinical trials.

Total raised so far-- $109,000---on to Philadelphia next week end!



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