Avon Walk for Breast Cancer--New York--Oct 1-2, 2005

2700 walkers, $7 million raised!

As I sit here on the plane, just after completing 42 miles of walking, I am hoping my body will stay calm for the next 5 1/2 hours! (It is now the day after, and my legs didn't get too twitchy last night!) That is often the hard part--being on a plane immediately after completing a long walk and having to sit still.

The NY walk was very special since it was the last of the Avon walks for 2005. It is where the Avon Corporate office are and that created a lot of energy and enthusiasm from so many Avon employees that participated in the event.

I usually don't mention about selling the pins and bracelets that Ronda makes, but I had my little area set up at registration and practically sold out of everything. It was so much fun and gives me such an opportunity to meet so many people and of course to raise more money for the cause.

The walk began and ended at Seaport--Pier 17. All of the 4 walkers who have walked all 8 of their cities were invited on stage at Opening Ceremonies to be acknowledged by Kathleen Walas, president of the Avon Foundation. The fun part of being on stage at that time is being able to look out on all of the participants from the stage view. It is really a beautiful sight and I could just feel the intensity of everyone's commitment to the breast cancer cause.

Deb Murphy, the editor of 'Why We Walk', and Paula Lerner, the photographer of the book, participated as walkers. It was great seeing them and I have a special feeling to both of them. I have known them since last year when they were photographing on many of the same events that I was walking. You might want to check on the book at It really is a beautiful book, and I feel very honored to be a part of it.

This was another walk of meeting many walkers from 'my past'. It is so cool that so many come up and say 'hello' and remind me which city we met and walked together.

I spoke to Dan. He is a 21 y/old pharmacy student at Rutgers. He was doing this walk alone. He lost his Mother to breast cancer when he was just 13 y/old. Her memory continues to inspire him because he said that much of what he does is with her in mind. He has started an organization at his college for young people to be come more active in the fight against cancer. Dan, you asked if I would arrange my next NY walk so that I could speak at your group and we absolutely could arrange that. I told him that he gave me faith in his generation of young people and I feel better about my granddaughters living in a world with people like him. I absolutely know that this young man will be a 'mover/shaker' for his generation. Dan, it was an honor to walk with you.

When the walk was over we said our good-byes to our friends at the Foundation and the Staff that we have shared this year's 8 events with. It really is a pleasure to walk for an organization that is, at a national and international level, doing so much to empower women.

P.S. The route was great--we crossed bridges, saw incredible skylines, walked through ethnic communities---and the weather was glorious--in the 70's and clear!

Thanks for reading the Avon walk journal for 2005.




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