With Robyn at a rainy closing ceremonies.

Chicago--June 7-8, 2003

Walking in Chicago was very special since Bob and I spent the first 4 years of our marriage there, while he was in school. It really is a beautiful city with an incredible skyline--such a mixture of old and new architecture.

The Sat. morning weather was dry! First time this season.

Speaking at Opening Ceremonies is always exciting and is such an honor and allows me to feel an immediate connection with all of the other participants.

The first days walk was great--through some quaint business and residential areas. It seemed like a really long day--since I forgot to put on my pedometer I don't know exactly! But my body and feet were pretty pooped by 5:30 PM (when I got to the Village).

One of my inspirations was talking with Chris while we were walking--a man whose wife planned to walk but was recently re-diagnosed and was now in treatment. I had the privilege of meeting his wife at the end of the day and I salute her in her personal battle. Stories like this remind me that we have to find answers---fast!!

Sat. night it rained a little--just enough to create a little mud--but good news--the tent did not leak or sweat and I stayed snuggly dry and toasty.

Sun we walked along the Lake Shore. Had fun selling crystal bracelets on the walk and during lunch. I have started referring to myself as the "Crystal Bracelet Lady".

The weather was clear until about the last 2 miles of the day. It started to drizzle and out came the poncho. As we walked into closing ceremonies it just poured. As soon as Kathleen Walas started to speak the rain stopped and it was starting to get sunny. Ceremonies finished and the rain resumed! The rain did not appear to dampen any ones spirits in the least.

I forgot to say that at lunch I was shown the Avon ad in the Sun. NY Times with my picture. The first thing we did at the airport was to buy the newspaper. I am overwhelmed by being the "poster child" in that full page ad. I could never have imagined what this would become for me 6 years ago when I did my first Avon walk for breast cancer. What an exciting adventure this has become! This was my 21st walk for the Avon Foundation.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who has shared this road with me.