If you listen to me on the “Ryan Cameron Morning Show” than you would know that I was on the fence about participating in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Centennial Olympic Park this past weekend. Reason being I was not sure if I was ready to celebrate with thousands of survivors and people who represented survivors since my mother died from breast cancer last year. I just wasn’t sure if I would be ready to participate let alone celebrate with all the survivors, just being honest.
In the end I made myself go and I have to tell you I am so happy I decided to walk. Over 8,000 people showed up to the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. At the last minute I invited my sister to walk with me. I wore my mother’s hospital band in order to represent her in spirit. I am proud to say I walked the entire walk without being too emotional but in the very end I broke down when one of our listeners name Fran came over to me and asked about my mother’s hospital band. It was something about Fran that made me very emotional from the moment I saw her face. At first I told her, “Oh no, you are going to make me cry!” I literally had to walk away for a few moments to get my composure together but when I went back over to Fran I started to tear up again.
I honestly didn’t know why I was so emotional with her. After our conversation it all made perfect sense. Fran’s mother died from breast cancer as well in 1997 and this walk was her first time participating and she told me that when she heard me on the radio saying that it takes strength to participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk after you have lost someone it made her want to do it for the first time. GOD is so Amazing!
Out of 8,000 people GOD still made sure that Fran and I met that day. I have adopted her as my sister and I told her that I would go with her to get her first mammogram because she has been too afraid to go get one. It’s so important that all women, especially Fran, get a mammogram done when they get into their mid-thirties because knowing your status in the biggest part in winning the battle.
Check out some of my photos from the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk as well as see a photo of me and Fran and click on the link to hear our conversation. All photos courtesy Kendra G.
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk with Fran