Friday, November 5, 2010

We Made It!

We made it!  We ended our journey in downtown Atlanta at Turner Field.  As soon as we crossed the finish line we were then led into the holding area, the area inside the Braves baseball stadium where they “held” all walkers until the last one arrived. 

After, three days and 60 miles, together we took a final "victory walk" into the Closing Cermony.  The pathway to the Closing Ceremonies arena was lined with family and friends.  I was surprised at the amount of people who gathered.  It just goes to show, breast cancer is a disease that affects SO many people. 

My boyfriend, Austin, came as well. It made me happy to have him there knowing he had lost his mother to breast cancer three years ago.  It was strange but throughout the enitre weekend I felt like, even though I never had the chance to meet her, we had some kind of connection...something in common other than Austin.  

First entered the walkers, followed by the volunteers, and lastly the breast cancer/survivor walkers.  I was standing there tired and hot and as soon as they entered I had goosebumps.  The closing ceremony was emotional for everyone there.  It was a celebration of life, love and strength.  It also gave us a chance to remember those who had lost their lives to this terrible disease. The ceremony really made an impression on me, for so many people to come together and show their support was incredible.

Together we raised a grand total of $6.1 million!! A new Atlanta record.

That weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of something monumental and it was definitely worth all the pain my poor legs and feet were in.  We are one step closer to a world with more birthdays....and gosh, if you know my love for birthdays, what could be better??