Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday - My Avon Walk Update and the Kindness of Strangers….

Wednesday I had to take my poor fourteen year old car in for repairs and decided to walk home instead of asking a friend to give me a lift.  

From my mechanic’s garage to my front door is a a ten-mile trek and the longest walk I’ve done so far but there’s less than a month till the Avon 40-mile walk for breast cancer and I need to get my body prepared for the two days of 8-hour walks.

So after dropping off the car at 8:30 am.   I started out on foot towards home with my backpack, water, a snack, camera, lip gloss and some of my donation cards to hand out.  

My first stop was at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. I handed out a few of my Avon Page donation cards, told my story and asked a few people to sponsor me. 

One man was very direct and told me that he couldn’t. He said his wife died from lymphoma and he had just lost house to foreclosure.   I told him I understood and was very sorry to learn about his misfortunes, after all, these are very tough times we’re living in, but a few minutes later when I was sitting at a table with my coffee and breakfast sandwich he came over and handed me a $20 bill and told me about his sister-in-law, aunt and several other women in his family who had all died in just the last ten years from breast cancer.

Let’s just say it was everything I could do to keep from tearing up. 

The rest of the walk took me three hours and 20 minutes and that included a stretching stop, water stop, breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and some picture taking.

Some scenic spots that I passed along the way.Lamprey River Falls, Raymond

Goose Pond Farm - Fremont








Aside from being mildly sore and really tired which had nothing to do with walking and everything to do with not sleeping well the night before, I felt great!   In fact I felt good enough to walk another five miles the following day.

Exeter River viewing area - Odell Rd Sandown

Old Fremont (Poplin) Town Pound








I’m getting fitter with each walk.

As of today I’ve reached about 50% of my fundraising goal but here is where the kindness of strangers comes into play…

There’s less than 35 days till my walk on May 14th and I still have about $900 to raise.   Maybe that seems like a lot but I think of it as $10 from 90 believers, 90 followers and 90 friends who are like me and have a family member or friend who’s been affected with this disease or who don’t want to see the next generation at risk.

Remember it’s not just breast cancer that’s benefitting from this fundraising—it’s all cancers because many of the new treatments that are developed to treat breast cancer will  also be used in treating other aggressive cancers.

Won’t you help me meet my goal—$10.00, that’s all I ask. 

What would you be willing to give up in order to donate $10.00? 

Lets see… $10.00 will buy five FQ’s or a couple of dahlia bulbs, two flats of summer annuals, six packages of seeds, two value meals at McDonalds.  Would it be worth giving up just one of those things to end breast cancer?   To me it would be.

Please click on the “PINK” Avon Walk button in the top left of the page or go  HERE to support my walk today.  I do need your help.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


P.S.  In case you need another incentive to donate how about a super FREE give-away because every one who sponsors my walk will be entered into the drawing for my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, “Hope’s Garden”


  1. Hi Gail,
    I did mail a check with the coupon you sent me a couple of weeks ago. I didn't communicate with you or on your site to confirm my donation. Is this communicated to you any other way or did I miss a step?

    My check was for twice what you are asking folks to contribute today.

  2. Hi Gail,
    Love the pics you posted! Donated to your fund, wasn't much but every penny helps :)


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