One thing that this whole experience has done is to turn me into a "blubbering fool." I cry or tear up at everything and anything, much like my dear friend Sue. Sue cries at everything and I always joke with her and other friends that we'd need to bring Kleenex to certain events with Sue because it was guaranteed she'd cry. Now I'm Sue.
On our way to NIH today, we saw a large group of women and a few men walking up Route 355 wearing a lot of pink and wearing bandannas or baseball caps. It dawned on me that today is the start of the Avon 3-Day Walk for Cancer and I started crying. These dedicated people are taking the time and the energy to walk for three days in the hopes that they could cure cancer. These people were walking for ME. I saw a bald woman walking in the crowd when we left NIH and I started crying again. I don't know where she is in her fight against cancer, but I know she's somewhere along a similar journey. I wanted to yell out the window, "You go, girl!" but I didn't. We drove up I-270 and saw another group walking on the overpass above us and Mike beeped his horn at them and several women waved. These women are my sisters and I am awed by their generosity and spirit.
I honestly don't know if I could walk for three days, which is one reason why I participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I don't like begging for money, but if you would like to donate I have a web page set up to take online donations. You can donate money in my name, but right now I don't know how I would feel if I saw my name on one of the luminarias that are set up all along a large track. At dusk, all of the candles are lit and it is a moving, beautiful sight. I have donated money in memory of Uncle Neil, Grandpa King, and Caroline Beall - all people who have lost the good fight against cancer. I have also donated money in honor of several cancer survivors. I just don't know if I am ready to see my name. I have told my Jaycee friends that they can put my initials, "AJ" or simply "Angela," "a Friend," or "a Jaycee" because I will be a little spooked to see "Angela Jandrew" and will need more Kleenex than Sue ever did to get through the experience. Next year I am sure I will be able to handle it better, but not now since it's too new. If you would like to donate, go to www.somocorelay.org and then look for "Donate to Participant" on the left-hand side of the page. Type in Angela Jandrew and my page comes up right away. My goal is to raise $1,500 and I'm off to a good start with a $700 donation from my scrapbooking pals. I just have to send in the check. THANKS!