Making Strides 2016

Making Strides 2016

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, rounded off with my first ever 5K!!  My sister-in-law, Ann, was in charge of Clay BCC Strong for her job.  My Mom, sister, niece and I joined her team.

Clay BCC Strong Making Strides 2016

Myself, Mom, Sister-in-law (back), sister and niece.

We were supposed to walk in Clay County October 9th.  However, Hurricane Matthew decided to blow through here on the 8th.  The walk was rescheduled for October 22nd with Duval County.

The day was gorgeous.  A cold front passed through during the night!  Perfect for a 5K in Florida!

The event was held in Hemming Plaza downtown Jacksonville.

Making Strides 2016

Hemming Plaza, Jacksonville, FL

Making Strides 2016 Clay BCC Strong Team

Making Strides 2016
Clay BCC Strong Team

Team Shirt Making Strides 2016

Team Shirt Making Strides 2016 with my name on it!

A special Survivor area was set up with a pink carpet for a grand entrance.  There was a photo area with fun props where we took pictures.

Making Strides 2016

My Mom, Kathleen, and I

My Mom is my hero!  She is an 8 year breast cancer survivor!  She deserved to wear that crown for the day!

Making Strides 2016-Survivors

Mom and I.


Just before we got started, Survivors were draped in a sash and got to dance on stage.

Making Strides 2016

Here I am in a sea of pink waiting for my sash!

A drone captured the start of the race and we ended up on Action News Jax FaceBook page!

Making Strides 2016

And….we’re off!


It took us an hour and 20 minutes to walk–more like walking and talking!  We walked along the river and through some pretty parts of our downtown.

We had a fire chief from Clay County on our team.  He entertained us almost the whole way.  His favorite was to dance around police officers–even making one’s day!

Making Strides 2016

Dancing Fire Chief

Clay County Fire Chief with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Clay County Fire Chief with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

We felt very accomplished being able to finish the walk.  A fellow participant wanted to give their job’s banner to a Survivor.  They chose Mom!

Making Strides 2016

Mom and I with Banner

We made our way back to the Survivor tent for a breakfast of wraps, yogurt, granola, bananas and cupcakes!

Making Strides 2016 Survivor Tent

Making Strides 2016 Survivor Tent

Thousands of dollars were raised for the fight against Breast Cancer.  I will talk, fight, walk, write, blog, attend until there is a cure!!

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