Archive for July, 2005
In September, Rachel and I will be participating in a remarkable journey in the fight against breast cancer. It is called the Breast Cancer 3-Day. It’s a 60-mile walk over three days to raise money for breast cancer. The net proceeds will support the combined efforts of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) Breast Cancer Fund in their mission to fund access to care and find a cure for breast cancer.
We have each committed to raise $2,100 in donations over the next few weeks. To show our commitment, we have already sponsored ourselves for $1.50 per mile. If you would like to match one or both of our donations or if you are not able to do this, sponsor us for $1.00 per mile or even .50 per mile go to www.The3Day.org, Click on the “Atlanta” event, click “Donate” and search under my name “Patsy Burnette” (Hampton, GA) or Rachel’s “Rachel Burnette” (Greenville, SC). There you may also download a printable version of the donation form if you would like to mail your contribution. The 3-Day site is user-friendly and secure. Or, you may simply call 1-800-996-3DAY.
If you are willing and able to help us, please consider the amount that’s right for you and do it TODAY. We signed up a little late and have only a few weeks to complete our fundraising. Most walkers in Atlanta (over 4000) have been raising funds since January. Consider this also – It may be possible that your employer may augment your donation through a matching gift program – if you think this may be the case please check your company’s policy.
Our reason for walking: Rachel and I will be walking in honor of my mother-in-law (her grandmother), Eva Burnette, who fought breast cancer. I’m walking with the hope that Rachel will never have to go through what her grandmother did even though the disease is thought to be hereditary. I want my grandchildren’s generation to hear the words “breast cancer” and be as unfamiliar with the disease as the children of our generation are with Smallpox and Polio! You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and we would be proud to walk in their honor as well. We are also walking for all of those who can not – those who are fighting breast cancer at this very moment, enduring chemotherapy and clinging to life.
This year, more than 200,000 women in the U. S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. The most sobering fact – Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. and we believe that increased awareness means more survivors! We are taking on this challenge to do something BIG that will help raise that awareness and help in finding a cure.
We know that this event isn’t going to be easy and we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t believe 100% that it was worth every muscle ache, every weary night, and all of the training to do it! We hope that you will share this incredible adventure with us – by supporting our fundraising efforts. Thank you in advance for whatever you can do you will truly be with us each step of the 60 miles!
If you have any questions or want to hear more about the event, I’d love to talk to you about it. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
If you know someone who you think would be interested in sponsoring us as well, please feel free to give them this information.
If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.
Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C