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What an awesome morning kicking off the 2017 Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer. I was right there in the middle of all the action. Here are a few pics of me the the walkers as we made our way around Buckhead.
If you want to help consider joining my team “Save the Peaches” We have a lot of fun, raise a lot of money and get a little exercise.
The Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer is a local organization raising money for local Georgia Breast Cancer Services. All the money stays right here in Georgia. Help out, join the team or make a donation.
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A Journey Through the
Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer
The Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer, I did it. I did the 2. I walked the 30 miles, I met the amazing survivors and heard their incredible stories. I was in awe of the strength and courage these women and men have shown and continue to show.
When I started this journey I thought I was walking to raise money for another charity and of course I was, but this walk, this journey is so much more than that. Over the course of 8 months I participated in every training walk and met so many amazing people. Each one with a different story, a reason for walking. They freely shared their stories of personal struggle, family losses and a hope for a better future.
Over the course of those many months I was slowly starting to understand that this was more than a walk, more than raising some money, it was people coming together to enrich the lives of those around them. It was people, strangers for the most part, working together to insure that every year the number of people struck by breast cancer shrinks.
My personal journey took me down a road I never saw coming. It started off with a simple goal, the same simple goal I assume every rookie 2-day walker starts with. Raise a thousand dollars and train hard enough to finish the 30 miles. Several times that financial goal seemed like an impossibility to me but I persevered.
I tried to chronicle and preserve my journey through pictures at all the training walks. I took over a thousand pictures over the course of those training walks and after almost every walk I posted many of them to a blog. It was one of the processes. The June training walk in Roswell was my turning point and I didn’t even recognize it when it happened.
The journey and its purpose snuck up on me in an amazing way. I spent a brief moment that day, talking to a woman as we walked. It was her first walk. She asked about my dog as most walkers do.
You see, as a man, walking with a miniature dachshund, dressed in pink, in a sea of pink clad woman, it’s almost impossible not to say something. We talked about the walk a little and she shared with me that she was a survivor and this was really her first hard challenge after her treatment. The conversation ended and I scurried along to rejoin my team.
As a photographer and especially a candid photographer you tend to focus on the photo more than the actual subject. You compose the image and watch the backgrounds and check the light. Sometimes you don’t really see the core subject until later. That happened to me on that particularly hot day in Roswell. That same survivor I spoke to briefly while walking stepped in front of my camera. She was enamored by my little 4 legged walking companion Scarlett. As she took pictures of Scarlett I snapped pictures of her. A few moments later she was posing with the safety crew and I snapped a few more pictures. On that day I didn’t even get her name. I gave her a card for Scarlett’s blog and told her the pictures would be up there.
That night as I began to recall the walk and write the blog post for Scarlett, I was running through the pictures deciding which ones to use in the post. Suddenly there she was. Her smile was as big as the 2-day walk is long. She just reached out and touched me in a way I didn’t even understand then. As I went through the mechanics of cropping and watermarking the photos for publication I finally took a second to read her t-shirt. It touched me someplace deep in my being. That touch would finally manifest itself as I neared the end of this journey.
I met this amazing woman several more times over the course of the training walks. We chatted and my understanding of the struggles every woman with breast cancer faces began to set in.
Fast forward to October 15, 2016 at about 7:00 am at the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer, walkers breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta. Just 30 minutes before the start of this 30 mile walk, as I shared a table with complete strangers, small talk turned to a question that completely turned my reason for being there around.
They simply asked, “So why do you walk”? I started telling my story of working to raise money for many charities over the years and joining the walk team at work, as this year’s chosen charity and the more I tried to make my reasons sound noble the worse it got. I suddenly realized I didn’t know why I was doing this. I looked up from my plate of bacon and eggs and there she was, my lady with the smile, she stood tall in that room full of walkers. I stopped my blabbering, and started blubbering right there at the table. “I’m sorry”, I said through choked back tears and a cracking voice. I pointed to her and told anyone that could hear me through tearful eyes that she was the reason I walked. I walked so no one else would need to endure her pain and struggle.
Right there in that moment, I knew why I walked. It wasn’t about any of those material things. It was about making it better for the next person. It really was about all those words I had designed into our team t-shirts four weeks before. It truly is about courage, support, belief, love, hope, understanding and family.
As luck or fate would have it, on Sunday morning walking through downtown Atlanta in a sea of pink surrounded by nearly 1000 walkers, I found my hero. I found that amazing smile, that strength and that determination like no other. I found Karen. We walked together and I shared my story with her like she had shared hers with me back on that hot June day. We cried, we hugged and we held hands as we walked. Karen you have touched me in ways I have never known before. Thank you for helping me understand the struggle so many have endured. We will walk together again.
PS: I know Karen got a selfie of us, and here it is!!
I also think there might have been a few walkers behind us that might have gotten pictures. If any of you find this post, please add any pictures you have.
edit: 10/19/2016 A picture was taken and special thanks to Anne for sharing it.
My team, Team Agilysys. Thank you Pat and Maryann!
Yes I painted my bear pink, I proudly wore a pink hat
and pink beads and I’ll gladly do it again.
Finally, Thank you, It’s The Journey for keeping hope alive and putting on the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer. I just can’t say enough good about this organization and the people and I must give a shout out to two very special ladies.
- Kim Goff the executive director of It’s the Journey is its constant cheerleader. She gives tirelessly to this cause. After the whole weekend and all the work that goes into it. This lady was in the parking garage, personally thanking participants as they left, absolute dedication to the cause.
- Ray Roberts was everywhere. She was at sign-in, the sale table, she was guiding us through the hotel and helped everyone. Thank you Ray for taking care of my wife!
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If you’d like to join us for the 2017 Atlanta 2 Day Walk for please consider our team, Save the Peaches. You can signup here https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamResults.aspx?EventID=204968&LangPref=en-CA&RegistrationID=3628097
Join Team Agilysys on Wednesday June 22nd for our kickoff fund raiser at the Travelers Building in Alpharetta. Stop by the lobby between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to get some of the nicest hand made car…
Source: Atlanta 2 Day Fund Raising Event
A beautiful day in Roswell for the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Training Walk.
Visit the 2 Day Walk home page at itsthejourney.org to learn all about this organization and what they have done for the Atlanta community over the last 13 years.
Not that a warm up was needed but we had a quick one and it was time to invade the streets of Roswell.
Thanks again to our awesome safety crew. They watch over us.
And a few special pictures of an awesome rookie this year. We look forward to walking with her again. I believe she thanked every member of our safety crew for their service.
And finally a picture of yours truly after the 5.5. mile walk. Yup this puppy made the whole thing and I was ready for a banana and a nap!
See you all again next month at Stone Mountain. They say I’ll be walking all the way around that big rock!! Walk around a rock… how hard can that be.
If you want to help the Atlanta 2 Day Walk with a generous donation here is a link to my human’s team and donation page. Everything raised for the Atlanta 2 Day Walk stays right here in Atlanta to help our community. Please help.
This Saturday May 14th is the third Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Training Walk for 2016 and your chance to help a great organization that has been helping Atlanta for 13 years! It’s also your chance to meet me, Scarlett the Running Dachshund. Scarlett is the official Training Mascot of Team Agilysys. (because if I can walk 5 miles so can you!)
Click HERE for all the details and to join us. Special $20.00 discount this weekend only for anyone that signs up. See the It’s the Journey web site for complete details and information.
Awesome morning training walk in Marietta.
This morning Team Agilysys and a whole bunch of fellow walkers for the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer took to the streets of Marietta for the second training walk for 2016. Your’s truly was there in support of this great cause and group here in Atlanta. I walked side by side and tail to toe with them. My little legs keep up and I’m looking forward to many more walks.
The 2 Day folks sure are nice they even gave me my own walkers button to wear on my harness. Of course I had the low view dachshund cam with me and got some good clips with the Contour HD ROAM camera.
My human has ordered me a brand new harness which everyone will get to see at the next walk in May. Suffice to say this girl will have her PINK on!! Enjoy the video and pictures below and remember to support our cause with generous donations at this link
Picture time at the walk.
It’s taken five months for the humans knee to heal. He’s made 3 trips to the greenway in 7 days and one trip to the treadmill. 4 miles each time. Looks like we’re going to be getting back into moving around a lot more. Look for new posts starting next week with your favorite running dachshund!! Scarlett! .
After 3 weeks of gloom it seems this coming Saturday, Feb. 7 will be a nice day. We’ll be at Fowler Park at 10:00am for a nice walk, hopefully with a crowd of co-workers from Agilysys to kick off our February Wellness Challenge. Directions are in the calendar post. Here are the details:
A walk with Agilysys co-workers as part of our February Wellness Challenge.
Everyone and anyone is welcome to join.
Walk one will be from Fowler Park South on the Greenway to the McFarland parking lot and back to Fowler Park. This is a 7.5 mile walk. Participants can turn around at any point on the walk to shorten their personal distance. This will generally be a 3.5 mph walk pace and Scarlett will be along on this walk.
Walk two will be around the Fowler Park walking track which is approximately 1.5 miles. This will be a slower pace and Scarlett’s sisters Peanut and Dixie may be along for this one. This walk will also start at 10:00. The leader of this walk has not been decided yet so step up and volunteer!
See everyone on the trail!