Monday, June 28, 2010

44 Days + $873

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Breast Cancer Cook-Off!! It was awesome, the food was amazing, and our chef's really need to open their own restaurant!

I could not have done this without Chris, Kenny, and Phil... Thank you so much!! And to mom and Shea for always helping out with everything!

To everyone who could not make it... the guys each made three course meals and provided samples of each course... we all sampled and voted after each course, then added up the votes at the end.

Here are some pictures (keep reading after there is still more to follow!)

Updates: We have been walking out in this heat. Currently, we have 6 training weeks left including the one we are in right now, and very behind where we were last year. I have suffered a few times from overheating and somehow mom is walking along with no complaints. She has to be the best partner in the world, she will not mention a complaint at all, although the second I start wearing down, she lists everything that is hurting on her. Typically it is her entire body, but I love the fact that she won't let me know until I finally break. For anyone who is wondering 6 weeks is plenty of time, and we will be completely trained by the time we go walk, we just spent about 5 weeks last year training 15 miles a day for three days a week, and that will not be the case this year.

For those who are in Michigan: I have the info on the walk. I will email you in the next week or so with all the information. Phil will be up there the entire time and will be able to let you know where all the points are (they are secured by police so we do not know ahead of time)... and we are hoping to get a group together to go out afterward. Once we get the address of the hotel, I will send out information to everyone!!

Please keep donating and supporting!! We only have 44 days and I still have $873 to raise!! Most importantly, any morning you are bored, send me a long e-mail, a puzzle, some problem to figure out, I have to get my mind off of the tiredness and the heat! :-)

Thank you again for all the support, I love all of you!

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's 90 WHAT~!

After almost passing out on the softball field after an hour yesterday, we thought it would not be the best idea to try training today. The forecast for this week (on the days we will be walking) is 93, 93, 92...

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers this week as we walk lots of miles, we are having to play catch-up a lot because our training has not been as consistant as last year when I was not in school. We have only 8.5 weeks to be fully prepared, which means rain or shine, whether it is 100 degrees or not we will be out walking.

I have not much to report on, our training will become hours longer starting next week as I finish up one of my summer school classes, and can pretty much concentrate on training alone.

Thank you everyone who has contributed so much, we are looking forward to having a garage sale this Saturday, followed by the Cook-Off next Saturday, which we are EXTREMELY excited about. If you have not gotten information on this yet, please contact me!! We are expecting to have a great turn out, and all the chefs have been practicing their dishes and are excited to compete.

Sorry to wrap it up so short, but back to the homework!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


During the 3day getting cards is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. You receive them after walking your first 20 miles and have to set up your tent, your exhausted, etc.... and then you receive encouragement mail!!

Here is the address this year for those of you who would like to send it, to either my mom or me, or both. You can send it anytime from now until August 3rd.

Send letters to:

3-Day for the Cure PO

ATTN: INSERT NAME OF PARTICIPANT (If you are sending it to mom, she is listed under her legal name- Debra)

P.O. Box 611

South Lyon, MI 48178

Envelopes only, please. No boxes or large packages. Mail must be postmarked no later than August 3 in order to ensure delivery at the 3-Day for the Cure Camp Post Office. This address is not the actual location of camp, but a PO Box for mail delivery only.

Breast Cancer --- the end is in sight!

So after hearing more information about the Breast Cancer vaccine (follow-up from the last post), and Phil looking at the proteins and the "scientific" knowledge... Basically the way it was explained to me was that the researchers were able to locate something in the body that was there only when breast cancer was present. They were able to create a vaccine that causes your body to fight off the "cell/protein" <--- (we are calling it both because Phil is not presently here to tell me which one it is).... all on its own.

So they are hoping to start experimenting with it within the next year, which according to my pharmaceutical engineer, it could possibly (if it works) be available in 10 years... while it sounds like a long time, it's really not. My main focus is knowing that there is now a possibility that by the time I have a little girl, she could receive a vaccine that would make her breast cancer free.

In present time...

Training went well yesterday, it was SOOOOO hot and humid. After 4 miles I could barely breathe. Thank goodness that we will be training in this heat and then traveling to a colder place!

Saturday is another garage sale!! Thank you everyone who has given us stuff again, we have so much, we are having to have it at home again instead of traveling because we could not fit it all into two cars. THAT IS AWESOME!!!

Also, this was pretty much the most awesome surprise of all.... Ana, who reads the blog and postings and has followed everything, said she was not able to receive a breast cancer jar so she made her own, filled it up, and gave it to me when we went to visit her this past week! Hands down, I think I have the best friends in the world...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Breast Cancer Vaccine is showing promising results!!

Article that I found while reading the news online....

A breast cancer vaccine has shown promising results in mice, according to a study by researchers at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute.

Researchers say the vaccination prevented breast cancer tumors from forming while also stopping the growth of existing tumors.

Doctors and researchers are hopeful that the vaccine will bring similar results when tested on women and bring an end to breast cancer.

“We can vaccinate normal, healthy women and make sure they don't get the disease,” said Dr. Vincent Tuohy, the study's principal investigator and an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute.

Tuohy said when the vaccine was injected into genetically cancer-prone mice, none developed breast cancer.

However, Duke oncologist Dr. Victoria Seewaldt warns cancers have been cured in mice before but failed to work on people.

“We have cured an awful lot of mouse cancer in my day," Seewaldt said. "I really want to see it working in humans before I take out the champagne bottle."

Tuohy said the findings of the study offer hope to breast cancer survivors and those with a heightened risk of developing breast cancer.