This year marked my 19 1/2 years as a breast cancer survivor while walking in the 2009 OC Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. The previous 5 years I walked with various family and friends who came to support this cause. But, not until this year was my son and his family able to walk with us as they have always lived out of the state or been out of the country during the walk. (We walk…don’t race…as we are usually pushing at least one or two strollers.)
The day started out actually the night before when Brian, Caila and Hudson arrived at our house to spend the night. I just love it when they come and visit. I’m so happy that Hudson knows that Grandma Murphy’s house is his house too, with his own crib and special toys…the Little Tykes Rescue Fire Co. car being among his favorites. Of course he always makes sure to gather up all of his Hot Wheels and Match Box cars and trucks to ride along with him while he is saving the day.
Sunday morning we got up before the sun came up as we live about an hour and fifteen minutes south of Newport Beach in Carlsbad. Early. Kevin and I got ready and headed to Melissa’s house to pick her up and also meet my friend Dee and her son’s so that we could caravan. Brian, Caila and Hudson left a few minutes later to drive directly to the race site as they still needed to register and pick up their racing shirts.
Once at the race site we headed over to the Survivors Hospitality Pavillion. There they have all sorts of goodies to eat prior to the race…fruit, muffins, cookies, yogurt, donuts, coffee, juices, water…all I can say is YUM and thank you to the sponsors that donate all of this stuff.
Once we were done eating then it was time for me to line up for the “Survivors Parade”. This is where all the ladies in pink that are breast cancer survivors are each given a pink rose, donated by Proflowers.com and they walk to the area of the “Survivor Tribute” to the cheers of all of our family and friends that are there in support. Every year I wind up meeting someone new as I wait in line.
It’s quite moving when you see just how many people breast cancer affects, whether it is as a patient or a caregiver.
All of the survivors then sit on the steps of a nearby building to listen to the many different stories of other survivors or their family members.
After the tribute it’s time for the race to begin.
Here are a few of the photos that Melissa and I took along the way.