Monday, October 27, 2008

Avon Walk!

They did it! The Avon Walk was this past weekend. Renda and Tara completed 20 miles on Saturday and 13 miles on Sunday! We're so proud of them!!

All of the images are posted online... but here's a sneak peek!

Before the walk started on Saturday morning, the girls signed the names of our survivors that they walked in honor of.

Meet the Pinkerbellas! They were dressed up and ready to walk!

Only halfway girls!

Here's another team from Kentucky. Their team of 16 members raised a total of $50,000!

The halfway mark was at Charlotte Country Day School. They were cheering the walkers on. Renda added our survivors to their banner!

At the 20 mile marker, the girls made the decision to stop for the day. What an accomplishment... 20 miles in one day!

Words cannot explain how good that massager felt on Tara's feet... but her expression can.

Karen and Rhonda visited the girls Saturday evening and brought them their favorite.... Chik-fil-A milkshakes!

Milkshakes and foot massages... what else can a girl ask for?

Here's Renda's decorated bag.
"My Avon Walk For: Rhonda Sloop, Jill, Jane, Allison, Judy, Angie, and Shirley"
... and her shoes that were white at 6am.

The girls in their Focused on a Cure hats.

Meet the Cleavage Crusaders! They were an entertaining group!

Renda, Rhonda, and Tara at the Wellness Village.

Sunday, bright and early, in the cold!

This guy was cheering the walkers on... "You ladies are utterly amazing!"

This guy was cheering on from his car with a megaphone and a "I'm a breast man" shirt!

This was Team Courage. They had a team member in a wheelchair. That's inspiring.

Someone else has their own "Millie and Luke." Meet Bailey....

and Bacardi!

As the girls passed, they noticed this man standing to the side with pink roses and wondered who he was waiting for. Little did they know, it was the group of ladies behind them. As they approached, he gave each lady a pink rose. What a sweeatheart!

This is the motto of the Pinkerbellas... "Faith, trust and Pinksie dust combined with the happiest of thoughts are all your need to walk for a cure!"

This was another team that the girls met - The TaBoobs. One of their team members made hats for the other team members. They were pink crocheted breasts! So creative!

And they finally made it to what they thought was the end.... but they soon realized it was 13.3 miles! :)
.3 miles to go!

And now they're happy!

Karen and Rhonda were waiting at the end to greet them. Rhonda was thankful for Renda's dedication.

There they are at the finish line. Mission complete!

There were tons of people cheering them on as they crossed the finish line.

Tara took 78,473 steps. Renda claims she took more.... due to having shorter legs!

This was the youth crew that was there to encourage the walkers. Renda was inspired by their generosity to volunteer at an event like this.

Then it was time to tend to the blisters.

The closing ceremony started with the entrance of all the walkers.

Then the survivors made their entrance with a round of applause.

This was the oldest survivor participant. She was in her 70s!

This lady was honored as a single participant to have raised over 1 million dollars! She has participated in 98 walks in various cities!

Since 1992, Avon has raised over $525 million towards breast cancer and still counting....

For two days, we walked as one.

To view all the images from the Avon Walk, click here. Simply enter your name and email address to access the images.
Thanks again to everyone who helped us raise money for the Digital Divas! In 2009, we hope to participate in several walks and we hope you'll join us!

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