Mothers. Uncles. Friends. Daughters. The list of those affected by breast cancer goes on and on.
For Lori McGee, Cazenovia resident, her reason is clear when asked why she is again lacing up her shoes to show her never-ending support in the fight to end breast cancer.
“Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. Every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer,” McGee said. “That means one in four people diagnosed with breast cancer die from breast cancer. To me, even one in four is one too many.”
McGee has committed to participate in the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Syracuse, and has again embarked on a physical and emotional journey in preparing for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Three-Day event, which will take place in Philadelphia, Penn.
McGee has participated in numerous Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Syracuse, walking with her children each year in support of breast cancer research and awareness. The 2012 walk will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 in Clinton Square.
This event will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Like other participants, McGee understands that breast cancer knows no boundaries, so committing to raising $2,300 and walking 60 miles in three days during the Susan G. Komen Three-Day event is an important step in ridding the world of the disease.
“Sixty miles is no easy task, but this is something I can do. Something I must do.” McGee said, reflecting on friends, coworkers and clients who have been affected by this disease.
She has had friends lose their battle, and McGee herself has battled breast cancer as well.
The Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Three-Day starts the morning of Friday, Oct. 5 and ends with the closing ceremony the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 7.
Walkers cover about 20 miles a day with hundreds of volunteer crew members supporting the walkers through the three-day journey.
About 1.6 million new cases of invasive breast cancer occurred among women around the world in 2010, while 425,000 women around the world died of breast cancer in 2010.
To help McGee reach her goal of a world without breast cancer, make a donation or to join her team, visit the3day.org and search for “Lorraine McGee” under the donate tab.
For additional information, call the organization at (800) 996-3DAY.