Can't Walk Away
It's not about the walking - it's about a world where breast cancer is only a memory. If you've ever wondered about the power of one person, meet Barbara Jo Kirshbaum.
A marriage and family counselor from Southern California, Barbara Jo was looking for a challenge, not a cause, when she began walking a decade ago. "I was turning 60, and I just wanted to do
something personally, physically challenging. I'd never really even exercised before I turned 40," she said.
This year marks a full decade of walking for breast cancer research – and Barbara Jo Kirshbaum's 70th birthday. Just a couple of years ago, as she was counting up dollars and miles, a
friend urged her to "up the ante."
He told her she could reach a hundred in three years, doing ten walks each year. But her 70th birthday was approaching. "I thought I could do it in two." She wasn't so sure about the million dollars. But she passed the million mark by mid-year, hitting $1.214 million in mid-summer. And when she walks in San Diego this November, she'll reach her hundredth walk.
She's not putting away her walking shoes, though. Because, of course, it isn't about the walking. "The first year I did it, it was about the challenge. But cancer isn't done, and I'm not ready to be done, either."
Sources for more information on breast cancerAmerican Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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