Give Thanks for a supportive community.

27 Dec

Race for the Cure, Denver 2011

Denver is a big city.  These balloons told David & I that we were heading in the right direction. On Oct. 2nd, 2011 we joined 50 thousand (+ or -) people for Denver’s Race for the Cure.

Selena, Kathi, Sonja & David

Dear friends Selena, Kathi and David joined me on the 5 K walk.  We could have run but that would have been nuts!  Survivors wore pink t-shirts that said “Survivor.”  I love that shirt!  Everyone else wore the t-shirt that David’s modeling 😉

We walked on a 6 lane highway that looped around like a ribbon.  It was so cool and overwhelming to see so many people in that loop!  You’ll have to see that picture at the end of this post because WordPress blog won’t let me type around that image.  Grrr.

Let the walk begin. (Sonja)

There’s nothing like walking with 50,000 people to make a gal feel cared for!  Everyone there was caring for each other, those that have passed and those who will walk cancer’s path in the future. “The Komen Denver Affiliate has invested $28,000,000.00 in community breast cancer programs across the state.” (Denver Post)

"In loving memory of Marge Miller April 20 1954 - September 28, 2011"

This group of young supports were walking for a family member that had just been taken by cancer 4 days earlier.  Our hearts sank.  They were so brave and strong!

As we walked bands played for us, cute, young cheerleaders gave high-fives and actors entertained us.  Festive yet solemn.  Emotions were worn on the sleeve and shared with everyone.  This was an event unlike any I’d ever experienced.

Sonja feeling strong and silly as an ape.

Pink cancer survivors gathered on the bleachers

There were two sets of bleachers like this filled with cancer survivors according to how many years they have survived.  The 5 year survivor group numbered less than a forth of the 2 year survivor group.  I’m counting on that being because the ol’ timers are tired of the race and stayed home.  They probably opted for the “Sleep in for the Cure” plan.  Many do because one has to be up at 4:30 a.m. to get to the race busses by 5:30 a.m.  The walk was easy the wake up call was brutal!

I could go on but will stop at this photo from 2010 which has been colored in to make the ribbon path more obvious.  I plan to do this again.  Maybe you can join me next year?

Racin’ to send you a pink hug,


Highway Pink Ribbon of Cancer Supporters and Survivors

2 Responses to “Give Thanks for a supportive community.”

  1. Lesley Jacobs December 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Sonja! So proud of you for accomplishing this. And for being an awesome living example of one bold, brave and inspired survivor. You look beautiful and happy. I miss you and cannot wait to see you again real soon. I know I have said it before but you have and continue to be such an inspiration for me and everything I do to heal, help others and move forward with love. XOXO L

    • Project Give Thanks January 6, 2012 at 2:52 am #

      Lesley, thank you for such loving and generous words.

      Ya know, I predict a word fight:
      Me: You Rock!
      You: No YOU Rock!
      Me: You Rock like the Flintstones (never been good at comebacks)
      You: You rock like the Flatirons…

      The Pink Elephant Posse and Project Give Thanks are just two wonderful project born from compassion for others who will walk the path we did. Aren’t we lucky to be well enough to help!

      Love You, Sonja

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