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“To me, every day I’m alive is wonderful.”  Randi Passoff

 

It’s the Journey, the organization that puts on the Georgia 2 Day Breast Cancer walk, was founded in 2002 by Randi Passoff. Sadly, she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010 but what a legacy she has left behind! I had the privilege of participating in my 6th Georgia (formerly Atlanta) 2 Day Breast Cancer walk. The event offers several options for participants with different fundraising requirements. I opted to go all in as a 2 Day walker-20 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday for a $1000 fundraising minimum. Hubs and I do this event together. He has been a member of the Route Safety Motorcycle crew for 2 years now on this event. Never being one to not find humor in ANY situation, Hubs says he does it so that he can tell hundreds of women where to go and what to do and they have no choice but to listen to him… Anyhow, here’s some of what we saw and experienced…

 

Day One

 

The day started warm and dry, which is always welcome at the start of a 20 mile walk! This photo was taken by one of the event photographers on the stage just outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta. We were energized and ready to go!

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The Mad Girls are ready to start!

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And just like that the survivors led us on to the route.

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One of the first historical sites we passed was the Margaret Michell house. She’s a pretty big deal around here…

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Home of Margaret Mitchell, author of “Gone With The Wind”

 

For anyone who needed a ride between rest stops the sweep vans were at the ready.

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Hubs was hard at work supporting the walkers.

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I finally got to see him at lunch time!

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My day of walking Day One ended at lunch since I hadn’t trained nearly as much as I should have. My coach advised me to stop at 10 miles and who am I to argue with an Olympian? Still, I wasn’t finished for the day. After a shower and a nap I ventured down to the finish area to cheer my teammates to the finish line.

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Yes, the organizers rolled out the pink carpet for the finishers!

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Saturday night dinner is a pajama party! There’s nothing quite like going to dinner in a hotel ballroom in your PJs. We like to have fun with it! This is where Day One ended-we still had another day of walking to go.

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Day Two

 

 

Met up with my new friend Tom at breakfast. His restaurant, The Mad Italian, sponsors the Fabulous Mad Girls 2 Day team. I wonder if he cooks in that wig…

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One of the highlights of Day 2 is the way-too-brief time we get to walk through the College Football Hall of Fame!

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More sights seen through the wonderful city of Atlanta…

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Ponce City Market

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Community support is always awesome!!

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Back of Hubs’ bike. That stuffed Snagglepuss has been on his bike for EVERY event he’s ever worked!

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Beautiful mural in the Cabbagetown section of Atlanta

 

 

It seemed like no time had passed and we were in the holding area waiting to finish the walk. One of the wonderful traditions of the Georgia 2 Day is the Survivor Walk. The organizers open the last mile of the course for Breast Cancer survivors to join the walkers and walk the last mile into the closing ceremony. The ceremony is held in Liberty Plaza on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol and the walkers are led by a drum line. It’s quite a sight…

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Drum line leads the walkers to closing

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Why we walk…the Survivors on the closing ceremony stage.

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And the finish line-a job well done by all the walkers, crew, and organizers.

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This year’s Georgia 2 Day Breast Cancer walk raised $1,070,000 at the time the walk ended and donations were still coming in. Participating in this event has become a bit of an obsession and I’m already registered for next year’s walk. If you would like to support the walk, my donation page can be found here. Donations fund treatment for patients who can’t afford it as well as support programs and research. Thank you for your support!

I’ve probably overwhelmed y’all with photos but I need to leave you with just one more. It really sums up the whole event, and especially the men and women who have faced Breast Cancer head on. Thanks for hanging with me.

 

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“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve

 

Be well and God Bless-until we meet again…

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