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I DID IT!!!!!

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Hello Everyone!

Well, Avon Walk 2005 has come and gone. It was just as great as last year, but better. There were more family and friends around this time! Let me start from the beginning. . .

First for the statistics. I raised a total of $2535! The walk this year had over 2400 walkers and hundreds of crew. All told, The Chicago Avon Walk raised over 5.2 million dollars! More money is still coming in, too! I had 0 sunburn, 0 blown knees, and 3 blisters(darn rain). I think I win the most unusual blister award, too. It was under my toenail!

For those of you that did not check my web page, both of my parents were on the crew this year. Mom did medical crew at a couple of different Rest Stops and Dad was on water/ice crew at the Wellness Village. He also was a finish line cheerleader for about 2 hours on Sunday. It was awesome having them around – seeing them throughout the day. We also ended up having our tents near each other which was cool.

My goal for this walk was to complete the entire thing again, but in better time. I did it! I shaved atleast an hour off my time on both days. Because I did it so much quicker on Saturday, Paul and the girls (Miss Jen, Audrey, and Maddy) all got to hang out with us in the Wellness Village for a bit. On Sunday, I figured, “why rush?”, so I hung out with them at the lunch stop for over an hour. The weather during the walk was not as delightful. For pretty much the entire weekend the sun was set to melt. OH MY GOD! The last mile of the entire walk was the hardest. It was right along the lake, with no shade, no wind, and VERY hot! I had to keep telling myself not to give into the heat. But it was worth it. There at the finish line was my entire cheering section rooting for me! For those of you in the Chicago area that remember a down pour on Saturday, yes, I was walking in that too. That torrential down-pour with high winds, thunder, and lightning. Yes, I was in it. Fortunately, I was about 2 miles out from where my mom was – she got hailed on!

There was one VERY cool part of this year’s walk. The Avon Foundation has, during these walks, a thing called a “Connection Ribbon.” This is a Pink Ribbon (almost like a beauty pagent sash) that says “Every Three Minutes.” The ribbon represents the fact every 3 minutes another person is diagnosed with breast cancer. For every 3 minutes during the entirity of the walk, these ribbons are handed out to walkers and crew. All Day and All night because cancer never sleeps. There are only 672 ribbons passed out all weekend. My mom, dad, and myself all got one this year. My dad received one while working. I received one while explaining to Miss Jen what my dad’s ribbon meant. My mom woke up to find one outside her tent. It was touching for all of us to receive one.

Now everything is said and done. My muscles and feet are feeling good and blisters have healed. I am extremely thankful of everyone that has helped me through all this. My parents are signed up to crew next year. I am going to walk again, but haven’t registered yet. (That’s right! I’ll be back for more donations again next year!) My mom and I are also thinking of going out to crew the Denver walk next year. Watch out Desiree! Here we come!

Thanks again to everyone! You all Rock!

Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)

P.S. To those of you that want to see pic’s or have been promised pic’s, it is going to be a little bit. My camera apparrently did not like the rain and humidity and the pictures are a little hazy. You will get some! Don’t Despair! :)

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6 more days!!!

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Here it is everybody -

THERE ARE ONLY 6 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE WALK!! That’s it! I’m feeling good about it. I actually can’t wait to get out there behind Soldier Field to see all the people getting ready to head out. As of my last email from Avon just a few days ago, there almost 1100 people walking next weekend!! Watch out Chicago!!

On the topic of fundraising, I am doing well. I am currently $160 short of my $2500 goal. Not too shabby. A big THANK YOU to all of you that have donated to my walk. I appreciate what all of you have done for me. If anyone else is still insterested in making a donation, you have until noon on Friday, June 3rd to either hand me a check or make a donation on my webpage.

That all for now. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day! Look for one last message from me on Thursday.

Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)

P.S. Keep crossing fingers and toes for good weather next weekend!

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Note from Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

My wonderful wife has reached her goal of raising $2000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, not that my blog was any assistance in that. At least my friends were able to contribute.

Of course, donations are still welcome through June 3rd.

I will post pictures and the story after she completes the walk. Please consider the donation. It goes to a good cause, and if you don’t want to donate on Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s behalf, you can make a general donation at the Main Page.

Another Missive from Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

One Month and $400. That is what is left until my Avon Walk. The event is in 38 days and I still have to raise $400 to reach my goal of $2000.

Here it is folks…. my call out to all of you! Please help me! There are MANY of you receiving this letter that have not yet made a donation! Come on…. you can do it! If everyone on this list that has not donated simply made a $10 donation, I would reach my goal. Let’s get donating!

OK, so here are some incentives to help motivate you to donate:

1. Help saves lives!
2. Just $10 from each of you can help.
3. If your employer makes “Matching gifts”, you can DOUBLE your
4. Help local resources get in touch with the people that need it
5. Donate atleast $100 and you get to name a Pink Ribbon that I
will wear during the walk. Afterwards, I will mail you a
picture of me wearing it and the ribbon itself.
6. Don’t like to use credit/debit cards online? Just mail me the
check made out to AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER.
7. Help save lives!
8. Your donation is tax deductible.
9. It’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
10. You can make monthly payments.
11. Last, but not least. . . help save lives!

Here is a new one: Hopefully, all of you looked at my updated website and saw the new pictures on there. The first is of closing ceremonies. In this one you can see a giant, pink, inflatible pylon. There are 2 of these and they follow us around all weekend. The walkers/crew members all sign them and they then travel to every Avon Walk event (there are 5 more events after Chicago). They are seen by THOUSANDS of people.
So, I call out to all of you. Anyone making atleast a $250 donation will not only get to name a Pink Ribbon, but the name(s) they chose will get written on one of these pylons. It will be seen by thousands of people across the country. I already have one $250 donor. Can I get another one. . .or two? I don’t care if you team up, add on to a prior donation, or use an employer matching gift to reach the $250. You somehow donate that much and you will have the chance to permanently honor someone on an AVON WALK pylon for everyone across the country to see!

I look forward to seeing all of your names on my website as a “Donation Superstar”!

Mrs. Bixby (Not My Real Name)

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Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

My wife, the irrepressible Mrs. Bixby (not her real name) is walking the Walk. Please consider donating to her campaign. I haven’t begged for money yet, and I probably won’t do it again, but she has set herself a high goal and we would love to surpass it.

The format of the walk is unique. It extends over two days and covers up to 39.3 miles. That’s a Marathon-and-a-half! On your feet. For TWO DAYS! On Saturday, the walkers can choose to walk 13.1 miles (half-a-marathon) or 26.2 miles (a full marathon) knowing that on Sunday they will again be walking 13.1 miles.

Last year, she walked the entire length, although it took her the entire twelve hours allotted for the 26.2 miles. This year she wants to blow that out of the water and I think she can do it.

It is a cause dear to our hearts as Mrs. Bixby (not her real name)’s family has a long and sad history with cancer, and breast cancer especially. The pageantry surrounding the event is beyond moving and utterly inspiring. There have been few moments in our shared lives when I was more proud of my dearest wife than when she crossed that Finish Line upright and walking tall. My daughters, my mother-in-law and I had a grand time “chasing” her around the City and cheering her (and the thousands of other walkers) on.

OK, I ramble. But Mrs. Bixby (not her real name) wants very much to do this again this year and this blog is a new potential venue for fundraising for this, so I’d love to see both of my regular readers donate and validate the time I spend on this in her eyes. Can you do this for me? If not, can you do this for your mom, sister, aunt, daughter? Can you do this for yourself?

If you can’t donate, consider participating in the walk. They are all over the country. If you can’t do the Walk, find out when the one in your area is and seek out the route. Find the Cheering Stations and cheer these many women and (few) men on. You will feel better for doing so. Many walkers last year told me that if not for the people they knew would be at the next cheering station, they wouldn’t have made it. It’s an all around good day.

I will shortly have a post from Mrs. Bixby (not her real name) herself to tell you in her own words why she is doing this.