As Nancy Brinker takes stage, she held a moment of silence to remember those who were no longer with us and honors the live and stories of the survivors that were present. Nancy expressed her gratitude of support with this heartfelt closing:
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Susan Komen thanks you and everyone who helps do this every single day all over the world to make a better world, a world without breast cancer."
With over 15,000 Race for the Cure walkers, it was a slow start for me just getting pass the starting line, where Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker stood as they greeted, shook hands and posed for photographs. With my camera on hand, I couldn't pass up one last photo opportunity and a hug from Komen's great supporter, Matt Goss. It was a gorgeous day walking for my "cause" and taking it all in, as I walked past many well-known memorials and monuments along the beautiful 3 mile stretch in Washington DC.
Tears came to my eyes as I approached the finish line and receiving my "survivor medallion" for I wanted to share this amazing experience with my mother, whom I lost just 3 months prior. I always loved sharing my stories and photos with my mom throughout my journey. Below, enjoy the photos I've taken during Race for the Cure.
|Komen Bloggers heading to VIP tent|
|Komen Bloggers and Community Outreach Grantees|
|I walked for all of my TNBC sisters!|
|Hulk Hogan, WWE,|
Grand Marshal for Komen
DC 2015 Race
|Partnership with WWE to race to end breast cancer|
|Dr. Judith Salerno, Hulk Hogan and Nancy Brinker|
|Standing where Hulk Hogan once stood...|
|Nancy and Dr. Salerno's commitment to Komen|
|Matt Goss gets walkers pumped with his song, Strong|
|Ready to walk 3 miles!|
|Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker greeting walkers|
|Matt Goss and Melissa Paskvan|
|Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker at the starting line|
|Walking amongst 15,000 people!|
|Melissa at Jefferson Memorial|
|Duckies at Jefferson Memorial|
|Detoured to see MLK Memorial|
|Passing the Lincoln Memorial|
|Walked through FDR Memorial on the way|
|“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every |
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.’
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
|Jefferson Memorial up-close|
|Zooming camera in for view of The White House|
|View of Lincoln Memorial from Washington Monument|
|View of The Capitol from Washington Monument|
|This is for you Mom, I'm a survivor!|
|Komen has been and continues to make progress|