Each month we like to feature one of our Breast Investigators members and share their unique story with regard to breast cancer. This month, we selected Nancy Nicks and asked her to tell us why she participates in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure:
Although I have been blessed in that I have never dealt with breast cancer in a personal way, I noticed that I was hearing a lot of stories about women being diagnosed with breast cancer. It just seemed to me that it was becoming more and more common. I was horrified by what these women were going to endure and go through just to get better. I could not believe the extensive process that it was, and many times the battle is for years. How horrible! I could imagine in my mind, hearing those dreaded words for myself, or God forbid someone I love dearly. What does one do?
I have a sorority sister Jan, who has been doing the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk for several years. We were together and she began to talk about this walk she was training for, I asked her about it, and thus my journey to do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day began. I joined her team, Walking In Sunshine, and have loved every minute of it. This was my first year walking and I intend to do this walk every year until I can't do it anymore. I have never experienced anything more powerful in person than this. I have met some beautiful women who are survivors and have a zest for life that we should all embrace. I have team members who were in the midst of breast cancer treatment but they walked anyway, God bless them! What an amazing sight to behold!
As far as fundraising went, boy was I scared. I have never asked people for money before. My team did different fundraisers during the year, and those team members who participated split the money. Then there was just the simple approach of asking family and friends. I was surprised at how generous they could be. I was also honored that my husband's employer and vendors donated as well!! I think I got my feet wet this year, so next year I will up the ante and ask away!! I wont be so afraid of the fundraising this time!
During the walk, seeing women who obviously were in the process of fighting breast cancer was humbling and emotional. They came out to cheer me on, even if they did not feel the greatest. I can't even imagine. Families came out to thank us for helping and show complete strangers love and support. I welled-up with tears many times in utter amazement. Wow. All I did was raise a little money!
I realized that the money I raise is helping someone live. God, I hope so!!! It is hard to pick a favorite memory because it was all just more than I imagined- powerful, awesome, amazing, more adjectives than I can even come up with. But one thing definitely stands out. When the closing ceremonies were over and I was walking away with a few of my teammates, a lady walked up to us and asked if she could have her picture taken with us. It was obvious she was battling breast cancer. She had a little sign that she held up that read "I just completed my last chemo on Tuesday". We took the picture and she began to thank us for walking and raising money to help women like her. That is why I walk and will continue to walk. I don't want to have to take another picture with a beautiful woman needing chemo and going through hell to live. I am honored that I can do it, and I will continue to do it until I am gone or breast cancer is cured.
God Bless all the women and men who are battling this disease. You are true heroes for what you must endure and the fight that you put up to live. I rely on scripture and the one that stands out is 1 Cor. 15:10, "But by the grace of God, I am what I am. His grace to me was not without effect. No I worked harder than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."