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Judi Long

My name is Judi;
I started walking in the 3-day 60 mile Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk in 2005, for a challenge of something to do. When I signed up, I did so by myself.  Half way into my training, a friend of mine asked if I was walking with a mutual friend. At that point I wasn't, but I gave her a call, and then we both started training together. We did 2005 & 2006 together, in 2007 I was alone again, in 2008 we grew to a team of 4, in 2009 our team of 4 went to Cleveland and teamed up with friends we met in 2005 & 2008.  There was about ten of us all together.  I had a blast. 2010 we ended up with 12 local ladies on the team. It was a special year for me, my oldest daughter joined the team, and we had 8 new walkers. They must have liked the experience, they’re all coming back. So at this point it's not just for the challenge. I feel like I’m doing my part to help get rid of this terrible disease. Breast Cancer affects 1 out of 8 women. I have walked many miles with survivors; male and female, young and old, people who walk for their best friends, cause they can't because their last chemo made them sick. I have walked beside husbands, father, sons, brothers, uncles, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, and best friends that walk in loving memory of their loved ones who lost their fight.  Those that are unable to walk, volunteer and work hard all weekend making sure the walkers are very well taken care of.
It has been an amazing journey and one I plan to continue for many years or until breast cancer if forever gone.

Judi Long,
3-Day walker,
7 years and still going strong!

Judi Long

My name is Christine Wolgast. I am 26.5 years young! My mom (Judi Long) is my hero. This is my story!

At 19 years old, you don't really think about breast cancer that much ... who it affects, what it does, or the survival rate. That's the year my mom started Save the Boobies.

Last year, in 2010, I finally signed up to do the 3 day walk. At first, I told everyone that I was doing this for my mom. It meant so much to her ... why not? The first day at opening ceremonies changed my mind and my heart forever.

Take all of your face book friends and divide them by eight. That is the number of people you will know that will be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. That's too many.

My goal is to find a cure. As long as I am capable of fighting for people who cannot fight for themselves, I will. Everyone deserves a lifetime.


Save the Boobies!!!!
Christine Wolgast

Judi Long

I’m a SURVIVOR who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2004 at the age of 30. Since then I have participated in five 3-Day fundraisers, this year will make number six. I clearly remember walking through the mall in late 2004 and seeing a sign advertising the 3-Day coming to KC in 2005. I instantly knew this was something I wanted to be a part of part. I wanted to do my part in the fight against breast cancer – not only for those battling breast cancer, but for all the mothers, sisters, and daughters in the world. In 2005 & 2006, I participated in the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Kansas City. In 2007, I fundraised for the Chicago walk but was unable to actually walk due to health issues. In 2008, my team of four traveled to San Diego to walk, and in 2010 my team of 10 traveled to Washington D.C. I’m looking forward to traveling to San Francisco in September to participate in my 6th event.

60 MILES…..I can do that!!!

Jessica Freeman

Judi Long

I am the newest member of the “Save the Boobies” Team and am ready to do my part to help fight breast cancer and hopefully inspire hope. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that is filled with people who have such focus, drive, commitment and, more than anything, compassion. A little background on me, for almost the last decade I have been helping to fight cancer with the Kenabru Kids at the Douglas County Relay for Life Walk. I have enjoyed those years, but am excited about my new venture to support the Susan G. Komen walk. By taking on this volunteer opportunity I hope to meet a lot of great people from all walks of life and also become more familiar with my local community.

In addition, because I believe this is such a great cause, I will be talking about breast health with my family and friends. It’s not only important to help those in need, but also important to spread the message that early detection can be a key to fighting this terrible disease.

I have done a lot of thinking this year about what inspires me, and I believe my inspiration in life comes from wanting to help others and to make a difference. I believe this opportunity with the “Save the Boobies” Team will help me accomplish both. Compassion is the true thing that encompasses the Susan G. Komen walk, and I could only hope to exude that kind of compassion in everything I do.

Kimberley Smoots

Judi Long

I became a member of the "Save the Boobies" team last year when I was invited to join after attending a fundraising event. I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity. Since joining the team it has been an all uphill experience. Over the last year I have met some amazing people, heard inspirational stories, and have shed some tears as I try to place myself in their shoes. With each and every person I have met along the way and continue to meet in my daily life; I am encouraged and motivated to do more to promote awareness and raise money toward a cure.

I have always had a passion for helping others by volunteering my time, giving donations, and supporting causes such as this one. Joining the team has been just one more opportunity to do that. Working in the nursing profession I am aware of the need for awareness, prevention and a cure. I am committed to this cause, and will continue to support this team in raising money as long as I am capable of doing so. From Washington DC last year to California later this year, each year will bring us a new adventure. 

Serena Kampfer

 

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