In May of 2004 I began training for the AVON walk for Breast Cancer. The walk covers 26.2 miles over two days with an overnight camp out in a pup tent in the parking lot of a community college. Each participant must also raise $1,800.00 in donations. I had never participated in such an event before, but having lost several family members to cancer, feeling a need to give to society, and honoring the memories of my departed family members, I felt compelled to participate in this walk.

You could say that it was a defining event in my life. I walked 30 miles on September 11, 2004, in 103 degree heat through west LA and downtown Los Angeles with 1400 other people. Typically, the participants walk 26.2 miles over 2-days but my walkies buddies and I decided to push ourselves which is why we walked the 30 miles in one day. The energy and camaraderie I sensed was honestly overwhelming. I met many wonderful people training for the walk and at the actual walk itself.

I also developed a respect for the AVON organization and their commitment to helping fund cancer research and treatment. Mainly for that reason I decided to become an Avon Independent Sales Rep. Since joining AVON I have discovered another benefit. I can help other people with their fund raising needs.

When I participated in the AVON walk the hardest part of the process for me was asking family, friends, neighbors, and workmates for donations. Yes, it was more difficult than walking 30 miles in 103 degree heat.

Would I do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer again? Yes, I have a daughter and I don’t want her to be effected by this disease. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a good cause that effects both men and women. We are in a fast race for the cure and every dollar contributed helps.

About the Author: Eileen Angel resides in Orange County California with her husband of 20 years and two children. She has worked in high tech sales and marketing as well as operating a gift basket business. After successfully completing the Avon walk for breast cancer research, she now helps others raise money for their favorite cause through Avon fundraising programs.

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Posted on 23 August 2005

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