Cancer benefit

It is amazing that in this day and age, breast cancer is still such a large disease and affects so many people each year. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, approximately 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease.

It is amazing that in this day and age, breast cancer is still such a large disease and affects so many people each year. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, approximately 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease.

That’s why I have decided to do something about it. On Sept. 12, 2008, along with my great friend Chris Krotky of Issaquah and my dad Jeff Decker of Bellevue, I am walking 60 miles over three days. We will walk, camp, sing, laugh, cry and most importantly, raise awareness and funds to help fight and hopefully, one day, end this disease completely.

My story may be similar to many of you. I had a friend get diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago, Mary Kay Burdick. I had not really known anyone affected before. Watching the things that Mary Kay had to endure and researching what others had to go through, I knew I could not just stand by and do nothing. I had to get involved, not only to honor my good friend but to hopefully help find a cure before my daughter is old enough to be affected by it.

In our lifetime we have small opportunities to help our friends, neighbors, family members and communities. This is one small way that I am trying to make a difference.

In taking this journey I have met many others in similar situations wanting to help. If you are one of those people you can do so by going to the Web site, http://08.the3day.org/site/PageServer, signing up as a walker or donating to the cause.

To date I have raised $2,875 to help the cause and will continue to fundraise until the event is over, and then will be an advocate until the day a cure is found.

Nicole Turner

North Bend

More in Letters to the Editor

Common ground to build on | Letter

National divisiveness?

City seeks to improve economic health of North Bend | Letter

We are planning our first breakfast meeting for May 17 at Umpqua Bank.

Who is responsible for national divisiveness? | Letter

If you had to name just one person whom you thought was… Continue reading

Take down your fence, school district | Letter

As the Bike Park opens, the fence remains, covered in blackberries surrounding invasive knotweed.

Need to ban assault weapons | Letter

Anyone who thinks an AR-15 (M-16) is just cosmetic in appearance has a screw loose.

Global warming is the greatest moral crisis of our time | Letter

What do “freedom” and “patriotism” really mean? In an effort to convince… Continue reading

Newspaper delivery method just isn’t delivering | Letter

I love reading the Valley Record for its local news but I… Continue reading

Don’t blame the Republicans for wanting to protect America | Letter

I shudder when I read about the fear tactics that blame mass… Continue reading

Open letter to Rodne: Correct your voting mistake on public records act | Letter

To Rep. Jay Rodne: I am thoroughly disgusted by your actions on… Continue reading

Tell legislators to eliminate roadblocks to gun law reform | Letter

Another mass school shooting breaks our hearts. Yet Congress refuses to legislate… Continue reading

American Lung Association applauds Larson’s opposition to repeal of Clean Power Plan | Letter

The American Lung Association applauds Snoqualmie Mayor Matthew R. Larson for standing… Continue reading