This post was sponsored by the American Cancer Society.The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American Cancer Society.
These last few months, the concept of women supporting women has really struck a chord with me. I believe it’s because this past year, I’ve been blessed to have a great group of girlfriends who truly want to see each other succeed. It’s amazing having that level of support and I think it’s one of the many reasons why my business has grown a lot this past year. When you have a group of women constantly pushing you to value yourself, your body, your time and your work- it’s life-changing. So when I was offered the opportunity to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Atlanta, I knew I had to take it. What better way to pay it forward?
I knew it would be a cool experience, but I was not prepared for all of the emotions that came when my friend Glynn and I arrived. As someone who’s been deeply affected by cancer (my sister had brain cancer when we were kids and one of my cousin is a breast cancer survivor), the hopeful, positive energy of the walk hit me like a ton of bricks right after I checked in. Seeing so many people come out to support their friends and loved ones who are currently battling cancer or have battled it in the past was amazing. Before the walk started the event host asked everyone in the crowd who was a breast cancer survivor to come to the front or raise their hand. As soon as they did, everyone started clapping, yelling and screaming in applause for these strong individuals.
Initially I thought the walk was going to be a race, but was presently surprised when everyone walked together. It felt good being apart of a community of people all working together for a good cause. Making Strides believes that no one should walk or fight breast cancer alone. I can honestly tell you I believe that no one felt alone that day. There was a sense of love and light there, that I’ve never felt at any other event. Although it was only my first Making Strides Walk, I’ll definitely be participating again next year! With 1 in every 8 women developing breast cancer, we each need to do our part. Sign up for a Making Strides Walk in your area or donate here.