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What walks have you participated in, and what inspired you?

Posted by Kristen D.

I've participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life for serveral years, as several members of my family have battled cancer. Now, I've been taking part in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk, as someone very dear to me has survived one type of Lymphoma.
These are great events to encourage others to donate money to great causes-they'll know that someone is walking, or running, or riding, etc., in honor of them and their generosity, and in honor and in memory of those who have fought terrible diseases like cancer.
What events have you participated in? How did you find out about them? What did they involve?
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I recently participated in a March of Dimes walk at Crissy Field in San Francisco because my friend has been raising money and awareness for them for years. I have also done a few walk/runs with small organizations supporting women. Charity walks are a great way to give and to receive.

Next year I will be participating in 1 Million Losers Walkathon in
August 2010 in Washington DC.  They are raising funds for obese
and diabetic patients who find it difficult to loose weight and get the
medical treatment they deserve and cannot afford.  Most people
are unaware of just how severe obesity is.  You can loose your life,
because obesity leads to so many things like diabeties, cancer,heart
attack, stroke, kidney or liver failure and too many to list.   I have lost
my favorite aunt over obesity and I want to help in any way I can. 
Education plays such a big part in getting everyone together and on the
same page. One good thing I like that they will have is a partner who will 
exercise with them 2-3 x's a week, and also screen them for High Cholesterol,
Blood Sugar, Bone Density, Blood Pressure exams and more.  Americans
are becoming more obese by the hour and we are not being conscious of
what we take in. Some of us know, but just cannot stay away and because
sugar, fats and salts are so addictive you will need help to get rid of it.
Getting fat didn't happen over night and neither will you get rid of it over night.

If you would like to be a part of our walkathon, become a partner for someone
who needs you or become a vendor , keep in mind that we accept applications
for health, so fatty foods and sodas are not welcome.
We need to get alot of people involved. We need 1 Million Losers.

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