This post is sponsored by Valpak. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Eleven years ago, in the fall of 2007, my mom and I walked our local Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk. The walk was in scenic Clearwater and we walked 60 miles throughout Clearwater and down to St Pete. We had the time of our lives. Over three days, we were able to meet so many countless warriors who had overcome breast cancer and we also meant countless warriors who were in the fight of their lives as they battled cancer.
When we originally decided to do the 3 Day Walk, we weren’t personally affected by breast cancer. While we had lost loved ones to various types of horrific cancers, breast cancer wasn’t one of them. However, we knew of so many women – both young and old – who were either in the midst of fighting their breast cancer or who were in the lucky stages of remission. We decided we wanted to support all of the women we knew personally as well as all of the women we didn’t know (including ourselves and future generations – at any given moment we could find out we have breast cancer) by training for the 3 Day Walk, raising funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation and being an advocate for getting annual mammograms, having monthly self-breast exams and taking care of our bodies.
The 3 Day Walk was an absolute blast. Besides dealing with sweaty Florida weather, countless blisters on our feet and toes and this weird road rash that appeared on ours (and many other walkers) calves, we felt such camaraderie with all of the other participants, all the energetic and encouraging volunteers and all of the local residents who were outside cheering us on as we walked. My mom was so moved by the experience that she raised funds and participated in the 3 Day Walk again the next year! This year I was planning on walking the 3 Day Walk in Dallas until my iron levels dipped too low again (I am anemic). I decided that in order to really be physically and mentally there for my young children, my best plan of action would be to support the Susan G Komen foundation from home this year. If you would like to donate to the Susan G Komen Foundation, please go HERE.
There are countless Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walks and 5k Walks located across the country. To find a local event near you, head HERE. At checkout, paste promo code DealPro to save $5 you’re your registration!
Valpak has joined in the vision of Susan G. Komen and is spreading awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In 2018 Valpak will donate at least $50,000 to Komen and will encourage donations from local and corporate partners. Also, in October, Valpak will spread Breast Cancer Awarenes by turning its Blue Envelope pink! Valpak’s pink envelope will highlight celebrity chef Sandra Lee, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s health, as a “More Than Pink® Hero.” The pink envelope will introduce a related sweepstakes, inviting consumers to nominate a hero who has taken action in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Valpak will share the submitted stories and ultimately 25 lucky winners will each receive a set of pink KitchenAid appliances in support of Cook for the Cure®. The set includes a stand mixer, blender, 2-speed hand blender and a 5-speed hand mixer with a total retail value of over $800. The nationwide October Valpak envelope will also feature a special surprise for 500 lucky recipients, who will instantly win an immersion blender courtesy of KitchenAid by looking through their pink Valpak envelopes and finding a die-cut certificate shaped like an immersion blender! So make sure you go through your Valpak envelope closely!