Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Race for the Cure

This past weekend, the Walsh family made a strong showing in support of breast cancer awareness and research -- participating in two Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in Scranton, Pa. and New York City. On Saturday, over 20 family members in Scranton ran and walked the 5k course as part of a team organized by our niece, Sarah. I joined my brother, Chris, and his family and my brother, Will -- along with over 25,000 other supporters -- in a race through Central Park on a beautiful Sunday morning.

These were great events that brought my family together to support an important cause and to honor Karen -- and thousands of others -- fighting breast cancer. A huge thank you to Chris who raised a very impressive $5000 and to Sarah who recruited family members and friends in Scranton.

For me, the event marked my first race. Not my very first charity race...my first race ever (unless you count when I ran track in middle school). I can't think of a better way or place to have made my entrance. The scene in NYC was overwhelming as a sea of runners and walkers of every age, gender and race came together to show their support. Given our family's personal experience these past several months, it was impossible not to be moved by the commitment, concern, hope and encouragement of so many wonderful people. They ran or walked in memory or celebration of their own friends and family, but I also realized that those 25,000+ people were running for our family...for Karen. It's powerful when you stop to realize that these people run for someone you love.


  1. Brian - I am just finding out the news about Karen today. So Karen, if you are reading this, I am pulling for you. You are without a doubt one of the strongest women I have ever met. If anyone can kick cancer's butt, it is clearly you. Be well.


  2. Brian,

    I have just been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma and I also have Ehlers-Danlos. At this point my choices are lumpectomy with radiation or a mastectomy. What was the outcome regarding the use of radiation on Ehlers-Danlos patients?



    I will keep you and your wife in my prayers.

  3. Hello Brian and KAren,
    My name is also Brian and my wife is Laurie and we have been in the fight since April 1st, 2008. My wife had a double mastectemy on May 22nd last year with three months of chemo and then reconstruction in November. She is doing great and the blood work is coming back A OK every six months, thank the Lord!!!
    I also live in Mechanicsburg and my wife and I started a non profit to help woman who are in the fight with financial support, mental support, clothes, food and new toys for the kids. It is called Pink Hands of Hope and you can look it up at www.pinkhandsofhope.org. I would love to talk with you and Karen and share our stories and help support each other as we continue our journey against this UGLY disease. You can call me on my cell at 395-7712.
    Thanks and God bless

  4. Nice pics. They are good memories.
    Nice sharing. Keep posting.

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