Austin Purple Stride took place on Saturday, September 14th. My host and fellow-walker in Austin was Joanne, a college friend of Judy’s, Thanks Jo! I first met Brenda, who was waiting for her sisters to arrive so they could walk in memory of their Mom, Maria, who had passed away in November of 2012. She was also in the process of planning the one year tribute to her Mom, where they would be releasing sky lanterns. Next I met a 3-year survivor Jean, who was busy organizing her team. There was quite a crowd there to support and walk with Jean, all decked out in their purple garb!
I then had the sincere pleasure to meet the sponsorship chair of the Austin Affiliate, Jamie. Jamie volunteers to honor the memory of her Aunt Mary. Jamie’s energy was infectious as she explained to me all she and her fellow volunteers did to prepare or this special day. Ironically, Jamie had moved to Austin just a few months ago from Charlotte where she also was a volunteer for that affiliate. I was happy to let Jamie know I walked in Charlotte the week before, and that they had doubled their attendance in this just their second year running Purple Stride. She was so excited to hear her former group of volunteers did so well this year. Nice work Jamie! One of the most inspiring moments was when Ken, a survivor, gave a pre-walk speech where he encouraged everyone to “push it” when the going get’s tough. If those fighting and surviving cancer can “push it”, so can the rest of us!