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Pardon if I take this moment of pride...

This was published in the 'Oakland Tribune': Tuesday, September 12, 2000
"Enthusiastic 3-day journey on July 28, some 3,000 compassionate walkers and 500 volunteer crew members of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day San Francisco set off from Faria Elementary School in Cupertino on a three-day, 60-mile journey that would change their lives and save the lives of others.

These courageous women and men, including 158 breast cancer survivors, raised an unprecedented $6.2 million in net proceeds for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. This extraordinary success was due in no small part to the generosity of the city and citizens of Oakland and the surrounding area.

The Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day would especially like to thank the citizens of the Bay Area who supported the walkers with financial pledges, uplifting signs, free lemonade and enthusiastic cheers and applause along the route and at closing ceremonies in San Francisco.

But most of all, we wish to thank the walkers who stayed the course despite hills, heat, fog and blisters, and the dedicated volunteer crew who made the event possible. They are your family members, friends and neighbors, and they are heroes.

The San Jose to San Francisco Avon 3-Day was the fourth of seven Avon 3-Day events this year. Thanks to tens of thousands of mobilized citizens, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has generated $80 million in net proceeds since it was launched in 1993.

In addition to the dramatic Avon 3-Days, the Crusade raises funds with unique pink ribbon products sold by Avon independent Sales Representatives. These dedicated Avon representatives, thousands of whom live in the Oakland area, are grass-roots breast cancer crusaders who have raised nearly $40 million since 1993 through pink ribbon product sales, for which they forgo commissions, and distributed 100 million informational brochures that direct women to vital breast cancer services. Many, too, participate in the Avon 3-Day events.

The funds raised in the Bay Area and across the United States support four areas crucial to the breast cancer cause: medical research into the possible causes, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer; financial assistance for diagnostic and support services; educational seminars; and community-based early detection programs.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer continues to be the leading cause of death for women aged 40 to 55, and all women are at risk. The best chance for successful treatment still lies with early detection, and the ACS recommends women follow these steps: annual mammograms beginning at age 40; annual breast exams by a medical professional beginning at age 20; and monthly breast self-exams beginning at age 20.

You can still support the 2000 Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day San Francisco, or register for next year. For more information or to pledge your support, please call (415) 593-0488 or visit www.avoncrusade.com.

And if you see your neighbors in an Avon 3-Day shirt, tell them thank you. They deserve it.
Patricia Sterling is the senior manager of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade."

Anyway, that was the major thing that I did during this summer, except volunteering also at the San Francisco X Games.

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