Going the Distance to End Breast Cancer
by Joseph Schany
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and for Amy Mueller of Emmetsburg, that thousand mile journey is part of the fight to end breast cancer. From Friday to Sunday, Mueller will participate in Pledge the Pink, a 30 mile walk over three days to help raise awareness and funding to continue the fight to end breast cancer.
Mueller’s journey began 15 years ago after one of her best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 30 years old.
“She called me up and told me about the diagnosis,” said Mueller. “It was a shock – she had no family history. She said she wanted to do something for breast cancer awareness after she started her treatment.”
So the following year, Mueller and her friend joined in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60 mile walk over three consecutive days.
After participating in the intense event, Mueller was inspired to action.
“I was so moved by all of the stories out on the walk, both good ones and sad ones,” said Mueller. “I thought, ‘I need to do more,’ so I signed up to walk in another Susan G. Komen 3-Day in a different city for the next nine years.”
Mueller took part in the event for 10 years. Each year, she would raise $2,300 to complete the fundraising component required to participate.
“It was a way for me to see different places I might not see otherwise, as well as bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money for a good cause. It’s not only raising money for research on treatments and testing for detection, but also helping raise money for those who don’t have access to mammograms or other important things.”
Along with raising funds, Mueller also spent time training for the long walks ahead.
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