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2012 Boston 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Posted in Uncategorized by BJ Hill on July 27, 2012

In 2002, my friends and invited me to join them on the Avon 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston. I didn’t have time to fundraise, but learned that because at the time I was studying for my Massachusetts EMT license, I could shadow the medics in the medical crew. That May we got a freak snowstorm no one was prepared for. Besides blisters and dehydration, we treated so many walkers with hypothermia there wasn’t enough trained medical professionals to help. This observer got a quick promotion to the frontlines of mass care and I was hooked.
After I returned from Japan in ’04, I came back to help in ’05 , ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10 (in Philadelphia), ’11; and in ’12. Over time, the nurses, doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers and EMT’s have become a little family, emailing during the year and looking forward to our “reunion” every summer. Walking is something I have a little experience with, and I’m always inspired by the selfless people I meet and their stories of friends and family members couragously battling this horrible disease. From unexpected snowstorms to fierce winds, from pouring rain to searing heat, here’s to the volunteer crew, the dedicated walkers, and all those fighting the goodfight against cancer – here’s me with nurses Jean, Nicole, Ada and Chantelle.
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