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Round two: Local woman prepares for 60-mile walk, again

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cindy Cliche and Kelli Dodson are seen taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Atlanta last year. The pair will take up the cause again later in October and are raising funds for their participation.
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When people take a stroll for cancer awareness, it's usually for a 5K run - a manageable distance for most restricted to a few hours out of a single day.

But next month, Bedford County teacher Kelli Dodson and Murfreesboro resident Cindy Cliche will be taking a much longer journey over a period of three days.

The pair will be participating in the 60-mile walk during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, which takes place in Atlanta this year from Oct. 21 -23.

Kelli said her friend Cindy began participation three years ago, after her mother passed away from breast cancer. Kelli joined her for the event last year, saying that she wanted to do something noteworthy for her 40th birthday.

Donations sought

Kelli and Cindy are returning to pound the pavement again this year and are more than half way through collecting the required minimum of $2,300 to enter the event, which is only held in 12 cities over the year. About 2,000 to 3,000 will be participating in this year's walk.

They've been raising the money through Facebook, sending out letters to family, as well as e-mail, plus some fund raising at The Webb School, where Kelli and Cindy's kids go to school.

Net proceeds from the event fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment, the organization says, with virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 28 years has been impacted by a Komen for the Cure grant.

Worldwide effort

The organization began after Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1982, and is now the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

Because of events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the group has invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill that promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

A way to give

Kelli said that she really does not have a personal connection to breast cancer, aside from a great grandmother who died of it long before she was born, but is participating so that she can "give back in someway."

She said that while the walk is fun, it is also tiring "and quite grueling," with participants limiting themselves to 20 miles per day. There are "pit stops" every two or three miles, and spectators also come out and join the fun, urging the walkers on to their next destination.

"It's like a parade half the time," Kelli said.

To donate to the cause on behalf of the two, you can go online at www.the3day.org/goto/kellidodson, or by sending a check made payable to Susan G. Komen to PO Box 1411, Shelbyville, TN 37162.

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