Mrs. Harper, cancer survivor, walks 60 miles

Komen Walk raises funds and breast cancer awareness

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Anayah Butler, Staff Reporter

Mrs Harper, 8th grade art teacher and breast cancer survivor, bravely walked 60 miles for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Dallas on October 28.

Breast cancer has affected many women. According to the Susan G. Komen website, one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Thankfully, Mrs Harper is doing well. She did an excellent job walking for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk and had a great experience and hopes to do it again next year.

Last year Mrs. Harper received treatments for Stage 1 Breast Cancer; the cancer was removed by surgery followed by radiation.

Walking 60 miles in three days is no easy task. To prepare for the walk, Mrs Harper completed training walks up to 10 or 11 miles at a time.

But Mrs Harper still feared that she might not be able to complete the 60 miles. She didn’t let that stop her. “All the walking and exercise helped me handle it physically,” said Harper.

Mrs Harper walked 20 miles each day for 3 days for a grand total of 60 miles! There were over 600 walkers. 

Mrs Harper’s team, which consisted of other survivors and their supporters, was called Team STEP, which stands for Screening Treatment Education Program. Mrs. Harper’s husband Dobie Coach Harper and Mrs. Harper’s brothers were at the race to provide support.

The Susan G Komen Foundation raised more than $1.7 million this year and Mrs. Harper’s Team STEP raised more than $100,000. Mrs. Harper raised more than $2,300.

Mrs Harper faced many challenges during the walk, but she still pulled through. “I had trouble with the distance. The weather was hot,  so I had to make sure I was stretching and drinking enough water,” said Harper.

After the walk, Mrs Harper said she felt accomplished. “I was proud that I raised the money and that I was going to help others. I’m also proud that I completed the 60 miles,” said Harper. The team captain took Mrs Harper’s team, friends, and family out to dinner to end the special day.

Since its inception in 2003, Susan G. Komen 3Day Walk has raised more than $800 million, according to the Susan G. Komen 3Day walk website.