Shelby Dietz Enters Fight Against Breast Cancer

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On March 6, 2010, my mother lost her 12 year battle with breast cancer and my family and I were left with feelings of confusion, bitterness and immense loss.In the final months of her life, my mother often reassured us that she had made peace with the fact that her journey had come to an end. She repeatedly expressed her desire for us to find our own peace of mind in order to continue to live life to its fullest.

Participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., was my first attempt at moving forward from the negativity that surrounded the experience with my mother’s disease. My hope was that participating in this event would in some way make my family and I feel as though her fight had not ended, because we could now fight for her.

Because my mother devoted a career to public health care at a county hospital in Dallas, we believed she would support the efforts of the Avon Foundation. The foundation provides each woman and man with breast cancer the care and treatment they need, regardless of their ability to pay, and funding toward ultimately finding a cure for breast cancer.

On May 1 and 2, my husband and I walked 39 miles across Washington D.C., and Maryland in recognition of the incredible generosity of our donors and to continue to raise awareness for the cause.

The weekend was both physically and emotionally exhausting, but we were left with a sense of community. The stories we heard and the friends we met dulled the pain from the blisters and sore muscles. In the end, as we crossed the finish line, we felt that while my mother’s battle had ended, our fight in honor of her memory had just begun.

Because of the generosity of our donors such as ACE Adventure Resort, we were able to contribute to raising more than $6.5 million for continued research in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The outpouring of support from our friends and family was greatly appreciated and the contribution from ACE offered an opportunity to have fun with our fundraising. Without it, we couldn’t have shared the experience with the people we did.

We can’t thank the staff at ACE enough for their efforts, and hope this is only the beginning of a long partnership in the fight against breast cancer.

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