Racing For The Cure

The days have been glorious here recently. Flowers have been luring travelers with color, scent and nectar. The Fairegarden clan traveled for a worthy cause.The Sun Sphere in Knoxville, leftover from the World’s Faire that was held here years ago,  was the site of the Susan G. Komen race for the cure, a fund raiser for breast cancer research. Thousands of men, women and children participate in this yearly event which features runners and walkers sponsored by companies and individuals with the funds used to help find a cure for this dreaded disease. Awareness has been raised along with the wealth needed to keep the research going.One of our clan, sister of The Financier, Aunt Lynn is a survivor of seven years from breast cancer. In addition to her name being honored, the name of fellow garden blogger from the UK,  Zoe of Garden Hopping  was added as an honoree. She was recently diagnosed, surgeried upon and radiated for this same scourge. Read about Zoe’s journey here. We thought of her and all others who have been touched by this as we walked with thousands of people bearing the names of friends and loved ones on their backs, both living and gone. Pink is the color of the day.There was entertainment along the three mile trek to help us get up and down the steep streets of downtown. This fellow was playing a short trumpet type instrument very well, a bluesy jazzy number. It was excellent.Cheerleaders and mascots from many of the local high schools were there in addition to  well wishers, singers, baton twirlers, dance groups and sports teams, all yelling and waving to spur us on.As we neared the finish line, volunteers were steering the survivors, wearing the light pink shirts, to keep to the right to go through a special arch to be congratulated, hugged and given a pink carnation, each and every one. Our Aunt Lynn made her way through as we watched with pride and love while we walked under the big balloon hoop.Regular readers will know that we don’t like to put our face out there in the blogdom, but this is a special case. Aunt Lynn, the Fairegardener and offspring Semi’s offspring, LTB proudly posed for the camera this time.  Remember this, the greatest risk factor for having breast cancer is being female and growing older.

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18 Responses to Racing For The Cure

  1. Zoe says:

    Dearest Frances,

    that brought tears to my eyes, thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much a simple generous act like that means to me, thousands of miles away. I am honoured to have been included.

    Your are all very beautiful people,


    My dear Zoe, the honor was mine and thank you. It is hard not to tear up when we are among so many many people who have been touched by this disease. The atmosphere is one of upbeat optimism with music and laughter. The sheer number of people, Knoxville is but one of many of these events across the country, that are willing to get up early and participate makes us proud. Our own family came from various regions and were excited to be a part of a larger whole. Even the nine and ten year old grandsons wear their shirts, badges and pink bandanas proudly. May a cure be found.

  2. Well done everyone.

    Hi Crafty, thanks. We are proud to participate for so worthy a cause.

  3. Yea for all who walked and participated. I have a beautiful friend right now (a young mother) who has this terrible disease for the second time. She is very sick, but instead of focusing on the negative, we’re going out to lunch on Wed. It’s good to have normal days too. Thank you, Frances.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, yea for you helping your friend try and have some normal life. We wish her well. It is hard to see the young ones stricken. It is hard to see so many, we all know someone or several someones who have suffered, it is everywhere.

  4. Racquel says:

    What a nice way to get the message out there. My Grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. I was married with 2 small children when she was diagnosed. It made me aware of how precious life really is. Thanks for sharing this special day with us.

    Hi Racquel, thanks. It is good to hear that your grandmother is a survivor for the rate of survival was lower back then. We all know someone who has been touched by this, it is frightening how rampant it is.

  5. Gail says:

    Thank you Frances and your family for walking to honor all the dear friends, family and neighbors who couldn’t be there. It is a scourge…

    Changing focus here, LBJ is a adorable! It’s good to see your smiling face! Have a peaceful day in the garden, Gail

    Good Morning Gail, thanks. You crack me up, LBJ??? LTB is quite the looker we all agree. ;->


  6. tina says:

    A very nice way to honor all who have suffered from this disease and no better city than Knoxville with that great sun sphere. Nice pictures of you guys and congrats to Aunt Lynn for surviving. Best wishes to Zoe.

    Hi Tina, thanks. World’s Faire park is home to many events, centrally located, lots of parking and easy accessability make it a top spot. They have some great plant sales there too!

  7. Marnie says:

    Thank you Frances for reminding all of us. This is a terrible disease that will strike us or someone close to us. We all need to be aware and do what we can.

    Hi Marnie, thanks. The prevalence is scary. Everyone get your mammograms!

  8. joey says:

    Delightful seeing your heartwarming smile and post, dear Frances. 2 best friends and my sister-in-law are both 7 year survivors. I know of no family that is not touched by a loved one with breast cancer.

    Hi Joey, thanks. Best wishes to your friends and SIL. We are all in this together.

  9. Gail says:

    Frances, I have got to be a better editor! LBJ indeed was not adorable except to Lady Bird!! …your little L is adorable. Gail

    Hi Gail, I was just teasing you, it was too good to pass up. Now we all agree that LBJ was adorable to the beloved Lady Bird. ;-> LTB is pretty darn cute too.

  10. I should know you would be there spreading pink sunshine for a worthy cause.

    Hi Donna, how sweet of you, thanks so much. There was a sea of pink that day.

  11. Frances — you’re doing great things by raising the awareness of this disease. Congratulations to your wonderful aunt. I hope all women will get their yearly exams. Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks, it is a good cause. But in case Lynn is reading this, she is my sister in law, we call her aunt because of our four kids, great aunt Lynn to the grandkids, all three of them. She is one year younger than I am. And thanks for bringing up the mammograms.

  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Well done Frances and team. It is good to see you all especially for such a good cause.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. Glad you enjoyed seeing us. ;->

  13. skeeter says:

    Great of you to partake and post on this topic! Our community is a big Medical town so Awareness is all around us the month of Oct which happens to be my month for check-up. The Oct 1 Augusta Chronicle newspaper was printed totally in pink with black lettering! A great reminder for me to get my appointment. Got the appt and already have the results of nothing spotted! My good friend in NM is currently fighting this horrible disease and hopefully, she too will be a survivor… My niece the nurse and her mom the nurse both ran in the Nashville race…

    Hi Skeeter, thanks. Way to keep those appointments too. I need to make mine for this year and will soon. That is so cool about the paper being pink. There are pink versions of everything at the grocery too. There was a race in Chattanooga the weekend before. I figured they had that sort of thing all over, but maybe not. The Knoxville race is a huge deal with so many people coming in from all over. I believe this was the seventh year for it. I hope you friend wins her battle.

  14. Kim says:

    My grandmother survived, but my friend Suzy did not. Thank you for championing this cause and raising awareness. And I must say that LTB looks like someone else in the photo. 🙂

    Hi Kim, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Suzy. And happy for your grandmother’s survival. This disease doesn’t follow any rules. LTB has a lot of the fairegarden traits, looks and otherwise, poor child. ;->

  15. kate says:

    Good for you for participating in the Race. It is truly a scourge … the women in my mum’s family have all been hit hard. My mum is a survivor of seven years.

    Hi Kate, I am thrilled to see you here at the new site, welcome. I am so very sorry to hear of your mum’s family having to deal with this awful disease. Congrats to your mum and stay well yourself.

  16. Frances,
    I admire your commitment to other people. Your pain is their gain. Such a valuable event to support. My best to Zoe- it looks like you are in the company of angels!

    Hi Shirley, thanks, it was a tiny effort for a great cause. I truly am lucky to be in a clan of all angels, except me of course. ;->

  17. vegplotting says:

    It’s Think Pink month (Breastcancer awareness – one of our national cancer charity’s events) this month, so your walk is most timely. And it’s lovely to get a good look at you at last, though I share your reticence at being out there out front in the Blogosphere 🙂

    On Thursday the registration starts for next year’s Moonwalk in London (another breastcancer fundraiser – marathon distance, at night, wearing bras) – I and several of my ex-colleagues will be entering, so keep your fingers crossed that our applications are successful!

    Hi VP, the month of October is breast cancer awareness month here also, nationwide. The Moonwalk sounds terrific. The bras should be coated with glow in the dark, what a photo that would be! Thanks for your support and friendship.

  18. semi says:

    I am so happy and proud of our family participation in the Race. All of the people affected by this disease always amazes me. Hopefully a cure will be found soon! Love semi

    Hello my dear Semi, me too, especially how MA and GA were proud to be there. Everyone has been touched by this disease in some way. I echo your hope for a cure soon.
    Love, Frances

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