Regents Bank’s Amanda Da Rosa Actively Involved In The Fight to Cure Cancer
Contributed by Amanda Da Rosa, Regents Bank
In 1982, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® organization was created in efforts to end breast cancer forever. Since then, it has become a truly global movement, with more than $1.9 billion invested to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to breast cancer research and community programs. This past year was my first time participating in the 60-mile Walk for the Cure, or any event of its nature. It was a truly remarkable experience, between organizing our three fundraisers, training, and of course, the actual Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for The Cure.
I initially joined Team Dorie, not only to support my teammate Nelia, who started Team Dorie by herself, but to honor victims of ALL types of cancer. Cancer, unfortunately has had a great presence in the lives of my family and friends, and regardless of whether it was breast cancer, I walked for them – particularly my Uncle Luis who lost his battle to esophageal and liver cancer last June. My conviction in participating was genuine, no doubt, but I had no idea how overwhelmingly moving the 3-day experience would be. The support and encouragement that came from the people cheering us on from the sidewalk was hard to grasp at first – that a complete stranger would open their arms to me with such gratitude and selflessness. I was truly moved and humbled. In moments of pain or fatigue, it was these strangers that kept me going, almost as if this kind of unity and reason behind what I was doing only pushed me harder.
I had a particularly hard time on Day 2, and my teammate Nelia encouraged me to take a sweep van back to camp to rest. I was determined to complete all 60 miles, and I couldn’t help but think of my uncle, who couldn’t take a sweep van when he felt sick – he fought hard till the every end – so forward march…. Ironically, not 10 miles down the route through Ocean Beach, did we not end up passing right by my uncle’s house? Yep! I still, just writing this, get goose bumps and emotional just thinking about it. I am so happy I completed all 60 miles, and I am confident my smarty-pants uncle was with me too.
With a forecasted storm for that entire weekend, Nelia and I celebrated the completion of our 60 miles on Sunday night, as it poured rain for the first time all weekend. I shot an ironic glare toward the sky so as to say, “Very funny.” Overall, it goes without saying I was proud to walk in representation of ALL cancer victims, fighters, and survivors. Walking in memory of Dorie, my Uncle Luis and all other effected friends and family is worth all of the blisters and shin splints in the world. I hope that my efforts and well as those of the other participants can motivate others to participate and contribute. Cancer has affected us all in one way or another, and it’s time to put an end to it and fight for a cure.
For more information or to donate to end breast cancer visit the Susan G. Komen website.
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