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Posted November 8, 2006 by Nick Lindauer in Collectibles
 
 

Save the Breasts Update


Save the Breasts

Hey y’all, generallee is back and Wow! What an adventure.

It sure is funny how something in life you try could have so much impact. The breast cancer 3-day was my wake up to reality call. I went in thinking it was just going to be a walk and I ended up wondering what other things I can help with throughout the rest of my life.

Not knowing much about the numbers of breast cancer when I signed up for the walk, I did not think it would be such a big deal. I showed up at 530 in the morning Friday with an empty bottle of water and a nicely broken in set of running shoes. Never did I know that testimonials and speeches that I was about to hear were going to make this grown man cry like a baby. 720 in the morning, the gates fly open and 2200 total individuals from all parts of the country flock for a quest, a journey into uncertainty and the unknown. Little did they know that with each of their efforts and fundraising that they accumulated a grand total of 5.2 million dollars to help find a cure for breast cancer. Mile after mile after mile we trekked through subdivision, industrial parks and city streets. Our legs began to ache, blisters the size of a 5 oz. hot sauce bottle formed and what stopped us, nothing. Nothing because it was just a blister. It was nothing compared to acquiring cancer, going through radiation and chemo, and lying in a hospital bed for hours and hours. Or having the pain in your heart knowing a loved one has passed due to this disease. It hit me harder than a 10,000,000 Scoville hot sauce. Reality, smack in the face. Fair at times, not fair the others.

My team consisted of 47ish women and me. And what a great team. Young and old tall and small. 5 breast cancer survivors. Some with no breasts. Did that bother them? No. They were walking for all the others out there that are suffering that cant walk themselves. I will cherish all the memories every lady gave me whether a joke about being a chilehead or being a redneck from GA, or just being the only guy out there. During a speech late Saturday night, it was brought to me attention that only 7.8% of the people that walked were men. Better than 2.3 % from the year before but mathematically, it is progress. I will most likely be signing up for it again. It was that great of an experience.
The final day was awesome. So powerful and so moving and so inspirational. We all congregated in a park in downtown phoenix and after the last walker arrived, we joined hands together, with motivational music in the background and the flag was raised signifying the conclusion of the walk. Family members and walkers and crew members and supporters hugged and embraced. Tears ran down our faces like when you get the sensation of trying the source for the first time. Almost complete happiness. A sense of accomplishment and joy. All the 400 miles I trained and the 60 miles I walked in 3 days had paid off.

I guess some of the main things that I got out of this journey were to believe in oneself and others. Believe in hope and the future for a finding a cure for this disease and others that destroy families and loved ones. I made friends that I will be friends with forever. I have memories I will have forever. And I now have dreams for finding a cure for breasts cancer that if we all join together, we can make that a reality.

Thank you all that supported me via the blog, and to all the individuals that donated bottles for the auctions now on eBay. From the bottom of my heart, thanks.

Confederate salute out, generallee.

Help Troy Raise Funds to Save Breasts!

Save the Breasts Auctions:
(There will be a total of 6 auctions)
Completed – Auction #1 – To start 7pm Pacific 10/14 and will contain 5 signed bottles from the following contributors:
Fat Kid Sauces – Signed & Numbered #6
Loco Luna – Signed & Numbered #6
Blair – Signed
The HSB – Signed
Arizona Jack – Signed
** eBay Auction Here **

Completed – Auction #2 – Contains 9 signed bottles from the following contributors:
Fat Kid Sauces – Signed & Numbered #3
Loco Luna – Signed & Numbered #3
Blair – Signed
The HSB – Signed
Arizona Jack – Signed
Muso – Signed & Numbered #3 Hotternell Chocolate Mint Red Savina Sauce
Jim Campbell – UnBEARable Hot Sauce
CaJohn – Signed (by CaJohn & Jim Campbell) Light You Up (light bulb shaped) Hot Sauce
EZ Earl – Signed EZ Earl’s Blazin’ Hot Stuff
** eBay Auction Here **

Completed – Auction #3 – Contains 9 signed bottles from the following contributors:
Fat Kid Sauces – Signed & Numbered #4
Loco Luna – Signed & Numbered #4
Blair – Signed
The HSB – Signed
Arizona Jack – Signed
Muso – Signed & Numbered #4 Hotternell Chocolate Mint Red Savina Sauce
Jim Campbell – UnBEARable Hot Sauce
CaJohn – Signed (by CaJohn & Jim Campbell) Light You Up (light bulb shaped) Hot Sauce
EZ Earl – Signed EZ Earl’s Blazin’ Hot Stuff
** eBay Auction Here **

Auction #4 – Contains 9 signed bottles from the following contributors:
Fat Kid Sauces – Signed & Numbered #5
Loco Luna – Signed & Numbered #5
Blair – Signed
The HSB – Signed
Arizona Jack – Signed
Muso – Signed & Numbered #5 Hotternell Chocolate Mint Red Savina Sauce
Jim Campbell – UnBEARable Hot Sauce
CaJohn – Signed (by CaJohn & Jim Campbell) Light You Up (light bulb shaped) Hot Sauce
EZ Earl – Signed EZ Earl’s Blazin’ Hot Stuff
** eBay Auction Here **


Nick Lindauer

 
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