San Francisco, here we come!! And a Giveaway!

I realize this is a food blog, but I wanted to take a minute to let you know about a major commitment I made this past week. I signed up to walk 39.3 miles in two days for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. A friend of mine agreed to do it with me while our Hubbies volunteer as part of the crew. You might remember that Hubby and I were on the crew here in Boston last year. It was an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to seeing the walk from a different perspective.

Due to scheduling, the only walk all of us could do is located in San Francisco! We’ll be walking across the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the walk! Hubby and I very excited because we’ve never been to California and we have talked about vacationing in San Fran. So after the walk, we’ll be staying for a week worth of vacation.

Note, this is obviously not my pic. I pulled it from the Flickr site which is linked from the Avon site. Check out the other 2009 SF Avon Walk pics on Flickr

The reason this is such a big commitment for me is because I am pretty out of shape and ~40 miles really intimidates me. I will be training for the next 6 months to prepare my body for the two days of walking. I’ve got a training calendar in case you’d like to see what I’m up to. It’s posted on the left hand side of my blog towards the bottom. You will also notice a link to my fundraising page. I have set a personal goal of $2500.

As many of you know, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Because of that, I am at a much higher risk than other woman of getting breast cancer. Since cancer of all sorts was already common in my family even before my mom got breast cancer, I’ve decided to focus my charity giving and efforts to breast cancer. I saw what my mom and several other family members, and I hope that I never have to go through that myself.

I’m offering a giveaway to kick off my fundraising efforts. If you donate $5 or more to my walk by the end of January (midnight EST Jan 31, 2010), you will be entered into a drawing to win this cute tote from the Avon Foundation. I saw the tote and wanted to order one for myself so I figure while I’m at it, I’ll order two. And since the net profits from the tote order go to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, you can feel even better about donating!

I will be posting weekly updates on this blog mostly to keep myself on track with the training and fundraising. So keep an eye out for those! Oh and if anyone has San Francisco travel tips or recommendations, please let me know!

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9 Responses to “Avon Walk DC 2013 Recap”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    What a great cause, and congratulations for completing the DC walk!

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      Thanks! It’s definitely been a fun journey so far – I can’t wait for Charlotte in October.

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    Christina — May 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    If you ever come to Colorado for the Avon walk….let me know. I love reading your blog…and I would love to cook for you. I have tried soooo many of your wonderful ideas. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      Aww, that’s so sweet. They actually stopped doing the Rocky Mountain walk this year! I guess too many people were in the medical tent because of the altitude. I’m bummed because that’s one that I was the most looking forward to…

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    Shannon — May 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    so amazing jen!! hope your blisters are on their way to healing and you’ve had some rest, you deserve it 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

      Thanks 🙂 My blisters are all healed. The medical staff on the walks does an amazing job. Stairs are still somewhat painful for me, but it’s not too bad. I work on the 4th floor and today was the first day I climbed up instead of taking the elevator. I’m almost back to 100% though.

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    lostAnnfound — May 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Well done, Jen! One more week and we (me, Sherri, Trudi, AnnMarie & Diana) will be heading into Boston for the AWBC! We’ll be at Quick Stop A again this year. It looks like our crew will be walking in D.C. next year. It’s a great weekend!!


    • beantownbaker — May 10th, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

      Oh fun! Tell everyone we said hi!! And good luck in DC next year. I had a blast last weekend in DC. I’m hoping to get back to Boston sometime for another walk too.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Wonderful cause 🙂 Love these photos!

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