Who said a Cancer Thriver cannot be fit? Sherri Lynn proves this myth wrong as she completes the Avon Walk in 9 cities and raises $90,000.
What is the Avon Walk
Avon Foundation conducts a walk to end breast cancer across the US. The aim is to enable more breast cancer research, more screenings and more survivors. The event series emphasizes action and inspiration.
The two-day event celebrates the strength and philanthropic commitment of participants who raise a minimum of $1,800 to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.
Since the series’ launch in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000. Funds raised are distributed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations with the goal of improving breast cancer outcomes and reducing disparities in survival rates.
340 miles, 9 cities, $90,000
Those are the totals that Sherri Lynn, 49, notched up after completing her ninth and final Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in September. But the figures are nothing compared to the Manville, N.J., resident’s nearly two-decade long journey since her breast cancer diagnosis in 1995.
Sherri was surprised when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She always assumed that only people with a family history of cancer could get the illness.
She recalls her reaction when she was told she has cancer.
“I think I sat on a bucket,” she recalled. “I don’t know because it kinda got a little dark. Tunnel vision. And he told me I had breast cancer.”
She was only 31 then. But even in the face of adversity, she held on to her courage.
“I sat in the parking lot for about 5 minutes, cried, had a cigarette, and then I thought, ‘Okay, bring it on, bring it on. We’re gonna do what we need to do.’”