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My name is Heather Trumbull. I’m a part of a team of women doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston. My teammate and friend, Lesley Hampson, is a hometown gal — a lifetime resident of Shirley and an MSPCA officer in the area.

My friends and I are spending an entire weekend walking to benefit the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help save lives, and between the three of us, raising a minimum of $5400. We are doing a lot of training for the event — going on walks on the weekends and the gym during the week. We have also done an extensive amount of fund-raising, such as a benefit dinner that is currently in the works.

We are right in the middle of our fund-raising campaign. In order to be able to walk, we each need to reach a minimum of $1800 by the date of the event. While May 20 seems to be a while off, it is important to us to be able to finish with our fund-raising so we can focus on training. Every bit of assistance is valuable

We came to the conclusion to participate in the Avon Walk because we felt it was something we could do as individuals that could actually contribute to a larger cause. It is not very often that one finds a way to change the world. Breast cancer is a disease which last year alone affected 200,000 women. We’re very concerned about continued funding for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. Another woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. This is an alarming statistic and we felt the need to take immediate and significant action.

Readers can help our cause significantly by visiting www.avonwalk.org and searching for our team, “Team Tomorrow,” under the Boston event. Readers can also help by getting involved — walking, crewing or volunteering — by visiting the Web site or by calling (877) WALK-AVON.

HEATHER TRUMBULL

Littleton

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