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The following is a story of God’s grace and love for us, His children. It is an example of how He speaks to us, revealing His presence in our lives. –Christine
June 18, 2008
2008 was my first year participating in the two-day, 39 mile, Avonwalk. I had never walked that distance before. I chose to support the Avonwalk in memory of my mother who sold Avon for 30 years and passed away in 2004 at the age of 80 from Pancreatic Cancer. She was such a strong woman, selling Avon for a second income to help provide for her six children as a single parent. Her stamina and determination have been passed on to her children and it was a pleasure to remember her in this way, walking for breast cancer research. I am truly thankful none of my family members have had to cope with breast cancer, although some of my friends have lost loved ones to this illness. On May 3 and 4, I walked proudly in support of the fight to eliminate this threat for all people.
All along the route there were “cheerleaders” to offer encouragement. At about mile 17, on the first day, I was feeling a little discouraged and tired. I began to think to myself, ‘why am I doing this?’. I had made a sign that I had pinned on my back with my mom’s photo and her nickname “Ducky”. A lady, who was a cheerleader at mile 18, saw my sign and said “Ducky from IndianHead? She was the sweetest lady”. This recognition of my mother by this stranger reenergized me. Without a doubt I knew the Lord used this lady to provide the encouragement and stamina I needed to complete the entire walk. The 8 remaining miles on Saturday and the 13.3 miles on Sunday were less challenging because the Lord through this wonderful lady gave me encouragement and energy that I know didn’t come from within me.