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Woman runs to battle breast cancer

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Amy Buckley of South Lake Tahoe will participate in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day the weekend of Oct. 19. She will walk 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Malibu, Calif., with more than 3,000 other courageous people to raise money for breast cancer. Net proceeds from the event will support nonprofit breast health programs in every region of the country and medical research on breast cancer. The Avon Products Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, will award grants to these types of organizations.

“This event is very important to me. About four years ago my sister Cheri died of breast cancer at the young age of 34, after a nine-month battle with the disease. She was not alone. This year more than 180,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This is about one out of nine women. More than 40,000 will die,” Buckley said.

“That is why I am walking so far. To do something big. To try to make a difference. I will not be alone in my efforts, though. My mother, two sisters, a stepsister and my mother’s best friend will be joining me in the walk. We will be walking in memory of our loss and trying to help others avoid such tragedy.”

Buckely agreed to raise $1,900 in pledge before Sept. 21 and she needs help. She is asking people to consider making a fully tax deductible pledge to help meet her goal before Sept. 21. Pledges can be made online at http://www.breastcancer3day.org. Be sure to include Buckley’s walker number which is 5964L. It is also possible to download and print a pledge form from the same Web site, fill in the walker number and mail the form directly to the address on the form, along with a check made out to Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day. For more information call Buckley at (530) 544-7852.

“Please keep in mind how far I’m walking and how hard I’ll have to train for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day between now and October. I hope that you’ll share this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fund-raising efforts,” Buckley said.

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