It was last year when Amanda Snowden, Rebecca Ray and Regina Choyce walked as Team Peace, Love, Pink
in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
celebrating the "Sweet 16" for Amanda and Rebecca's mother as a breast cancer survivor and to honor two young moms, Carrie Fuller and Kristi Herring, who were battling breast cancer at that time. The trio proudly raised $7,500 for the Avon Foundation and built lifelong friendships.
In a year, the team grew from 3 to 20 member…and counting! They call themselves the Kingwood "DD" Divas & Dudes
. This spirited team consists of survivors, relatives of survivors, relatives of those with cancer, and others who have lost loved ones to breast cancer. They are all training for the 39.3 mile Houston Walk for Breast Cancer, one of the 9 walks around the country in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series. With around 160,000 participants, the foundation has been able to raise $423 million for scientific research, support services for cancer patients, medical care, and furthering the education and awareness of the disease. Each walker must raise at least $1800 in proceeds before the day of the event, and teams in each city are ranked by how much money they are able to collect…and our Kingwood Divas & Dudes are at #1 in Houston!
They have raised over $35,000
and have been hard at work adding members and reaching out into the community with fundraising events, including the Walk Like a Diva 5K, dinner nights out at Fuddruckers, Mooyah, and Christopher's in Humble, Pink Christmas at Dirt Road Divas, along with bake sales and "Pretty Please" t-shirt sales at Alspaugh's ACE Hardware and Wal-Mart in Atascocita. They are determined to protect their #1 spot and lead Houston in the fight against breast cancer on the year that celebrates Avon Walk for Breast Cancer's 10th anniversary.
"It would mean so much to everyone on the team to hear the Kingwood name announced at the opening ceremony, and it would also allow our team members to lead the walk from the starting line," Amanda says. "This is a special honor, and one we would love to make available for our team members who have fought breast cancer themselves and lost loved ones to the disease."
You can also donate to this valuable cause and keep track of the team's growth by visiting their website at info.avonfoundation.org/goto/kingwooddivas
When making donations, please remember to contribute to the Diva or Dude with the least amount of money raised to ensure that all walkers meet their $1800 required minimum.