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Striding along: Ennis women join ‘Walk for the Cure’

Pricilla Herrera, Sara Robertson step up to fight breast cancer
Ennis is no stranger to the fight against cancer.
The local Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society grows annually in size and dollar amount –– this year’s campaign grossed $151,822 –– but two Ennis women have decided to take their support one step further,
The pair has registered to take part in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s “3 Day Walk for the Cure.”
The event, to be held Nov. 7-9, will see participants walking from Fort Worth to Dallas, a 60-mile trek, over a three-day span. It sounds like a daunting task but for cousins Pricilla Herrera and Sara Robertson, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.
“It is just so inspiring for me,” said Robertson, a dental assistant in the office of Dr. Larry Treadaway. “It has already helped me realize that little stuff is not important, and has taught me to live each day to the fullest. It makes you think twice on how we live our lives and the things we take for granted.”
Robertson and Herrera said they have made many friends at training sessions for the event as well as on the walk itself.
“We hear where training sessions for the walk are going to be held and travel to Dallas or where ever the other people are meeting so we can all train together,” agreed Herrera, also a dental assistant in the Treadaway office. “It has been so great getting to know other participants and to hear their stories of why they are doing the walk.”
Currently the women train every day, walking anywhere between 5-7 miles. They are aided in their preparations by classes held at the Komen Foundation. Herrera said it’s been helpful.
“Having the classes about what type of shoe to wear, and little things like what we can expect while doing the walk, have been a real asset,” she said. “I didn’t know a lot about the walk when I signed up, except that it was for a great cause, and I learn more every day. It is important to both Sara and I to have first hand knowledge of what survivors go through, and how the families that have lost loved ones manage to go on because cancer has touched our family as well.”
Another motivation for their enthusiasm about participating in the walk is to show support for their employer’s wife, Mindy Treadaway, a breast cancer survivor.
“Working at Dr. Treadaway’s office and knowing his family gave me some insight as to how difficult it is dealing with cancer and how draining the treatments can be,” Herrera said. “Seeing how hard Mindy fought to recover from the disease also makes me want to be part of helping to find a cure.”
To be part of the walk, participants must raise $2,200 each that will be donated to aid cancer research. While the duo has not raised all of their needed funding yet, they are positive that with help from the community, they will have the required amount when time for the walk comes around.
“We have seen how willing the community has been to help with other causes like the Relay for Life and we know that we will be supported in our efforts as well,” Robertson said. “We will be holding a garage sale to help with fundraising and we are also asking the community for donations.”
The women will be accepting donations for their garage sale or monetary donations at Dr. Treadaway’s office, 504 S. Clay St. Robertson and Herrera said they are happy to pick up items for the sale if contributors have trouble delivering them to the office.
“We would appreciate any help we can get with the fundraising aspect of the walk and we can schedule times to come pick garage sale items up if needed,” Robinson said.
The sale is to be held Aug. 2, in the parking lot of Kozlovsky Collision Repair, 902 S. Kaufman St., and in addition to great finds, Herrera and Robinson will be offering food and drinks as well as entertainment for the kids.
“We are really pulling out all the stops for this because this will be our major fundraiser,” Herrera said. “We hope the community will join us as we raise funds for a great cause.”
Monetary donations can also be made to Robertson and Hererra at the 3-day Web site, www.the3day.org.
For more information contact either Herrera or Robertson at 972-875-6081.
Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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