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39.3 Miles for Bust

At the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston, Sara Morrow staked out rest stops to talk boobs, bonds, and the power of walking for a cure.

Sheila Wagner of Pearland, Tex.

What's the Avon Walk like for a Stage I breast cancer survivor? It feels like a big supportive family, and it's really motivating. I've also got such an encouraging entourage. I'm walking with three girlfriends, and my husband and 4-year-old daughter, Shelby, are at every rest stop. We'll be here next year!

Claire Whitton (Midlothian, Va.), Brenda McKeehan (Houston), Lee Ann Romero (Cypress, Tex.), and Marsha Lester (Houston)

Brenda, how do you know each other? Most of us met at Weight Watchers, where I work. As a team, we've lost 317 pounds. We weren't friends at first, but now these women are more than my "sole-mates." Why is your team name the Cinderella-inspired "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boobs"? We made Disney-princess hats from Hanes bras. They keep morale up!

Teresa Robert of Lombard, Ill.

Is this your first Avon Walk? I walked Chicago last year. This is my first of three this year. I wanted to do eight in 2008, but my husband put his foot down. What did you do to raise money? All sorts of things. Once, I told men going into a store that they looked like they needed a kiss. When they donated, I gave them a Hershey's Kiss. It was an easy $300. So far, I've raised $5,800. How will you reward yourself? I'll walk another one.

Sisters Donna Prochaska (Magnolia, Tex.) and Julie McGouirk (Thomaston, Ga.)

Julie, is this a tradition for you two? We've never done the Avon Walk before, but we wanted to do it for the 25th anniversary of our mother's death. Did you train together? Well, yesterday we walked the Galleria mall!

Virginia Leitner of Friendswood, Tex., with her daughter, D'Ann Steadham, and her niece Layla Dishman, both of Houston

Layla, how did you train? You think we're in shape? We've got you fooled. Was fund-raising hard, D'Ann? No, people really come through. After all, men like boobs. And look at all these women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. It's so powerful that we're in this together.

 
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