Facebook
Twitter
Website

Join the Journey

Winter Newsletter - December 2015

View this email in your browser

Cool News!


As the temperatures cool down, take time to scope out our new website, and learn more about our volunteer opportunities! Find out more about our newest program, the Young Survivors Support Group, on our website at the link below under the "Programs" menu.
CLICK HERE to visit our new website!

President's Thoughts


The holiday season has always been important to me as it is the time of the year to be thankful for what we have and what we have accomplished over the past year. It is also a time of reflection and renewal, much like a clean slate, to envision making the coming year even better.

As I bring my personal values forward to my work with Join the Journey, I start by reflecting on how well our Strategic Plan helped us carry out our mission to promote breast cancer awareness and support individuals on their breast cancer journey. In addition to the day-to-day work, our focus for 2015 centered around a few key initiatives.

Our New Website. Join the Journey was awarded a grant for a new website from a local web-design firm, Corporate Web Services, Inc. (CWS).  We partnered with them to design and build a modern, user-friendly website that turned out to be fantastic. If you haven’t already, check it out at www.jointhejourney.us. We can’t thank CWS enough!

New walk registration tool. We heard you!  We have received countless pleas over the past few years for a better option to register online for the annual Join the Journey walk as well as to make online donations. It took time and research, but we believe we have found the answer. Stay tuned as we work to get it implemented!

Strengthen and build relationships with sponsors and donors. We have created a Sponsorship Committee that will improve the partnering process we have with our current sponsors and donors, as well as build new relationships in the community.  We are excited about this initiative and hope you will be too!

These are just a few of our top strategic priorities for 2015.  Countless other accomplishments kept the wheels on the wagon as we went about our day-to-day work – resulting in an amazing year for our organization and for those we serve! The most amazing aspect of all these accomplishments is that they were done through the tireless dedication of people like you, donating time, money and passion to Join the Journey to ultimately support breast cancer patients and make their lives a little easier as they go through their journey. You are awesome!

I also want to take a minute to introduce two new Board members, Carol Phillips and Andrew Fuchs. Carol is a breast cancer survivor and has participated in several Join the Journey programs over the past few years such as paddling with Making Waves and volunteering to help with various fundraising events.  This past year we were ecstatic when she graciously agreed to become the Program Director for Making Waves as well as become a Pink Ribbon Mentor. Thank you so much, Carol, for all of your contributions, and we look forward to working with you on the Board of Directors. Andrew is new to Join the Journey and somewhat new to Rochester. He is an attorney by trade and has a passion for fundraising and building relationships with sponsors and donors. We are excited for him to join the Board of Directors and share his many talents. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to both Carol and Andrew!    

We did an exceptional job carrying out our Strategic Plan as well as our mission in 2015. Strategic planning is an evolving process; and therefore, the Join the Journey Board of Directors will conduct their annual retreat in mid-January to celebrate 2015 accomplishments and make revisions to the Strategic Plan for 2016. Thank you all so much for the many types of support you provide throughout the year. There is no greater gift than giving of yourself and your time. 



Happy Holidays!

Lori Denison
President, Join the Journey


 

1530 Greenview Drive SW
Suite 212
Rochester, MN 55902
507-206-3212
www.jointhejourney.us

 

Officers:
President
Lori Denison
Treasurer
Cyndie Kahn
Secretary
Kathy Williamson

Members:
Yuliya Antropova-Elder
Andrew Fuchs
Linda Grigoleit
Mary Hurt
Ashley Kuhn
Karen Fryer
Linda Miller
Carol Phillips
Margie Loprinzi
Anne Mehnke
Jan Schmidt

Executive Director:
 Christine Fredriksen
Office Manager:
Gail Storing


"Promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey."
 


 
Upcoming Community Events

2016 Eagles Telethon

Join the Journey will have a community education table at the 2016 Eagles Telethon at the Mayo Civic Center Lobby from 8pm Saturday, January 16 until 4pm Sunday, January 17. Join the Journey will have information about its programs and education regarding breast cancer and self-examinations.

Project Community Connect

Friday, January 29
10am to 2pm at Mayo High School

 
Join the Journey will once again be participating in the Project Community Connect Expo. This event will feature services and resources for people who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet. Join the Journey will provide information about its programs and education regarding breast cancer and screenings. Volunteers welcomed.



Pink the Rink
Friday, March 4 
at Rochester Rec Center

 
Join us for a great night of hockey with our Rochester Ice Hawks. In the spirit of raising breast cancer awareness in our community, the ice rink is dyed pink, courtesy of Everything Hobby. Keep checking our website and Facebook page for more details!

Christine's Corner

Join the Journey had a busy fall season!
 
On September 26, one of our amazing volunteers, Cheryl Blouin, braved the wasps on a hot day at Cooke Park to attend Latino Fest. Great music, food and booths were featured at this event highlighting local Latino culture. Cheryl ran a JTJ community table for the whole day!
 
After our Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, we jumped right into October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We were active in the community, encouraging women to schedule their annual mammograms and conduct their monthly self-checks. We participated in many events to help raise awareness about breast cancer, and we were honored to receive donations from many local friends and businesses that held breast cancer fundraisers.

We kicked off the month with a wine tasting event at Andy’s Liquor on Oct 1. We had a community table and fun door prizes, and raised $330. Andy’s invited us to have a community booth again on Oct 23 at its Casino Royale event where we raised $576. Thank you to our volunteers and to Andy’s for putting these events together!
 
Next, we held our annual Bras for a Cause event, and it was better than ever! So many families came out this year to support breast cancer survivors! Saturday, October 3 was a lovely, sunny day.  Our partner Rochester Motor Cars hosted the event at its Mazda location (near Carlos O’Kelleys off of Hwy 52 North). We raised over $5,800! Many families and supporters enjoyed the Big Event bounce house; a turtle and kestrel from Zollman Zoo; fabulous balloon art from Dr. Robert Kurland; mini pumpkin decorating; and a fun, pink photo booth. Breast cancer survivor Officer Carrie Koehler dropped by with coloring pages and police-badge stickers for the kids! Our beautiful pink-ribbon merchandise from Side Out Rochester was a big hit! Children loved the temporary glitter tattoos from A Child's Kingdom, which raised $80. Mac's Mobile Food Truck made sure everyone got a delicious lunch!

From 12:30pm to 1:30pm, the Mayor of Rochester, Ardell Brede, and local radio celebrities Julie Jones from Fox 102.5, Tom Garrett from 97.5 Pulse FM, and Tracy McCray from KROC AM bravely volunteered to be the targets of our "Pie In the Face" fundraiser, which raised over $200 for local breast cancer survivors. It was a sticky, fun mess!
  
On October 17 and 18, the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona held a new fundraiser, the “Think Pink" Horse Show, with a breast cancer awareness theme. Carol Phillips and Cyndie Kahn ran a Join the Journey community table.  They raised money for Join the Journey through a silent auction and proceeds from the entry fees for some of the horse show classes. It raised about $1,200! Thank you so much to the organizer, Deb Larson, and the Equestrian Center for coordinating this event!

On October 19, the Post Bulletin ran a Breast Cancer Feature segment with an article about Join the Journey and breast cancer treatment and information. The segment featured ads from local businesses, with a portion of the cost of those ads benefiting Join the Journey! The backside of the segment also displayed our annual Thank You notice to donors who contributed $250 or more to Join the Journey from Fall 2014 up until our 2015 Walk. A few important donors were missing from the ad, so we'd like to acknowledge them here: special thanks to Anne and Jeff Mehnke for their donation of $500; to Gerrie Maslowski for her donation of $290, and to Dr. Richard Hurt and Mary Hurt for their donation of $500. This year, the Post Bulletin donated the full cost of our ad! Thank you so much to the Post Bulletin for its generosity!

The weekend of October 24 was a busy one for JTJ! On Saturday, we had a beautiful, pink booth at the Rochester Women’s Fall Expo at the Mayo Civic Center. We sold pink-ribbon merchandise, applied pink-ribbon tattoos and talked to visitors about breast cancer and our many programs. Meanwhile, at Soldiers Field, the American Cancer Society was holding its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. We had a community table, and our own Kathy Williamson was asked to speak at the event. The Rochester Tennis Connection also held a fundraiser for Join the Journey and raised $1,275. Thank you to volunteer Cindy Benike for organizing this fundraiser!

Our partner, iHeartMedia put together a radio fundraising campaign directing listeners to the JTJ website to make a donation. The campaign ran on Fox 102.5 from October 24 through October 27. Breast cancer survivor volunteers recorded short PSAs telling their survivor story and how JTJ helped them. Thank you to Patty Allen, Cyndie Kahn, Kellykay Kreft, Karla Mees, Beth Sarkaria, and Kim Sookup for sharing their stories!

On Halloween day, volunteers Lori Denison and Alexis Simmons had a spooktacular time running JTJ’s community education table at the YMCA’s 5K Spooktacular!


Some local businesses were raising money for Join the Journey and promoting breast cancer awareness all October long! We’d like to give special thanks to:

  • Dr. Grant Collins and his team at Collins Orthodontics went pink again this year with a huge social media fundraiser for JTJ.  They raised $1,506.
  • Carol and Bob Fligge at Wash Me Car Wash (1727 South Broadway Ave, Rochester, Minnesota). They donated 50% of proceeds from their car washes every Monday and Wednesday in October starting on Oct 12!
  • Chuck Adebajo, Marcus Sherels (NFL Vikings player) and their friend Tim Nela are selling pink t-shirts and will be donating the proceeds to JTJ.
  • Cooks Pantry sold cutting boards and cookie cutters to benefit JTJ. They donated $5.00 from the sale of every Kuhn Rikon pink paring knives ($9.99 price) and $1.00 from the sale of every ribbon cookie cutter ($1.50 price).
  • The stylists at Mane Image Salon in Kasson, MN held a Pink fundraiser again this year and raised $380 for Join the Journey!
We are so grateful to all those in the community who pitch in during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help support Join the Journey’s mission and spread the word about who we are and what we do to help local breast cancer survivors.
 

Whew! Now let’s all have a relaxing, warm (hopefully!) winter season!


THANK YOU SO MUCH to our Breast Cancer Awareness Month volunteers:

Patty Allen, Terri Allred, Rochelle Befort, Cindy Benike, Cheryl Blouin, Lori Denison, Mandy Fricker, Karen Fryer, Haley Holt, Mary Hurt, Dr. Richard Hurt, Cyndie Kahn, Kellykay Kreft, Ashley Kuhn, Dr. Robert Kurland, Connie Lexvold, Lisa Linn, Margie Loprinzi, Gerrie Maslowski, Karla Mees, Anne Mehnke, Carol Phillips, Rachel Prizler, Judy Rutz, Beth Sarkaria, Alexis Simmons, Kim Sookup, Marcy Stenzel, Tiffinee Swanson, Elynn Welle, Emily Whitcomb, Sue Whitcomb, Kathy Williamson, and our October JourneyStrong instructors (Cindy Benike, Patricia Barrier, Deah Kinion, Sara Pennington, and Sarah Pacchetti).

Calling all Volunteers!
Are you interested in planning fun events, giving back by volunteering your professional skills, or socializing and spreading the word about JTJ? We are always looking to add to our volunteer base in order to increase the diversity of skills, expertise and availability of our volunteers.

We have opportunities for most ages and skill types to volunteer from home, at our office or out in the community. Our online volunteer sign-up process allows you to easily sign-up for Join the Journey volunteer opportunities on your own time and with flexibility to your schedule.

If you’d like to become a Join the Journey volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Page or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tiffinee Swanson at jointhejourneyvolunteer@gmail.com.
 
My Journey
by Elynn Welle

 

December 22, 2004; I had an appointment for my annual mammogram.  It was scheduled too close to the holidays, but I was a few months overdue and wanted to get it done since my annual deductible was used up. 

I had a history of cystic breast tissue that had, for several years, resulted in return appointments for a diagnostic mammogram with ultrasound. I hadn’t noticed any particular change with my self-breast exams; but I hated that return appointment, so I’d asked my doctor to order a diagnostic mammogram instead of a routine screening one.  I was familiar with the step-by-step process of the first mammogram, the “additional views” mammogram and then the ultrasound, and I wasn’t in the least bit concerned until I was having the ultrasound.  Since I’d always watched the monitor during my previous ultrasounds, I knew that my breast cysts had the appearance of small, well-defined, black balloons floating happily in my breast tissue.  This time, several of those were visible, but the sonographer was focused on something with an altogether different appearance – black, but poorly defined with irregular borders and fingers that seemed to reach out menacingly.  Nothing happy about it.  The sonographer’s demeanor became more intense as she quietly scanned – looking, looking, looking. Now measuring, and measuring some more. She said, “I think I’ll ask the radiologist to come and take a look.” I knew I had cancer.

Maybe because it was so close to Christmas and all the smart women were delaying their mammogram appointments, the schedule allowed for an immediate biopsy.  Four hours later, I left the clinic to get groceries and finish my Christmas errands, my mind racing with the events of the morning.  I made a decision to follow the philosophy of that famous heroine, Scarlett O’Hara. “I can’t think about that today. I’ll think about it tomorrow.”  That evening I told my husband I’d had a biopsy, but that was the end of our conversation.

The next afternoon, I received my results: lobular cancer with a second area of atypical hyperplasia. I was scheduled for several additional tests the following week, they told me that surgery would be scheduled after that and it was very likely that I would need chemotherapy and/or radiation.  Merry Christmas.

My coping mechanism that Christmas was to not think about cancer.  My kids (then 26, 24, 22, and 19) were all home for the holidays and in their usual state of joking, teasing, and playfulness.  I would not allow this news to deprive them of their Christmas cheer. We had a wonderful, festive celebration with our traditional gift-giving, games, and song and, the day after Christmas, we traveled to visit extended family for another round of celebrating.  Tears came on occasion but didn’t betray my secret.  Holding hands around our Christmas Eve table for grace, and listening to them singing in the choir at church, my kids weren’t surprised or concerned when their ‘mushy mom’ became teary-eyed.  Lying beside my husband in our darkened bedroom, tears were safe.  My faith has always been important to me and, in a way, the message of the season held out a special promise to allay my fears: “All is calm, all is bright.”

The tests the following week revealed that there were additional “areas of concern” in both breasts.  My options were to obtain more biopsies or to have a bilateral mastectomy.  At that point, I wasn’t feeling particularly lucky. I also had been told that lobular breast cancer has a higher likelihood of being bilateral and was harder to detect than the more common ductal cancer. Even if the biopsies were negative, could I live with the close monitoring that would be required and the uncertainty of the outcome?  I decided to proceed with bilateral mastectomy and I’m glad I did.  What appeared to be a 1.6 cm tumor on ultrasound turned out to actually measure 4.5 cms, with two additional tumors found in that breast and two small areas of atypia (precancerous cells) on the other breast.

My diagnosis was provided very quickly, but because of the holiday, the treatment was a little delayed. Surgeons had away-time and when they returned their schedules were very full.  My surgery was three weeks after my diagnosis.  It was excruciating to wait that long, but there were advantages – I had plenty of time to consider options for reconstruction and also to talk with women who were cancer survivors, which was enormously helpful.  

Though Join the Journey didn’t have the Pink Ribbon Mentor program in place yet, my story personifies the value of survivors helping survivors through this journey.  When I received my diagnosis, I knew of three women who were breast cancer survivors; two were professional acquaintances, and one was a friend of a friend. I called each of them, seeking support, and they responded lavishly.  They filled me with information from their experience and hope.  One of them mailed me greeting cards with inspirational messages every few weeks for the entire time I went through chemo and radiation. One loaned me her wig.  One brought regular meals and gave me ideas about managing work.  They gave me tried-and-true tips on how to manage post-op pain, drains, treatment side-effects and clothing that would make my surgical outcome less obvious.  They were there to answer countless questions and to give me a shoulder, a pep talk, or on occasion, an admonition to not sit too long on the pity pot.

My family also played a huge part in my recovery.  After the holidays, the kids all returned to their roles at work and college; one son had just been accepted into AmeriCorps and was off to Colorado, but their calls, emails, and visits were frequent and filled with tender encouragement.  My husband was a magnificent partner and caregiver, totally invested in my recovery.  We were "empty-nesters" for the first time in 26 years – an amazing gift during the time I was recovering from surgery and exhausted from undergoing chemo and radiation while continuing to work.  Chet and I got through it by simplifying our schedules as much as we could, then diving in and taking things one step at a time, focusing on the next treatment, the next appointment, the next “whatever it takes” to prevent the cancer from coming back.

A milestone in my recovery occurred in early August. I had finished radiation in mid-July and was definitely on the mend – feeling my energy start to return and seeing some stubbly silver growth on my scalp.  I had a conference to attend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and, as had been my custom for work-related activities, brought my wig, scarves and hats to wear to the sessions. However, on the second day I decided that “I was done with those” and went out in public with my stubbly head for the first time.  It was liberating – and much cooler!  While we were there we took the opportunity to hike some trails at Grand Teton National Park. I felt great starting out but needed to stop to rest numerous times on the way up the mountain trail.  Chet kept asking me if I was sure I wanted to continue but there was no doubt in my mind – no matter how long it took I was going to conquer that mountain (incidentally, Teton is a Native American word for breasts). 

And now as I prepare for this Christmas, I give thanks for so many gifts – family (we have grown to include four in-laws and four grandchildren), new and longtime friends (many of whom I’ve met as a result of my cancer diagnosis), advances in medical treatments, and growth in the Join the Journey organization, which has supported so many individuals through this ordeal.  I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone, and I wouldn’t want to go through it again. But I have no doubt it has made me a stronger, more adventurous, more mindful, and more grateful person.  I have many reasons to say, “Rejoice! Merry Christmas!”  May your winter holidays and family celebrations be wonderful!

 

Namaste for JourneyStrong

Our JourneySTRONG program will have its last session this Saturday, December 5. Moving our program to a new date/time and location in partnership with the LiveSTRONG program did not result in an increase in attendance. We will postpone the program and brainstorm new ideas for 2016. Thanks to the YMCA for partnering with us, and we hope to work with them again soon!
 

Pink Ribbon Mentors Share "After Treatment" Program

By Linda M. Swan


After cancer survivors finish their treatment plan, one of the things they often miss is that sense of purposeful action. After all, for many months a plan was in place just for them, to help them beat cancer. Once the treatment plan is complete, they may ask themselves, "What's next?"


One of the advantages of being a Pink Ribbon Mentor is that you hear about things, such as community programs, to help cancer survivors.  An answer to that "What's next?" question could be the LIVESTRONG program.  I am in my ninth week of this twelve-week program, so I am confident that I can explain to you what it is about. 

LIVESTRONG is a partnership between the LIVESTRONG Foundation and area family YMCAs. In the Rochester community it also has the strong support of Mayo physicians.  It is an opportunity for adult cancer survivors (any cancer), accompanied by their supporters, to overcome the effects of fatigue and deconditioning due to treatment or just to make health and wellness a greater emphasis in life.  

In a safe environment, surrounded by extremely kind and supportive LIVESTRONG volunteers, a small group of cancer survivors, men and women of all ages and abilities, meet regularly for twelve weeks.  In these weekly sessions there are discussions about fitness and health along with full access to the Y for cardio and weight training. Each person exercises at his or her own ability and pace and each is encouraged to set individual goals and reach for them.  During the program you learn about nutrition and have opportunities to practice meditation, stretching, flexibility, yoga and Qigong.  It is great fun.  During the program, you also have full membership to the Y and its other fitness offerings.  LIVESTRONG enables cancer survivors to connect with each other and build a support network.  As Pink Ribbon Mentors we know the value of a support network. 

LIVESTRONG is an opportunity for survivors to transition from actively fighting their cancer through treatment to reclaiming their health and well-being as they move forward.   In three weeks, I and a few of my fellow Pink Ribbon Mentors will be among the growing LIVESTRONG alumni.  As mentors and now LIVESTRONG alumni, we have firsthand knowledge of this valuable program so when a mentee expresses that all important question of ‘what’s next?’ we will have an answer for them.

Updated Recommendations on Screening Mammography in Women
at Average Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
 
- Minetta C. Liu, MD


Despite the number of published studies evaluating the benefits and harms of screening mammography in women starting at age 40 who have an average lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, the topic remains a subject of great debate. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued controversial breast cancer screening guidelines in 2009 that recommend screening mammography every two years for women 50-74 years old, and that it be considered on an individual basis every two years for women 40-49 years old because the false positive rate (and ultimate need for unnecessary follow-up imaging and biopsies) was highest in this age group.1 These guidelines, which were updated without significant modification in April 2015,2 also note that data are insufficient to develop evidence based recommendations for women older than 75 years of age.
 
In October 2015, the American Cancer Society (ACS) provided the first update to its screening guidelines since 2003.3 The guidelines allow for more tailored recommendations on the basis of age, health, personal preference, and the possibility of over-diagnosis. Screening mammography is recommended every year for women 45-54 years old and every two years (with the option for yearly studies) for women 55 and older for as long as they are in good health with an estimated life expectancy >10 years. With respect to women 40-44 years old, annual breast cancer screening may be considered but is not formally recommended.
 
Mayo Clinic physicians take all available data and guidelines into consideration and currently recommend annual screening mammography in women 40-74 years old with the option to decline before age 50 and to convert to biennial screening after age 55. 4 Women over age 75 with an estimated life expectancy >10 years should pursue screening studies every two years with the option to discontinue at anytime.


REFERENCES:

1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for breast cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med. 2009; 151(10):716-26. 
2. http://screeningforbreastcancer.org/
3.http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/cancerscreeningguidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer 
4. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/mammogram/expert-answers/mammogram-guidelines/faq-20057759

 

Making Waves, a floating fellowship
By Sue Whitcomb


Making Waves finished up the racing season in Dubuque September 12-13, finishing third in the breast cancer survivor division. Okay, so there were only three teams in the survivor division but we still brought home bronze medals. And as always, we had a lot of fun at that festival.


Although the paddling season is over we have activities almost every week, thanks to Judy Rutz.  These activities include walking the track at RCTC, sharing a meal at different restaurants, going to an occasional movie, and even enjoying an adult coloring party at A Child’s Kingdom. No matter what the activity, we always have fun getting together.

Saturdays at 2p.m. at the YMCA our off-season fitness activity, previously called Winter Workouts, continues with a variety of dance and exercise opportunities for survivors and supporters.  This program has a new partnership with the YMCA and is now called JourneyStrong (see Christine’s Corner for more details). If you haven’t attended any sessions yet this year, give it a try. It is free and fun.

Until next time, Paddles Up!
Think PINK This Holiday Season!

It’s never too late to pick up some fabulous pink-ribbon merchandise! They make great gifts for the holidays! Contact the Join the Journey office at 507-206-3212 or via email at info@jointhejourney.us to order Tough Enough to Wear Pink hats, and pink ribbon t-shirts, snoozies, jewelry, hoodies, shoe laces, socks and more!

Or stop by our merchandise partner, Side Out (2571 Clare Lane, Rochester, MN) and say you want to support Join the Journey!
                   
     
Annual JTJ Walk; Oh, What a Feeling!

We had a perfect day for our event!  Blue skies, sunshine and a mild breeze accompanied the high spirits of our 919 walkers on our 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk!  The positive energy continued as the gym filled with a sea of pink and blue, culminating in a roar of support for survivors during the opening ceremony.  And that same energy was palpable as the walkers streamed past the drummers and motivators to start the walk and as they returned to the exuberant finish line. Oh, what a feeling!

This event is Join the Journey’s major fundraiser and we have so many people to credit for its success. It could not happen without the creativity, generosity and hard work of our volunteers. Most of our crew chiefs were experienced in their roles – rock solid, unflappable, steady-as-they-go type folks who have supported us for many years. We had a few new crew chiefs who came to us with open minds and willing hearts, making phenomenal contributions. To each of you who shared your ideas, time and energy – thank you!

Our Walk Co-chairs, Heather Burns-Myhre and Crystal Kittridge, did an outstanding job of leading us through the preparations and pulling the details together! Can you believe they were both newbies to the Walk?!  Kudos to you both!

Our Co-chairs had the vision of making the Walk a more family-friendly event. To do that, a kid’s scavenger hunt was planned and a reduced registration fee for children under age 18 was instituted. We also had many more youth involved as Walk Motivators, and their enthusiasm and energy were infectious! These changes were well-received, and we hope to make them permanent features.

Of course, our success was also dependent on the walkers who came out to support Join the Journey and, more important, to support those who are on a breast cancer journey. Your presence was powerful! Your eager participation – delightful!  Your laughter, hugs, and positive energy – inspirational!  Not only that, you helped us raise $76,000 to continue Join the Journey’s mission!  We can’t thank you enough and hope to see you all back next year.

Finally, our thank yous would not be complete without acknowledging our many donors.  Catering by Design, The Reunion Band, MOKA, Mayo High School and Jeff Whitney, and 102.5 the Fox had a big presence that day.  We are so appreciative of their generosity as well as of the many other businesses and individuals who donated funds, food, or products to the Walk. Please check out our website Donors Page for a complete listing and please extend your thanks when you patronize them.

Want to see more about the day and revive your memories of all the fun?  Check out the photo gallery on our website.  And mark your calendars for next year’s Walk on Sunday, September 18th, 2016!

Pictures of the Quarter: Top left photo: Julie Jones thanking pink ribbon mentors during walk opening ceremony. Top right photo: walkers on route. Bottom photo: breast cancer survivors at our 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (Sept 20, 2015). Send us your JTJ pics to info@jointhejourney.us and see your picture here!


1530 Greenview Drive SW, Suite 212
Rochester, MN 55902

For more information, please emails us at:
info@jointhejourney.us

Copyright © 2015 Join the Journey, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences