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Summer Newsletter - June 2016

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Welcome Summer!

Warm weather brings busy days at Join the Journey. We start to look forward to our Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and our many summer events. We hope you will join us in supporting local breast cancer survivors!
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Christine's Corner

Things are starting to heat up at Join the Journey as our busiest season gets up and rolling!
We kicked off 2016 with our annual participation in the Eagles Telethon and Project Community Connect. These events are a great way to raise awareness about breast cancer, spread the word about who we are and what we do, and to give back and help support our community. We provided community education materials at both events; and had many give-away items for Project Community Connect, which helps provide information and services to underserved members of our community. Thank you to our wonderful JTJ volunteers who helped with these events! 
We changed things up a bit this year, and held our annual “Pink the Rink” event with the Rochester Ice Hawks in early March instead of October. And it was a tremendous success! We drew a crowd of 1,776 (average attendance is 840 people) and raised $6,487—double what the event has raised in previous years. We held a 50/50 raffle (one of our own volunteers Judy Rutz was our lucky winner and she generously donated $100 back to JTJ!). Pink the Rink 2016 t-shirts with the slogan "Get Checked" sold out! Special thanks to Absolute Chiropractic, the Fatis Family, Craig Ugland at Edina Realty and Everything Hobby for sponsoring the t-shirts! Special thanks to Kevin Guy from Everything Hobby, who donated the paint to make the ice pink. Lori Denison (our fearless leader) and I lost the sled race on ice to our lovely volunteers, Haley and Alissa. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made the night possible. Thank you to the Ice Hawks and their staff, the Fatis Family, organizer Craig Ugland and the attendees for making the night a fun, PINK night for breast cancer survivors!

On the heels of Pink the Rink, our annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink event rode in! We had a blast this year at the 20th Annual Valley Featherlite Bull Riding Challenge (April 8). As always, Join the Journey had a pink table set up where visitors could buy official Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise and clothing and find out more about Join the Journey and its many programs for breast cancer survivors. We asked spectators to help raise awareness and show their support by wearing pink to the event. This year, we also had volunteers at Wicked Moose Bar and Grill collecting $5 donations from patrons who attended the bar after the event to listen to live music by JT and The Gunslingers. Thank you 2016 Tough Enough to Wear Pink Sponsors:  Home Federal Savings Bank, Kahn Trucking, Wicked Moose Bar and Grill, JT and The Gunslingers, BJ's Bar and Grill and Bella Salon. We raised $3,796. Thank you Tough Enough volunteers for making this event possible!
At the end of April, when the spring blossoms were beginning to bloom, our first-ever Pink Blossom Festival was under way. Read about the amazing day in our Pink Ribbon Mentors article.
On a beautiful, sunny day (May 16), tenacious volunteers from the landscaping community and Whitewater Gardens installed a natural fountain landscape at the home of Michelle B., this year’s recipient of the Healing Gardens award. Each year, Join the Journey partners with Whitewater Gardens and Rochester Women’s magazine to select a breast cancer survivor who is actively going through treatment to receive a healing waters installation on her property. This installation is meant to create a place of relaxation, meditation and healing for the recipient. To learn more about Michelle B. and the garden, check out the full story in the upcoming July/August issue of Rochester Women’s magazine.
As a retirement party for Sue Whitcomb, one of our hardworking and dedicated volunteers, Sue’s co-workers at Olmsted County organized a lovely "Welcome to Life" event as a fundraiser benefiting Join the Journey. It took place on May 26 at the Olmsted County building. Organizers sold walking tacos, held a silent auction and took good-will donations, raising nearly $1,500! Thank you to Sue and her co-workers for their hard work and generosity!
This is the time of year we start to get excited about the promise of warm weather and our annual Walk! Don’t miss our Walk article to learn more about what’s in store this year!

Relay for Life!
We will again have a “Join the Journey” team at the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life.” The event will be at RCTC, 5:00pm July 15th – 2:00am July 16th. We are seeking participants for our team as well as volunteers to help with our Join the Journey community table. Contact Cyndie Kahn at BigWheeler10@aol.com or the Join the Journey office at info@jointhejourney.us for more information.

1530 Greenview Drive SW
Suite 212
Rochester, MN 55902


Lori Denison
Cyndie Kahn
Kathy Williamson

Yuliya Antropova-Elder
Andrew Fuchs
Linda Grigoleit
Mary Hurt
Ashley Kuhn
Linda Miller
Carol Phillips
Margie Loprinzi
Anne Mehnke
Jan Schmidt
Rochelle Befort
Diane Trisko

Executive Director:
 Christine Fredriksen
Office Manager:
Gail Storing

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

Upcoming Community Events

Rochesterfest Parade
Friday, June 24 at 6:15pm

Pink Out 
Saturday, June 25 
at Deer Creek Speedway 

Dine In to Donate
Wednesday, June 29 at Texas Roadhouse (3350 55th St NWRochester, MN) mention JTJ and 10% of the cost of your meal goes to JTJ!

Relay for Life

Friday, July 15 at 5pm to Saturday, July 16 at 2am at RCTC

Healing Waters at Rochester Garden Tour
Thursday, July 21 from 4pm to dusk

Honkers Game
Friday, July 29 at 7:05pm.

Pay It Forward at Thursdays on First
  August 18

NAWIC Golf Tournament
Friday, August 19 at Willow Creek

12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Sunday, Sept 18 at Mayo High

Start your engines! Back by popular demand is our Pink Out at Deer Creek Speedway. Last year we raised nearly $10,000 at this amazing event! We partner up with Deer Creek Speedway, Med-City Collision and National Fleet Graphics to put on a race day that’s fun for everyone! Join us Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Deer Creek Speedway (15 miles South of Rochester, MN on U.S. Highway 63) for a day to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about breast cancer. 

As always at Deer Creek, expect explosive stock-car racing action at one of the most state-of-the-art racing complexes in the country. A full-service campground is located within the facility, so fans can make it an all-day event! 

All afternoon -  Tailgating in the parking lot 
3pm - Pit gate opens & slingshot races (ages 6 to teen) on Button Buck Speedway 
4pm -  Grand Stands open and ticket sales for Deer Creek Speedway begin
6pm -  Deer Creek Speedway races

Join the Journey will be selling a variety of pink-ribbon merchandise at the event, so look for our pink table. Cash, check and most credit cards will be accepted. Our sponsor, Med-City Collision will also be selling unique, pink JTJ and Med-City Collision water bottles to benefit JTJ. We will have a 50/50 raffle with half of the proceeds going to Join the Journey and the rest to the lucky winner! 

Our silent auction will have even more great prizes than last year! Plus a lucky guest could snag four tickets to a NASCAR race in Chicago (for sale via live auction at the event)! We will again have a pink-ribbon flag signed by the racers (also for sale via live auction at the event). 

You won’t want to miss this action-packed day in support of breast cancer survivors. Fun for the whole family! Advance tickets are available at deercreekspeedway.com or by calling the speedway at 507-754-6107 or 877-DCS-RACE
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 info@jointhejourney.us.

My Journey

By Cecile Holmen

On Monday, December 6, 2010, I received the phone call from my primary physician informing me that I had breast cancer. I remember where I was standing. I stared across the family room looking at the brick wall of the fireplace and thought, “if it’s time for me to go, I don’t have anything left undone”. My physician told me that I would need surgery but assured me “they can get it all.” 

He transferred the call to the appointment desk and I was scheduled for an Oncology appointment in two weeks – the first available. After telling the scheduler that I was newly unemployed and able to come in anytime, she informed me of Mayo’s “checker” system, which consists of patients checking in on a waiting list and being called in should anyone cancel or no-show for their scheduled appointment. I told her to keep the appointment I had scheduled, but I would come as a checker. 

My husband was sitting patiently on the couch as I made the arrangements. I had already nodded to him that the diagnosis was cancer. When I got off the phone I told him the whole story. I was misty-eyed, but have faith in God and believe “there is a purpose”. I didn’t break down and cry. That happened much later. I remember being thankful for listening to my physician a week earlier. 

I had been scheduled for a mammogram in late November. However, I was laid off from my job as a counselor shortly before that and had decided to skip it. “I’ll wait a year. I’ll save the money for now.” I did keep a scheduled appointment for a general exam, where my physician encouraged me to have the mammogram saying, “You just never know if something will show up.” I agreed. That’s when my journey began.

From my experience and training as a counselor, I knew how to cope with stressful situations: you weigh the pros and cons, prepare, plan, and stay in the present. I spent that Monday digesting the news; I kept occupied doing busy-work, informed three family members whom I knew would be supportive, and left it at that. Tuesday I did my preparing. Wednesday, I arrived at the Oncology Department at 7:45 AM carrying my book bag with various reading articles, word-find, and lunch. I waited one hour and was called in. 

The oncologist was kind, understanding, and attentive. She explained my cancer in detail (Stage 1 with a 2 cm tumor) and told me that I needed a lumpectomy, assuring me that “they can get it all.” She had read the note from my physician and learned that I initially skipped the mammogram and remarked how fortunate it was that I had followed through. I remember telling the doctor, “I am in your hands and whatever you need me to do, I will do it.”

She questioned my readiness to move forward with treatment and offered to start making arrangements and get the process underway immediately, if I desired. I pointed to my book bag and lunch and said, “I’m ready.” Little did I know that after she got off the phone I would be told that I had appointments for later that day and Thursday and that I would be scheduled for surgery on Friday! The thought of being in surgery in two days left me stammering over my words. However, I wanted the cancer out of me and did not want to wait.  

Each of the doctors I saw asked me to paraphrase what I’d been told about the cancer and treatment plans; this helped me to feel ‘in the know’. I also was given The Breast Cancer Book (donated by Join the Journey); I took the doctors’ advice and read only the sections they directed me to in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. I felt like I was doing homework when I got home after that first day. The last appointment I had was with the surgeon. I found myself shaking when I signed the consent to remove my left breast if they found more cancer than what appeared on the mammogram. My eyes got misty, but I kept telling myself to “stay in the present.”  I felt so grateful that all the doctors were very positive and reassuring. 

Friday morning I had the lumpectomy and removal of three lymph nodes. The surgeon told me the lymph nodes were all clean and that the tumor was removed as expected. A feeling of profound gratitude surged through me! 

After my incision healed, I started six weeks of radiation, with treatments five days/week.  During each treatment, I would count the seconds of the radiation beam and stare at the large “eye” that was helping me. In my own humorous way, I would imagine harmonizing with the sound of the beam!  After the first week of treatments I developed pain and swelling of my left arm. I was diagnosed with lymphedema and was treated at the Lymphedema Clinic. A week or so later, I became anxious during a treatment session. I was holding back tears and working to keep myself still. When that session ended I quit holding back the tears. What a melt-down! The techs were supportive and offered to arrange for me to seen by a psychologist, but I declined – thinking I was just having a bad day.

The treatments plus appointments with doctors and a nurse educator kept me busy.  All were so informative and attentive to my needs. I was started on a medication to reduce the risk of recurrence (aromatase inhibitor) and I felt like I was doing everything I could to help my body fight the cancer, including following the medical staff’s recommendations to help me through the radiation. I may have not liked applying the creams and ointments that were supposed to minimize burns, but why would I not listen to the professionals? They knew what they were doing – I had little for burns. 

Throughout that time, I applied my coping tools to stay positive and relied on my faith in God. 

After my last radiation treatment, I enthusiastically ‘rang the bell’ to celebrate – phone in hand so my husband could share in the joyful sound. A picture was taken of me at that moment and I carried that picture with me for at least three years. I also stopped in to say hello to the radiation team a few times. I needed to see my name on the banner of cancer survivors.

A couple weeks after completing radiation treatment I had a breakdown. After two months of intense medical care and active support, I felt alone. I was crying a lot, not sleeping well and was just generally not myself. I was also having physical symptoms with the lymphedema and with joint pain, a common side effect of the aromatase inhibitor.  No one seemed to understand. Even I didn’t understand what I was going through, but I knew I had to get help. After a couple of false starts, I was referred to a therapist specializing in cancer diagnoses. I discovered that I had a lot of anger – at the cancer and at how my life had changed. I needed to learn how to live as a cancer survivor. 

During radiation, the nurse educator often recommended the Breast Cancer Support Group. I was reluctant, but when I finally attended these wonderful women were there for me. They listened and shared their experiences on living and managing life after cancer. They encouraged me to join some activities with other survivors. Again, I was reluctant. However, I continued to attend the support group at Hope Lodge on the first Wednesday of each month.

Eventually, the women convinced me to try one of Join the Journey’s survivor activities – Dragon Boat Paddling. Me, who is afraid of water and panics if unable to touch bottom with her feet. I decided to give it a try. “Why not? Look at what I’ve already gone through.” Dragon Boating became a whole new world for me. The support and camaraderie among other survivors was wonderful. The fear of water also dissipated. 

Later, they had me join in with the Relay for Life event. Again, these women had me meeting more survivors who were living full lives. I’m very thankful. 

A highlight of my dragon boat experience was participating in an International Dragon Boat Festival in Florida, which consisted of 3000 breast cancer survivors from around the world competing in dragon boat races. During the training, our team worked on ‘power paddling’, which is an all-body workout. I was gaining strength back from what I had lost after surgery and I felt wonderful. Two-years after my cancer diagnosis, my bone density test revealed osteopenia. However, after the power paddling training my bone density improved and is now normal.

During my journey I learned much about myself. I learned to listen to my gut and advocate for myself.  After years of struggling with debilitating joint pain from my cancer meds, I convinced my oncologist to discuss alternatives and experiment with options; we eventually settled on Tamoxifen, which I have tolerated well.

Cancer also helped me to move on with my life. My career as a counselor was a challenge. After obtaining another position, my physical symptoms created difficulty managing the demands of the job. I was struggling with job satisfaction and stability, and eventually realized that I could not continue a career I was unhappy with into old age. I “retired” from my position and fell into a job as a cook.  I have always loved to cook. Why didn’t I think of this before? The job is physical. I have become stronger than I can remember and I don’t have any more problems with lymphedema. It’s said that breast cancer survivors need to exercise and stretch. I get this at my job. I am living proof that exercise will improve your health. 

I have also learned that having cancer is not the death sentence I heard about as a child. I have reached my five-year mark of being cancer-free.  I am happy and feel so healthy.  It has been an emotional journey and learning process.  My journey continues but I stay in the present. I have learned from so many cancer survivors and am blessed. Imagine, cancer became a gift.

Make Waves with our Making Waves Floating Fellowship!

Want to beat the heat this summer? Join us for our Making Waves Dragon Boating Fellowship every Wed evening behind Silver Lake fire station starting at 5:45 pm. Free, and no experience necessary; safety equipment provided. Contact Carol Phillips at makingwavesteam@gmail.com for more information.

Pink Ribbon Mentors 
By Linda M. Swan


Monday is for Gratitude; a reminder to take just a few minutes out of the day and reflect on the people and opportunities for which you are most grateful. This was one of the many messages a few dozen Pink Ribbon Mentors and their invited guests heard at the first ever Pink Blossom Festival.  This educational conference for mentors and mentees was held at the beautiful Assisi Heights on a brilliant Saturday in April.  The theme of the day was Body, Mind and Spirit with a balance of activities and speakers.  And, in this attendee’s opinion, it was a huge success.  See for yourself.

The day started off with breakfast and introductions and then some great warm up activities led by T’ai Chi Chih and Qigong instructor, Bonnie Sokolov. Nothing beats deep breathing and gentle stretching to get an audience relaxed and receptive! Then there was a conversation about nutrition by Lisa Dierks, RDN, LD, Mayo Medical Center.  Lisa’s message that good nutrition is more about moderation and balance than about saying no to one’s favorite food was a welcome one!  After some food preparation demonstrations and yummy tastings, there were opportunities to ask Lisa specific questions about nutrition. Then, Lori Mickelson, a Program Manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayo, shared her personal story of breast cancer and the particular challenges that year held for her.  Lori’s message was a powerful reminder to all the mentors on why we mentor, the importance of encouragement and hope during difficult times.  After a delicious lunch, Vicki Snyder, a certified laughter leader, had us in stitches and provided us with a week’s worth of mottos to live by through her personal anecdotes.  Finally, our keynote speaker, Dr. Richa Sood of the Mayo Clinic, shared with us a bit on brain science and then techniques for building a more resilient and happier you.  Breaks were filled with conversation, laughter and mini beauty sessions from Serenity Couture.  

Representatives from Mayo’s Cancer Education Program were also there to share with us the story of the Mandala. A Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle and the activity of creating mandalas, beautiful and colorful circles of meaning, is being used to promote mindfulness and release tension, anxiety and fear in cancer patients.

On asking my guest what she liked most about the first ever Pink Blossom Festival, she simply said ‘everything’.   After months of treatment, who doesn’t enjoy a day of rejuvenation, relaxation, laughter and, above all, friendship?!  This was an opportunity for many mentees to see that they truly are not on this journey alone.   Everyone in attendance was especially appreciative of Join the Journey and the Pink Blossom organizing committee for making this special day possible. Here is hoping that the Pink Blossom Festival becomes an annual event.

Extended Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer
- Minetta C. Liu, MD

Adjuvant endocrine therapy is associated with significant reductions in the risk of recurrence and mortality from early stage, hormone receptor positive breast cancer.1 Available agents in this setting include the antiestrogen tamoxifen and the aromatase inhibitors anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane. A number of treatment paradigms exist. Selection of a particular regimen for the individual patient relies on a careful assessment of relative benefit versus toxicity. For premenopausal women, options include (i) five years of tamoxifen; (ii) five years of tamoxifen in combination with ovarian function suppression; (iii) five years of an aromatase inhibitor in combination with ovarian function suppression; and (iv) ten years of tamoxifen. For postmenopausal women, options include (i) five years of an aromatase inhibitor; (ii) five years of tamoxifen; (iii) 2-3 years of tamoxifen followed by an aromatase inhibitor to complete a five year course; (iv) five years of tamoxifen followed by five years of an aromatase inhibitor; and (v) ten years of tamoxifen.
Despite the number of well-constructed, prospective, randomized clinical trials addressing the topic of endocrine therapy, the optimal timing and scheduling of tamoxifen and the aromatase inhibitors remains unknown. In addition, some patients and physicians have extrapolated from previous studies and extended the period of exposure to an aromatase inhibitor beyond five years acknowledging that the risk of recurrence of hormone receptor positive breast cancer appears to persist indefinitely.1,2 Until now, the decision to extend therapy has been made in the absence of relevant clinical trial data.  
Results of the MA.17R clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00754845) are now available to assist in making decisions regarding continuation of an aromatase inhibitor beyond five years.3 This phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial enrolled 1,918 postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer who had received 4.5 to 6 years of an aromatase inhibitor either as initial treatment or after any duration of prior tamoxifen. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive letrozole or placebo for five years, and study treatment began within two years of completing initial treatment with the aromatase inhibitor. The primary endpoint was disease-free survival, defined as the time from randomization to either (1) a recurrence of breast cancer in the breast, chest wall, regional lymph nodes, or distant sites; or (2) the development of a new primary breast cancer.
Approximately 90% of patients started letrozole or placebo within six months of completing prior therapy. Median follow-up was 6.3 years. The five-year rate of disease-free survival was 95% for patients receiving letrozole versus 91% for patients receiving placebo, with a total of 67 versus 98 disease free survival events, respectively. Letrozole was also associated with a reduction in the annual incidence of contralateral breast cancer (0.21% in the letrozole group versus 0.49% in the placebo group). Five year overall survival was 94% for women receiving letrozole versus 93% for women receiving placebo; this improvement was not statistically significant.
No significant impact on overall quality of life or menopause-specific quality of life was detected through use of validated questionnaires. However, prolonged treatment with letrozole was associated with a higher incidence of bone related toxicities, including bone pain (18 versus 14%), fractures (14 versus 9%), and new onset osteoporosis (11 versus 6%). Careful monitoring of symptoms and bone mineral density, and recommendations for maximizing bone health are therefore required in order to mitigate these potential complications.
In summary, postmenopausal women with early stage breast cancer benefit from extended endocrine therapy that consists of five years of letrozole following five years of an aromatase inhibitor either as initial treatment or after any duration of prior tamoxifen. The additional therapy is associated with a small but statistically significant improvement in disease-free survival and a reduction in contralateral breast cancer. The decision to pursue this course of therapy must be individualized by balancing a patient’s estimated risk of recurrence with the impact of the aromatase inhibitor on her quality of life and bone health.
Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group. Aromatase inhibitors versus tamoxifen in early breast cancer: patient-level meta-analysis of the randomised trials. Lancet 2015. 386: 1341–52.
Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group. Relevance of breast cancer hormone receptors and other factors to the efficacy of adjuvant tamoxifen: patient-level meta-analysis of randomised trials. Lancet 2011. 378: 711–84.
Goss PE, Ingle JN, Pritchard KI, et al. Extending aromatase-inhibitor adjuvant therapy to 10 years. New Engl J Med 2016. Published on-line ahead of print.

Making Waves, a floating fellowship
By Sue Whitcomb

Paddles Up! Take it away! The 2016 dragon boat season has begun.  After a winter of social gatherings to check out area restaurants, attend movies, color, walk, and more, Waves of Hope hit the water May 18th. For our first paddle, we had almost a full boat of paddlers and the night was gorgeous. The weather was warm and Silver Lake looked like glass.  It was a perfect night to get back into the swing of things under the capable leadership of our captain, Carol Phillips, and the assistance of her husband, Ron, who does an awesome job of putting the boat in the water. Karen Canzanello, our stern, kept us on course through the evening. Kathy Williamson was there to provide instruction for new paddlers and to help with loading and unloading the boat. Best of all was being on the water with a great group of strong women who talked and laughed and, oh yeah, paddled.

This season is shaping up quickly, with our first race on June 18 in Madison, Wisconsin. We will be combining with the Breast of Friends team from Dubuque to paddle. If you have never met the Dubuque team, they are a hoot! At the end of a day of paddling with them, the sorest muscles are not our arms from paddling but our tummy muscles from laughing so hard and so often.

Following our first race, Waves of Hope and Making Waves will again be in the Rochesterfest Parade on June 24th.  The parade route is a bit of a hike but in the company of so many strong women it is fun and rewarding. Come on down and give us a shout-out as we go by. It’s wonderful to see familiar faces in the crowd! And as always, there is laughter and great conversation as we wait for our turn to start moving down the parade route. Did I mention that there is an almost limitless supply of Tootsie Rolls involved, too?

Over the course of the summer, there will be more dragon boat festivals to participate in with the emphasis on having fun more than winning races. There is something exhilarating about the festival environment and seeing so many breast cancer survivors showing their strength and spirit! While it is fantastic to walk away with a medal (and it happens sometimes), it is even better to leave a festival with fun memories and newfound friends.

We are always welcoming new paddlers, so feel free to join us Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. behind the old fire station on Silver Lake. The paddling is a perfect form of exercise for survivors – building upper body strength and improving shoulder flexibility.  The socialization is a perfect way to meet others who share your journey. Life jackets and paddles are provided and all survivors and supporters are welcome to drop in. If you’d like to come but aren’t sure you want to paddle, come to check us out and join in with our warm-up stretching, then enjoy a walk or do some dock-side cheering for the paddlers.  And don’t forget the last Wednesday of every month is Family Paddle and Picnic Night, where spouses, children and friends are invited to see what dragon boating is all about. Questions? Contact Carol Phillips at makingwavesteam@gmail.com.

Making Waves 2016 Summer Schedule:
  • June 18: Capital Lakes DragonFest, Madison, WI
  • June 24: Rochesterfest Parade
  • June 29: Family Paddle and Picnic Night
  • July 15: Olmsted County Relay for Life
  • July 16: Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, La Crosse, WI
  • July 27: Family Paddle and Picnic Night
  • August 13: Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Ft. Dodge, IA
  • August 31: Family Paddle and Picnic Night
  • September 10 & 11: Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival, Dubuque, IA

Join the Journey 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

September 18, 2016 is the big day for the 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  Come join us as we support and celebrate all breast cancer survivors and honor those who have completed their journey.  The walk will start at Mayo High School at 9am.  Doors will open at 7:30am for pre-walk festivities, including breakfast treats.  Come and experience the wonderful atmosphere of hope, support and courage that occurs as walkers come together.  As always you can walk the full ten miles, ten steps, or anywhere in between.  Don’t forget to take a dragon boat ride at Silver Lake during your walk. The Five Mile Stop, also at Silver Lake, will be filled with walkers, music and snacks, so plan to make that a part of your walk experience as well. Catering by Design will once again provide a fantastic lunch after the walk in the Mayo Cafeteria.
We encourage you to gather your team, pre-register at www.jointhejourney.us and don’t forget to start your fundraising now!  The top three teams that receive the most donations for Join the Journey will be announced at lunch. The registration fee is still only $50 for adults, $15 for youth ages 3 to 18, and free for those under 3.  This donation includes your Join the Journey t-shirt, lunch, and all other festivities.
We can’t end without a very special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, many of whom have been with us for all 12 years!  Without their hard work and dedication, none of this would be possible!
See you at the walk!
Your Co-Chairs,
Crystal Kittridge and Tanya Strasser

Pictures of the Quarter: Top left photo: Sue Whitcomb's Welcome to Life Fundraiser, May 26. Top right photo: Making Waves paddling. Bottom photo: Making Waves photo from our dragon boat taken by Sue Whitcomb. Send us your JTJ pics to info@jointhejourney.us and see your picture here!

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