CLINTON — Clinton resident Alice Smith will travel to Seattle next month and walk 60 miles to help raise funds to fight breast cancer.

Smith will join hundreds of people walking this summer in several three-day, 60-mile walks held in various cities across the United States to raise funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Beginning Sept. 7 and continuing through Sept. 9, Smith will walk 20 miles per day to raise money for breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

Smith was motivated to join the three-day walk after watching a touching television commercial about a man who lost his wife to breast cancer. She said the commercial made her think of her mother, who survived diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer twice.

“I have not met anyone yet that does not know someone who has been affected somehow by this terrible cancer,” said Smith. “My mother is a breast cancer survivor of two battles. I am walking for her and several co-workers and friends that have also survived this cancer.”

Smith will take part in the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, starting on Sept. 7. She will cover 20 miles per day, traveling at her own pace.

“This is going to be a wonderful journey for me, the biggest thing I have done in my 51 years of life,” she said.

“As a breast cancer three-day participant, I have an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivorship, honor those who lost their lives to the disease, and ultimately, have an enormous impact on awareness and funding for breast cancer research and community outreach programs.”

Smith has been training for the event for several months, gradually increasing the distance she walks each day.

“I haven’t quite got to 20 miles yet, but I got to 16 miles,” said Smith. “But I’ll do it, I know I can do it.”

She added that participants are supported by coaches during the walk, as well as volunteer crew members who provide meals, liquid and snack stops, gear transport, hot showers, portable restrooms, safety and 24-hour medical services.

Before participating in the walk, Smith must raise $2,200 in donations.

She began raising funds months ago by using her creative talents to make crafts, such as sewing and crocheting potholders.

“I was making a lot of potholders and people at work were buying them. I’ve sold some things on eBay and I have been letting people sign my walk shirt for $1 to raise the money,” she said.

Smith currently is approximately $800 short of the total amount needed and is hoping the Gateway area community will help her help others.

“A lot of people have been very generous so far,” said Smith. “Breast cancer is just such a devastating thing and I want to help rid the world of it. So I’d like to exceed the $2,200.”

To help Smith reach her goal, donations may be made directly to her online donation page at www.the3day.org/seattle07/alicesmith. For more information on the walk, visit www.the3day.org.

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