Survivors and friends and family who love them know that breast cancer can be a formidable foe. At the Pink Plumber, we realize that facing cancer head-on takes optimism and courage, which is why we’re sharing the uplifting stories of the following breast cancer warriors, who have participated in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer produced by It’s the Journey.
Cassie Brown likes to refer to herself as a “2-Day Lifer,” and for good reason. Since becoming involved with the 2-Day Walk in 2010, she’s served as a moto rider, B’Rest Stop crew member and walker.
Initially, Cassie joined the cancer walk, because her good friend Kerri Beaulieu, a longtime 2-Day crew member, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tables turned in March 2013 when Cassie also received a breast cancer diagnosis. Despite being in the middle of treatment, Cassie participated in the 2013 2-Day Walk training sessions. She wasn’t able to ride her motorcycle that year, but she did help pass out drinks and snacks at the training walk B’Rest Stops.
It’s the Journey awarded Cassie, who is now cancer free, for her bravery facing cancer and volunteer efforts when they gave her the Randi Passoff Spirit Award at the It’s the Journey 2013 2-Day Walk.
A breast cancer survivor and longtime member of the 2-Day walk since 2004, Susan Droege has volunteered in a wide variety of capacities. Those duties have included route making, cupcake baking, and as Event Services Captain. This latter job includes overseeing check-ins, as well as the 2-Day Store and Concierge. Once the 2-Day Walk is done, Susan’s work is not done, as she works tirelessly all year long for the cause at the 2-Day office.
A member of It’s the Journey’s 2015 Hall of Fame, Susan currently owns Droege ATA Martial Arts with her husband, Todd. She also served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and retired as a Master Sergeant. Susan is committed to volunteering for her church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
A longtime volunteer at the 2-Day Walk, Adina Fink honors a very special person when she donates her time and energy to the cause. She participates each year as a crew member in honor of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer. This year (2016) is Adina’s 11th 2-Day Cancer Walk.
Adina, whose day job is as a program analyst, became a crew director in 2014. Her duties in this position are many, including creating the route, selecting the locations for rest stops, and researching specifics, such as obtaining permits and creating time lines. The crew she manages comprises almost 250 volunteers. Each year Adina’s father, Mark, comes from Michigan to volunteer on the 2-Day Crew.
Hopefully these stories of breast cancer survival and volunteering for the cause have encouraged you. Remember that when you hire the Pink Plumber, a portion of every job goes to the fight against Breast Cancer. For plumbing assistance, contact the Pink Plumber today.