Over 16 years have passed since my beautiful mom, Roma beat her battle with Breast Cancer! With each day that passes, we remember her strength and vigour in beating the odds! Today we are more appreciative than ever for her strength as on September 29, 2016 our world was rocked as we suddenly lost our Dad while in the midst of a tennis game. Although we are so grateful that he did not suffer for even a moment, the adjustment to this new reality is torcherous! Together our extended family has banded together for mutual support as our regal Mom immediately assumed the leading matriarchal role.
This is my 15th year of participating in this amazing event and it has become a family event with my husband Mark being my inspiration through training, encouragement and the team manager, without whom I would be lost. My sister Pauline being his assistant in charge of foot massages, warm soup and a decorated team vehicle following us along the way. My brother Danny being the official Roma's Roses chauffeur was chauffeuring Mom and Dad from one cheering station to the next and shadowing Mom as she walked part of the way. Now we will depend on him to never leave her side! My sister-in-law Robyn and best friend Mandi prepare our annual end of walk feast for one and all including Roma's 3 Great Grandchildren!!! The support team of Roma's Roses now represents four generations!!
As always, hearing the stories of those that were lost, those in the midst of the battle and the legacy of the survivors makes an indelible mark on me throughout my year of training. Of course, walking part of the way with my beautiful mother, a true survivor is all the encouragement I need to take each step.Once again, I look to you for support in honouring the strength of every survivor and the memory of those lost. Please give generously and one day our lives may be free of this disease. I am grateful to each one of you who show your applause of Roma's strength with your donation and your belief in me to once again complete this journey. Thank you so much and on your behalf, I will take each step with pride, vigour and determination! Annette..a petal from Roma's Roses
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