By Maureen Robertson
An estimated 20 Ramona women are getting ready for the 60-mile, Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk from Del Mar Fairgrounds to Petco Park, Nov. 18-20. Rain is forecast, but that won’t stop them. It poured during last year’s walk to raise money for breast cancer research and education, and they kept walking.
Each woman raises about $2,300 to walk. Some do it as a team, and some do it as individuals.
In September, the four-member Ramona Beauties team raised all of their money at a wine tasting fundraiser in Ramona Beauty Supply & Salon in downtown Ramona.
In October, the two-member Ramona Streetwalkers team of Gina Walter and Darlene Scott raised most of the fundraising goal at their Bingo for A Cure party in the Rotunda in San Diego Country Estates.
On Tuesday morning, Walter said she had raised about $2,100 and Scott was about $400 shy of the goal. Donations may be made to both online at the3day.org by clicking on “Donate to a Participant.”
The Rotunda was full with tables inside and out at the Streetwalkers’ Bingo for a Cure. Ramona High School teachers Robert Grace and Steve Koch served as energetic disc jockeys, with support from RHS student Cassidy Blandenbaker, and school board member Kim Lasley, aided by five RHS Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, prepared the food and helped set up, serve and clean up after the event.
Somber moments and tears mixed with the evening’s upbeat tone as breast cancer survivors were recognized and those who lost their battle with the disease were remembered.
Breast cancer is personal for Scott and Walter. Both have lost family members to the disease and, when Scott’s son was 3 months old, she learned she had breast cancer. Her son, a freshman at RHS, will be 15 in December, and this is her sixth year walking in the 3-Day.
An advocate of early detection, Scott told the group, “If they find it, they treat it.”
“Life is about taking one day at a time,” she said.
Looking out at all in the crowded room, she added, “I can’t tell you how proud I am of being here tonight” before asking for moments of silence for those battling the disease and those who have died.