Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.

walkers parade during closing ceremonies

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer– Charlotte was inspiring and challenging.
It was an unforgettable experience and I am so glad I did it. For the event in Charlotte we raised $2.3 million dollars with over 2,000 walkers.
The weekend consisted of walking 26.2 miles on Saturday and 13.1 miles on Sunday to raise money and awareness about breast cancer.
I saw God throughout the entire event. He helped me physically get through the 39 + mile walk. I saw His beauty in nature…the leaves changing colors, flowers blooming. I saw His love in people…the people that cheered for us and thanked us for walking, the survivors who shared their stories, the men and women walking, the youth volunteers.

halfway on day 1

I learned about myself and the reason we fight to end breast cancer. It is a disease that can destroy a person, family and friends no matter who they are. It is also something that can be stopped. We have the knowledge and abilities to end it and with the help of the walk, we have the resources. I am optimistic that I will live to see the end of breast cancer.
Some of my highlights:
  • seeing the sunrise on Sunday morning
  • meeting Brandi a woman walking for her best friend, a survivor of breast cancer
  • walking with Riley’s mom who has given of herself day after day and still chooses to give to others.
  • kids passing out pink lemonade on the route
  • picking flowers with Riley

sunrise on Sunday


Famous Elon Alumni article featured on Hercampus.com

My first article for Her Campus Elon is posted! You can see it here or read below.

Ever wonder who walked the halls of Moseley before you? Or if you’re sitting in the same spot on the Alamance Fountain as someone famous? Her Campus Elon has the answers to some famous Elon graduates!

Elon alumni work in a variety of settings –from musicals to sports teams to corporations. Here are just a few outstanding alumni:

Jack McKeon ’63 led the Florida Marlins to victory in the World Series in 2003. At age 72, McKeon was the oldest manager to reach the World Series.

Ashton Newhall ’98 is the founding general partner of an international venture capital firm and has raised more than $450 million working with three venture capital partnerships. Newhall has identified startup businesses in China, India, England and the United States.

Rich Blomquist ’00 joined the writing staff of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2003. He was part of the team that won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Jo Craven McGinty ’85 was a member of a reporting team at The Washington Post that captured the Pulitzer Prize Gold Award for Public Service in 1999. She also helped produce a series for The New York Times that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Frank Haith ’88 is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Miami.

Nick Cooper ’94 is making a name for himself in Hollywood as a singer and vocal coach. In addition to performing on “American Idol,” “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show,” Cooper has coached clients such as Beyonce Knowles and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Alex Ellis ’05 landed the lead role in a national Broadway tour. Just months after graduating from Elon, she began touring as Millie in the Broadway play “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Donna Hill Oliver ’72 was named North Carolina Teacher of the Year in 1986 and National Teacher of the Year in 1987.

Kenneth Utt ’42 won the Academy Award for his work as producer of “The Silence of the Lambs.” He also produced “Philadelphia,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “The French Connection.”

Laith al-Majali ’05 edited and produced “Captain Abu Raed,” winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Audience Award. The film was the first to emerge from Majali’s native Jordan in 50 years.

Douglas Finberg ’94 is the senior vice president of international marketing for Paramount Pictures. His credits include, “Kung Fu Panda,”  “Iron Man,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ” and “Mission Impossible 3.”

Candyce Marsh ’03 is the owner and founder of Candyce Marsh Racing. Marsh is the first African American woman to compete in a professional drag race.

Deborah Yow ’74 is the first woman to head the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association (at N.C. State University).

Katherine Southard, 2007 graduate of Elon University represented North Carolina in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas on Jan. 30, 2010.

Emily Rice ’10 and Eric Mann ’10 have been cast in the national tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

Chris Wood ‘10 and Erin Burniston ’10 are on the national tour of Spring Awakening.

Elon Master’s graduate Steven Stiegel appeared on ‘Jeopardy!’ May 2009.

Source: Elon University website

Blog Action Day

I first learned about Blog Action day while reading an article on Huffington Post and knew I wanted to contribute. It is a great idea – uniting blogs around one cause.
So….What is it? Blog Action Day, created by Envato founders Collis and Cyan Ta’eed in effort to unite the diverse blogosphere under one cause, will be celebrating its third anniversary under Change.org’s umbrella on Friday, October 15.
What’s the cause?  This year’s theme is water.  “Clean water is an important but often-overlooked cause. Change.org estimates almost 1 billion people across the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s nearly one in eight people who are subject to preventable disease and death due to poor drinking water and unhygienic water for everyday needs. Approximately 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities.”
What can you do?
  • Learn about the issue
  • Sign the petition to provide clean water everywhere
  • Donate online or start a fundraising campaign to provide access to clean water
  • Blog about it yourself and join the campaign
  • Tweet about what you’re doing to conserve and/or raise awareness about water with the Blog Action Day hashtag #BAD10
  • Conserve water.  Take shorter showers. Turn off the tap as you brush your teeth or shave