A Word From Our Founder

breast cancerI am a six-year breast cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive form of breast cancer in December of 2010.  After multiple surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy, I started on the road to recovery.

One of the things that helped me through this journey was the support I received from my community.

When I moved to the High Country two years ago, I witnessed so many businesses and members of the public who supported breast cancer research during October—Breast Cancer Awareness month.  My dream is to bring all of the businesses involved in supporting the breast cancer awareness activities together under one “umbrella”.

With so much support within our community, it is just a matter of time until other organizations come to the High Country to organize a walk for breast cancer research.  While many organizations that hold these events are wonderful, some of the money they raise in the High Country is usually taken out of our community and used elsewhere.

The goal of the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is to raise funds by organizing events such as the High Country Walk for Breast Cancer Research, so that funds raised are awarded through scholarships to the men and women fighting breast cancer LOCALLY.  The scholarships can be used for various activities in support of the survivor and his/her family—all in an effort to show the patient that the community is fighting the fight with them.

 Some of the scholarships will provide money for:

  • Child care expenses so that a survivor can go to his/her chemotherapy session without worrying about the care and safety of his/her children.
  • Wigs, hats, and other head gear so that a newly-bald survivor will feel comfortable going out into the community without embarrassment.
  • Support classes for caregivers.
  • Nutritional education.
  • Therapeutic classes:  yoga; music; exercise; family equine therapy; lunch & learn; career counseling (I was fired from my job of 20 years when I became ill); career workshops; aquatic exercise; counseling.
  • Transportation to doctor, hospital, and counseling appointments.
  • Support groups for survivors.

The First Annual High Country Walk for Breast Cancer is the first event for the Foundation.  We formally requested and received the Town of Blowing Rock’s permission to hold the event on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., in coordination with the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival.

  • The walk/run will be a 5K fun run and walk, with turnoffs for a 1, 2, and 3K walk.  We will begin at the American Legion building in Blowing Rock.  The walk will continue as follows:
  • Walk around perimeter of Mayview Lake to Devant Field
  • Laurel Lane to Wonderland Drive to Mayview to Wonderland
  • On to Laurel Lane, back to the Devant Ball Field, to Mayview Lake, and finish the race at the American Legion Building.

We have set a goal of 200 attendees for this fundraising event.

We have now, and will always have, a 100% volunteer team—again showing the kind of tremendous support people in the High Country have to help their neighbors fight this horrible disease that strikes so many families.