Chocolate chip coconut pancakes and almond croissants.
Learning about my Walkers and their inspiration for walking.
My neighbor who has been battling breast cancer for the last year and just finished her radiation.
The English Countryside
The event may only last 48 hours, but it takes a whole 365 days to plan and prepare!
Dare-aoke! A version of karaoke, but this involves daring family or friends to sing certain songs, and if they decline they must donate $10. For $20, they can dare someone else to sing it instead.
Boxing. Physical activity is my number one way to release all of my thoughts and feelings.
The energy you give off is the energy you will receive.
My 12 year old daughter recently applied to be on the AVON 39 Youth Crew. Her responses to the essay questions were amazing. It inspires me how passionate she is about being part of the cure.
That it is more than just a walk. It is an event that can be life changing in so many ways. It is a commitment to make a difference one step and one donation at a time.
I remind myself of the women (and men) who are battling breast cancer each day. I want to be my very best so that they will have a tomorrow.
I love spending one-on- one time with each of my children. They have a way of keeping me grounded and motivating me to be my very best.
Seeing all the team's hard work translate into a great on-site experience for the Crew, volunteers, and most importantly, Walkers.
The amount of tiny details that go into planning the event. You might not see them, but they all add up and can determine how smoothly the event runs.
Everyone on the team has such a wealth of talent and knowledge it pushes me to keep bettering myself to be on their level.
Playing sports - usually football, softball, or basketball. When I'm on the field I can forget about everything that's bothering me and just focus on the game.
Cheese and Bangers and Mash.
I love hearing encouraging stories from participants every day telling me who they are earning their 39 for; whether it's for a daughter, mother, uncle, or themselves.
You actually DO have to train. It's not a walk in the park.
Listening to the inspiring conversations that the Coaches have with their Walkers.
Knowing that life is short so you have to start crossing things off the bucket list ASAP.
Hands down, my Mom. At the age of 51 she has beat 2 kinds of cancer and still looks fabulous!
I think when people first think about a "walk," they don't think it is that difficult, no matter how long it is; but this Walk is NOT easy and A LOT of training goes into it.
Control what you can control and move on.
Avocados and chocolate covered almonds
Day in and day out I work alongside the most amazing people. Not only am I in awe of the Crew, Volunteers, and participants, but I am blown away by the passion and dedication of my co-workers.
Don't be afraid to take a bump along the way! We've bused almost 22,790 participants.
Do something everyday that scares you.
What's inspired me lately is the group of 39ers, many of them survivors, that I interviewed over the holidays for our AVON 39 2016 ad campaign.
What I love most about the work I do every day is that I'm able to inspire others with my writing -- and to make a difference in the life of the reader.
I stay motivated by always mixing it up. No one ever achieved anything great from the position of comfort. Being comfortable is the slowest route to success.
The best advice I've received was from Mr. Aaron Morse founder of Kiehl's: "I love what I do. And that's the trick of life. Love what you do. Put your heart into it, and you will be rewarded."
I'm inspired by the breast cancer survivors who participate in the event. If they can do it, then anyone can.
My passionate co-workers. We are all spread around the country working on different moving parts, but at the end of the day it's for the common goal of crushing breast cancer.
My son motivates me because I want to show him that you should always give your best.
I think any fundraising event that provides drinks and a good time definitely encourages people to donate.
#1 - French Fries - and I'm a purist - Potatoes and Salt... done! My #2- Frikadeller - which are basically Danish meatballs pan fried in butter. Awesome.
You can customize your 39 to make it your own. Walk a marathon, or the whole 39; be a part of a team or not. It's up to you!
Our work in the fight against breast cancer is not done. There is sill more to do, and every day is another opportunity to move the needle.
Believe in yourself. You can achieve anything that you put your mind to.
We show them right there in the closing ceremony which beneficiaries are receiving the donations they’ve raised.
Doing a fundraiser at the bar where every time someone orders a specific drink, proceeds will be donated to AVON 39.
Going for fresh air on the balcony.
Never get too comfortable.Always aim to level up.
No matter how bad of a day I am having, personally or professionally, I know that something I did changed someone's life. That keeps me going.
My Aunt Karen. She has had breast cancer twice, a mastectomy, a hysterectomy, and now has metastatic breast cancer. She can't win. But she keeps living as much as she can. She is so cute.
Getting lost in a city that I don't know.
Every piece of advice is invaluable. Life is too hard to navigate on my own.
Activists raising their voices around the country around social justice issues - people dedicated to creating a better world are my inspiration.
Laughter is the best motivation - I always try to find joy around me, which motivates me to be better.
Italy - combines all of the things I love: art, coffee, food, wine.
Eleanor Roosevelt's famous quote: "Do the thing you think you cannot do."
Working on an event that brings so much joy and love to people's lives is pretty amazing. We have so many alumni that have participated 10+ years at multiple events.
My younger sister. She was born with complications and was in and out of the hospital the first couple years of her life. She is such a tough human being. She went through so much as a baby.
How dedicated our participants are. I have seen countless Walkers cross the finish in tears. Whether they are walking for themselves or in honor of someone, they are determined to finish strong.
My family. They came to this country for a reason, and failure is not an option.
At the 2016 Santa Barbara walk, I met up with one of my Walkers from years past, and seeing her so full of energy and empowered, and so ready to take on any challenge that she could, was amazing!
I love watching my participants conquer their goals, and all the breakthroughs that come with that journey.
My mom. Her treatment journey was difficult on many levels, but she came through it spunkier than ever, and now she lives every day to it's fullest!
Not everyone walks all 39 miles (shhh!), and that's just fine.
Bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, and pizza!!
I have a few friends going through treatments and having surgeries. Their courage, strength, and hope is so admirable to witness! They have inspired me to live each day to the fullest!!
Connecting with people and helping them come up with creative fundraising ideas ;)
To stay motivated, you need to set goals...and work toward achieving them daily! I love setting a goal, working hard to achieve the goal...then setting a new goal!
At its core, event production and logistics are really about creating incredible experiences for people, and that's what I love most.
The AVON 39 is really about connecting - so many participants start the Walk alone, and end it with many new friends.
I'm not a fan of hot weather, but I'll say any place where I can learn something new.
Hanging out with my family, especially my nephew, Raffaele. He's 2, and his energy is contagious!
An organization I have followed for years recently closed their doors because they achieved their mission! That's my goal for AVON 39 - let's find a cure!
I love calling my walkers when they hit their fundraising goals! I get to thank them for their hard work, and encourage them to aim even higher!
Your Walker Coach loves hearing from you! We get so excited every time a Walker calls or e-mails us back, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.
A Netflix marathon! There's nothing like a day of watching Friends to make me ready for the week ahead.
I love being able to make an impact. I get to talk to people and hear inspiring stories and help put an end to breast cancer!
I stay motivated by remembering why I do what I do. I think about how everyone knows someone affected by cancer and how I want that to change.
One of my walkers does a Oktoberbreast every year. She sets up tents in her back yard and serves food and beer.
Be thankful of where you are in life. Even when you feel like you're going nowhere. "Nowhere" with a space is now here. You are where you are for a reason.
Getting to know each Walker on a personal level. Everyone has a story - you just have to ask!
My mom. Five years cancer-free and counting!
Ireland. I studied there for a semester in college and would go back in a heartbeat!
"Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good."
New York is a constant inspiration for me. All walks of people and especially the hustle. It gives this feeling as if anything I set my mind to is achievable here.
Without a doubt, my grandmother. She's a tough Italian-American immigrant, single mother who raised 4 kids from Brooklyn. Also, I'm pretty sure she now reigns as Brooklyn's unsung knitting queen.
Stay thankful, stay positive and lots of coffee.
DIY booths are great way to share your talents while teaching others new skills! Having something you created to take home is such a great feeling.
Talking to/being around metric tons of individuals that have derived a passionate sense of purpose and strength from something sooooo painful.
When a 39er or the significant other of a 39er tells me that their outlook on life is much more positive because of the community they've joined by participating in our event.
I think about the people that are affected by my decisions and try remind myself that it's not about me.
Say no to things that are lesser in order to say yes to something greater.
I was recently inspired by one of my teenage Walkers, who was just so enthusiastic and excited to get started fundraising and training for her AVON 39 event.
My mom. We lost my dad when I was only 20, so she has been a widow for many years, supporting all three of her kids and helping us achieve our dreams, battling cancer along the way - and winning.
I think people would be surprised by the one-on-one support our walkers receive. That sets us apart from many other fundraising events.
To go back to college and follow my dreams. I recently graduated and my daughter and grandson were there to see it!
I love that it is my job to inspire people who are helping make a real difference. And that what they are doing inspires others. It's contagious!
The instant bond that occurs on the Walk. One moment you may be walking next to a complete stranger and the next moment you are laughing and crying together. The warmth is a beautiful thing.
I always love wine or dessert parties where it's a big tasting fest with friends. Yard sales are also great. When they know the money is being donated, people often give more.
Nothing compares to a walk outside to clear your mind and open your heart.
Learning how to garden and grow my own herbs and vegetables!
Meeting a diverse group of people and personalities. Everyone has a wonderful story to tell.
My mother. She has overcome so many obstacles in life, but meets each day with a positive attitude and gives so much of herself to others.
I'm always encouraged by the number of volunteers that take part in the event, as well as the communities that come out to show their support and cheer! The interaction is motivating!
Thoughts of my dreams and my family.
Never lose sight of your life goals.
Mission-style burritos. Anything with an abundance of fresh veggies
I get to spend my day helping other dedicated, passionate people do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as they can.
If someone is new to this kind of event, I think it may be surprising how absolutely transformative it is to experience being fully immersed in the AVON 39 community for the event weekend.
So many places I want to visit! Vienna. Naples. Tokyo. Copenhagen. Sydney. I love exploring new cities.
We're a diverse group working together towards the goal of ending breast cancer and that makes every day a good day at the office.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is an amazing community of artists and artisans. I'd love to go there and make all kinds of crafts!
Yoga, yoga and more yoga. If I’m stressed, there’s no better place to get rid of it than on my mat.
To let go of the things that no longer serve you; to make room for the things that will.
The 39ers I meet in each city. I leave each weekend bursting with inspiration.
That you CAN do it… walk the miles and raise the money! As we say, “It isn't easy, but that's what makes it worth it.”
Rather than indulging a negative thought, I try to choose the opposite one and look for the opportunity.
A Broadway show. Some people have expensive bags, I have a collection of 200+ Playbills from the shows I’ve seen.
Gnocchi and deep dish pizza.
I love hearing people's excitement when they reach their fundraising goal, or a milestone in their training.
Ask during tax season! Many people need write offs or they just received a good check from Uncle Sam and it's time to share! Remind them that all donations are tax deductible.
I like to exercise -- either a good walk, or taking a class at my local Y.
Veggie Nachos & Black Bean Burgers
I'm inspired by AVON 39's greatest asset, our people. Working side by side with people from different backgrounds and experiences inspires me to always be on the top of my game.
Knowing that everything I order, design, or touch is going to affect the participant experience motivates me to do the very best I can every day.
Hiking, camping, kayaking, climbing - anything outdoors!
When I see my community come together for a good cause.
That each Walker has their own AVON 39 fundraising coach to help them from start to finish.
I always try to stay positive by defining my day and not letting it define me. Think positive, be positive, and positive things will happen.
Never doubt that you are deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.
Being able to give of myself everyday to something greater than me.
It is so much more than a Walk - you are joining a supportive and loving community that will hopefully last a lifetime.
I think no matter what, you can never go wrong with honesty, authenticity and a little bit of humor.
Mediocre TV and Dominos 2 for $5.99.
The Chicago Cubs. AKA World Series Champs. Talk about never giving up, trying and trying again, working as a team, and inspiring a community. Just like AVON 39ers and everyone involved!
Anytime I can surround myself with mission motivated individuals, looking to help and inspire others, I consider myself very lucky. This work is exactly that.
AVON 39 allocates funds to provide support in several areas. From access to care programs to research initiatives - AVON 39 works to help those battling now and prevent others from having to battle breast cancer in the future.
Knowing that my best is always yet to come. I still have not met my best me and I work everyday to meet her!
Genuinely kind people - seeing selfless acts really helps me reflect on myself and my everyday actions.
How much the staff truly care about the work they are doing. It is never "just a job."
Thumb wars tournament! Talk about such a fun and basically free way to raise money.
There are no "what ifs." Once you choose a path you must do everything you can to ensure your own success.
My youngest daughter's friend Sean, 12, who passed away from cancer. The awareness, hope, and funds he raised all while battling a terrible disease is remarkable beyond words.
I love that at the end of the day, someone will benefit from the work we do on AVON 39. It's gratifying to know your efforts will result in making someone else's life a little better.
My dad. People often remark on my strength, but it's all from him. A Marine, he taught me how to persevere, believe in yourself, and that anything is possible if your heart is in the right place.
Anywhere I can go with my husband and our three daughters to disconnect from the daily stresses placed on each of us.
That achieving the impossible is more than possible.
To do lists! They keep me on track and nothing is more motivating than crossing something off the list. (And yes, if I do something that wasn't on the list I'll add it JUST so I can cross it off!) :)
Asking. Fundraising doesn't have to be complicated...you simply need to ask.
I. Must. See. New. York. During. The. Holidays!!
The Youth Crew! I love hearing why these dedicated kids want to join us every year.
I love working with people and helping them reach their goals, so working with the Crew is really valuable to me. Seeing how hard they work to make the event seamless is amazing!
A lot of us on the Staff have been Walkers, Crew or Volunteers, too! This event means just as much to us and has a huge place in our hearts.
Well, each year my husband and I go to Harry Potter World in Universal Studios Orlando and it's basically our dream come to life.
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos and Chicken Paprikash
My daughters. They are incredible human beings. I'm the luckiest parent in the world. They are passionate, cool people. What else can a mother ask for?
EVERYONE on the team wants to make a difference. EVERYONE sees a need to fill. It's not a job at the end of the day. I challenge anyone to find that person who thinks it is.
A person challenged me to raise $100 in 3 minutes. I walked around to as many people as I knew and asked them if I could borrow $5. Some gave me $10, some only had $2. I had over $250 at the end.
Sending money to beneficiaries. It is great seeing everyone's hard work get put toward great causes and research.
A sunny beach vacation with lots of sun, warm water, and pre-made sandwiches so I can stay out all day.
Watching a movie with my family in the living room.
Deep breaths and a full night's sleep work best for me.
My BFF, Carrol, is a 5-year survivor of breast cancer. She photo-documented her journey and now shares with newly diagnosed BC patients to show what she did to feel beautiful.
I love the challenge of finding solutions that remove barriers to get the project(s) launched and/or executed. Tactical to creative, the variety of projects keeps all my brain cells fired up!
My father, who lived a short but rich life of 59 years. His mantra was: "Do what you love for a living so it doesn't feel like work!"
Jamaica - it never gets old for me. I love the music, cuisine, and slower pace of life. People often miss out that Jamaica has a beautiful mountainous area with a plethora of streams and waterfalls.
My co-workers! Coming together and brainstorming with so many passionate people gets me super fired up!
The amount of blood, sweat & tears put into bringing the event to life! Starting my AVON 39 journey as a Walker, I never guessed those smiling faces had been up since 2:00 am to make my event special.
Do what you (and your network) love. Get people involved in something they love for the cause. Dancing, wine, hiking, sports... the possibilities are endless.
Hot Yoga or a nice glass of wine :)
Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Nuggets dipped in a Frosty from Wendy’s!
My THON child from Penn State. He beat cancer when he was only seven years old!!
I wake up every day believing that today will be the best day ever!
Take a nap while binge watching Netflix!
I'm from New York. Bagels and pizza.
My parents are the strongest people I know. My dad for showing strength and grace while battling a disease, and my mom for loving and taking care of him.
My motivation is knowing that in some way my work will truly help someone in need.
Maldives. In a hut over the water. Relaxing with my husband, daughter, and son.
Chicken and waffles. Separately, they're good. Combined, they're amazing.
That we immediately put the donations to use and don't hold on to them until after the events.
A few years ago when I was doing some fundraising, my team and I did a Tattoos for Charity night. We got some local artists to do cheap tattoos and donate the proceeds. I even got one myself.
My dad once told me when I was younger that, "People are going to love you and hate you no matter who you are or what you do. So why not always be yourself all the time?"
Tacos and a side salad with ranch.
Kind people. A smile from a stranger goes along way.
Don't be afraid to ask and be honest with your story. You will be surprised at how generous people will be.
Good music and good wine.
The close bonds you build with other Walkers and Crew members; it really is a family.
I think about all the people I know that have been touched by breast cancer and how my work can help bring an end to it!
In college we did a "Stuff Our Cups" fundraiser. Some guys bought really large bras and decorated them, then wore them to a football tailgate and asked people to stuff their cups with donations!
Baking. The smell of cookies in the oven calms me right down.
I love solving problems and implementing positive change. Every day I try to look at how we are working and make sure it is the most efficient and sensible way to work.
I am a serial list maker.
A week at the beach, unplugged, with my family.
Learn to step back from a problem, do something else and return later to solve it with a fresh look.
That it matters.
The people. It is one huge gathering of amazing people.
What I do today is to benefit tomorrow.
Always ask. If you don't ask, you don't give them the opportunity to say yes.
The world seen through the eyes of my three-year-old daughter.
Walking 39 miles may be hard, but it will be the most fun 39 miles you've ever walked!
The team and the moment a cancer survivor speaks about how they benefited from a treatment funded by the event.
Pizza and ANYTHING Mexican
Reminding myself that I am healthy and that there are many men and women out there who are not. Working for an organization like AVON 39 puts things into perspective, big time.
I suggested to a Walker who has a dog walking business to organize a dog walk for her campaign and charge an entrance fee. She thanked me over and over for coming up with the "best idea ever."
Visit all the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.
How the funds are distributed. Funds raised in each of our Walks could directly impact family and friends of our participants.
Pink ribbon tutus! I met a Boston 39er who raised over $500 by adding pink ribbons to the tutu she wore on event. Each pink ribbon represented a donation and a different person she was walking for.
Set high goals, strive to reach them. Remember the path chosen by God to get you there.
Altruistic strangers I've encountered in New York. I love stumbling upon random acts of kindness happening among the likeliest of characters.
I am inspired by people who truly want to make a difference. When I see their passion, it inspires me to want to make a difference, too.
People may be surprised by the advanced level of commitment and training it takes to walk 39 miles in 2 days. It's inspiring to see people motivate each other along the way.
I make sure to take time to reset and appreciate what I have in life. Good health, a great family, and wonderful friends. I'm truly grateful for these things.
A visit to the gym with my friends. There is nothing better than laughing yourself through your workout with good friends!
Knowing that what I do is helpful to people in the big picture.
Go for a walk in the woods.
I love being able to move people to action with my words.
I've always been super competitive and wanted to be the best at everything I've ever done. Isn't it kind of a no-brainer...I mean who wouldn't want to be awesome at everything??
Time in nature. I love trees and hiking especially. I'd climb trees, too, if it were age appropriate.
Love first, love second, love third, and when all else fails, love again.
People. The web of life is amazing. Imagine - every person you see anywhere has their own story, their own "thing" they are going through.
My stepdaughter, Catherine. She has Alopecia Areata and it has never stopped her from having such a beautiful and positive self-esteem.
Egypt and I will do it one day. I just want to touch a pyramid.
A nice cup of coffee and silence.
Problem solving - addressing the micro in service of the macro
Meditation and family. An early wake-up/brisk morning walk courtesy of the dog, the support of my lovely wife, a team of amazing coworkers, and black coffee.
Swimming, hiking, camping, exposure to nature. And heading home to see the folks.
Worry is a misuse of your imagination.
I love the people. Their stories and dedication to the treatment and cure of breast cancer.
Cuba. I love the old world style it has retained over the years.
My two dachshunds. They always make me laugh and make me feel better when I've had a hard day.
Never look back. Keep your eyes to the future and leave the past behind.
My grandma. She grew up in Communist Russia, lived through World War II, and eventually made her way to the United States not knowing any English. Not to mention she was a breast cancer survivor!
Staff camp out at Basecamp too!
I stay motivated to be my very best every day because our work here is not done. Cancer doesn't take a break and neither am I.
Costa Rica. Yoga on the beach, surfing, hiking, zip lining!
I love connecting with people and learning their personal stories and building connections.
My mentor from college, David Ives. He has had so many medical diagnoses and always puts people ahead of himself. He recently got nominated for a Nobel peace prize and he is still so humble!
Barcelona, Spain. I studied abroad there and I want to go back any chance I have!
Relax on a beach or somewhere outside in the fresh air.