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Local teen walks for a cure
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60 miles...I can do that, is the motto for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walk. It was also Taylor Willoughbys motto when she participated in the walk in late October.

Willoughby, a sophomore at Dawson County High School (DCHS), was inspired to walk by fellow friends and teachers. Willoughby was one of the youngest to walk at 16 years old.

I wanted to walk for my travel softball teammates mother and several teachers at my school, who have fought breast cancer, she said.

A 60-mile walk can be a challenge for anyone and each walker has to push through at a difficult moment.

I hyper-extended both of my knees on day two, Willoughby said, that was probably the toughest part of the walk.

Of course I was in pain, but I looked around and saw people walking with broken hips and banged-up bodies, and I realized that I could finish it if they could, she added. I remember walking through the gates at Turner Field and the finish line. I saw my boyfriend, and I wasnt expecting him to be there. Then, I saw my mom and I started to cry. My boyfriend picked me up and carried me the whole 2 miles to the truck. It was so sweet.

Willoughby is already preparing for next years walk. She will be selling t-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness. The proceeds will go towards her fund raising efforts to walk in 2012. She is also creating her fundraising page through the Susan G. Komen website. This page will make it easy for anyone to donate funds that are necessary for her to walk. Willoughby had to

raise $2,300 in order to participate in Octobers walk.

I received most of my funding from car shows, my school, friends, and family, she stated.

Willoughby said despite the pain that she really enjoyed the challenge of the walk.

It was awesome! she replied. I want to have the opportunity to do it every year. I would love to get a tattoo in recognition of every year I walk - but I dont know what mom would think about that.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight against breast cancer. Participants walk 60 miles in three days and help raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and patient support programs. For more information and to register, visit the3day.org, or call 800-996-3DAY.

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