“A couple of weeks ago my oldest cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Lane said. “She ended up having a lump [removed from] her breast. ... Her sister has already had a single mastectomy done about three years ago and their mother, which was my aunt [and] my momma’s sister, she died with cancer.”
To help fight this disease, Lane has participated in the 3-Day since 2010, either walking or serving behind the scenes as a crew member. Currently building up his endurance, he completes an 11-mile walk each week in preparation of the event in which participants average about 20 miles each day for three days.
“You walk with a lot of different people and you walk with breast cancer survivors,” Lane said. “I walk and I train with a lady. ... She had already [had] a double mastectomy. But buddy, I tell you what, that lady was fantastic, had a great outlook and just to hear her tell what she went through. It’s just inspiring to see those ladies out there participating.
“You see all those survivors out there. They’re giving it everything they’ve got, people from all backgrounds. And the people that I crewed with were just fantastic. The first year that I crewed at pit stop three, there were a couple of breast cancer survivors on that. It’s amazing the people that you meet and just the motivation that you can get out of those people.”
While 75 percent of the event’s net proceeds will assist Komen’s global research efforts, 25 percent will remain in the local community to assist with residents’ social, financial and medical concerns.
According to ww5.komen.org, “Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer — transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
• More early detection and effective treatment — Currently, about 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early. Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
• More hope — In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 98 percent.
• More research — The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
• More survivors — Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.”
Since participants need to raise a minimum of $2,300 to walk in the 3-Day, Lane is holding a barbecue fundraiser Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Emerson Masonic Lodge, 680 Highway 293. An $8 plate will consist of barbecue, baked beans and slaw.
Individuals also can financially support Lane by donating online at www.the3day.org. After clicking on donate, search for a participant, then type in Alan Lane.