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When every step counts

Lu Snyder

DILLON – Dillon resident Kristina Woodall wants to take a step toward fighting breast cancer. In fact, she’s ready to take 60 miles worth of steps in the battle.

“I’ve wanted to help, but, financially I’ve never been able to,” Woodall said. “But this is something I can do – I can walk.”

Woodall is training for the three-day Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, when she and others will walk 60 miles between Boulder and Denver.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 182,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 40,000 will die.

Though neither Woodall, nor anyone she knows, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she said she wants to do something now, before the disease threatens her or those close to her.

“When you think that one out of nine women will get breast cancer and I have five sisters … and so many women in my family, it just seems like a matter of time.”

Not only women are affected by the disease. Men also can develop breast cancer. According to statistics, approximately 1,500 men will be diagnosed with and 400 will die of breast cancer a year.

The monies raised from this year’s Crusade will be used for medical research, clinical care, community-based breast health programs, and more.

In the age of extreme sports and ultra-endurance competitions, walking might seem unimpressive. But walking 60 miles is no small feat – even to Woodall, who easily walks five to 10 miles a day surveying trails for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Still, Woodall said she’s a little intimidated by the distance.

Woodall, who is training by walking an additional miles after work and on weekends, said walking long-distances is a big commitment.

“It takes a lot of time,” she said.

Woodall said she’s walked the Oh My God Road, from Idaho Springs to Central City, which was almost 20 miles and took her all day.

“I was pretty tired,” Woodall said, and wondered aloud what it will be like to do that three days in a row.

Since the event is held on the Front Range, one must add heat into the equation. August temperatures are commonly in the 90s and have been known to creep several degrees past 100.

“I think if they had it up here, it wouldn’t be a problem,” Woodall said. “Training up here, I have the altitude advantage, but training down there, people definitely have the heat advantage.”

Probably the biggest hurdle for Woodall is raising enough donations to meet the $1,900 minimum requirement. So far, Woodall has collected almost $1,000 – out of her paycheck alone. If she isn’t able to raise the minimum amount, event rules dictate she pay the total herself – and as a USFS seasonal employee who will be terminated in October, that’s daunting.

“It would be good to get some community support,” Woodall said, adding that her co-worker Angela Glenn also is participating in this year’s crusade.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com.

– When: Aug. 2-4

– Where: 60 miles from Boulder to Denver (route not yet announced)

– To make donations:

By the Internet: visit http://www.BeThePeople.com, click on “donate,” select the 3-day walk in Colorado and type in Kristina Woodall (participant No. 1695) or Angela Glenn (1694).

By phone: call Kristina Woodall at (970) 468-1017

n For more information on the event, call

1-800-825-1000 or visit the Web site, http://www.avoncrusade.com.


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