On Saturday, June 11, 2016, I joined family members in walking to honor the memory of my beloved niece who waged and lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in February of last year. The event is called Purple Stride.
From the website:
This year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people will participate in one of over fifty PurpleStride events. These events range in size from brief walks to longer timed-runs, but they all share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer.
PurpleStride events raise awareness about the critical mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and give local residents the opportunity to help make strides toward a better future. The events also contribute millions of dollars toward our mission to advance research, support patients and create hope. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding.
For participants, it is a journey toward hope that is filled with inspiration. It is a time to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer. It is a day when all of the family and friends of pancreatic cancer patients can come together in solidarity and gain both comfort and encouragement.
We met up with family at Justin Herman Plaza before 8 am. This would be the first time we are participating, so we were a bit early. To while the time away and in search of a bathroom, we crossed the street to the Ferry Building, which was having a Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Beautiful Saturday morning.
We were so early.
Farmer's Market setting up.
Hydrangeas, sweet peas, etc.
Inside the Ferry Building marketplace.
More stalls were up at the back of the Ferry Building.
Sticky buns. The vendor was nowhere in sight, otherwise I would have indulged.
French lavender bouquets. I was so tempted, but my lavender bushes are all blooming so....
On the walk back to the meeting place, I look back and took this photo.
Before the walk, we took photos, lots of them. I just wished my niece was still with us. I am sure her family wishes the same, especially her children.
My niece on the poster showed by her middle child.
By the time we started the walk, I let the camera rest and snapped just this one.
It was a 3-mile walk that spanned the length of Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to AT & T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, and then back to the Ferry Building.
MY WORLD TUESDAY