Who Is That Woman Walking In Front of Me?
June 18, 2009
Sue Walsh of San Francisco hiked seven miles withinthe Grand Canyon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2007.
In 2008 she race-walked her first marathon, this time a 26.2 punishing miles through Rome.
So is she tired yet? Hardly. Now she's preparing to race-walk the Nike Women’s 26.2 mile Marathon on October 18, 2009, in San Francisco. And she’s thanking her donors with handwritten note cards of the Golden Gate Bridge from the California Collectors’ Series.
The way marathon participants personalize their trek on the pavement is to put on the backs of their T-shirts the names of people in whose honor they walk.
So if a walker begins to huff and puff and think no way can she go one step further, all she has to do is to look to the person in front of her and see the names of people who have been afflicted by this disease.
Among the names on Sue’s back again this year will be Pat Eberling, a woman who for over 30 years was a terrific Salvation Army social worker, consultant and friend. She died of multiple myeloma in 2007.
Look sharp, walkers. You're following Sue, and she's walking for Pat.
An ardent cheerleader for the City, Sue leads tours of the FerryBuilding and NorthBeach by Night for San FranciscoCity Guides (www.sfcityguides.org) and co-created its popular NoeValley tour of Victorian homes.