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Sisters to walk 60 miles for cancer

Posted: October 18, 2017 - 1:18am
Anna Mullikin Freeman (left) and Alyssa Mullikin will travel to San Diego next month to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.
Anna Mullikin Freeman (left) and Alyssa Mullikin will travel to San Diego next month to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

After their aunt, Tricia Crook, died from uterine cancer in July 2016, sisters Anna Mullikin Freeman and Alyssa Mullkin wanted to do something,

"Watching her go through cancer and surgery and chemo was hard," said Freeman, who will travel with Mullikin to San Diego next month to take part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Crook was diagnosed when the cancer was at Stage 3. She did have some chemotherapy treatment and had hoped to ring the bell marking the treament's end.

While the two sisters have heard of many cancer survivor stories, they faced the realization not everyone survives the disease and most people deal with it in some way.

"It happens to so many people. Any given person has been impacted with someone who has had cancer," said Mullikin.

Initially, Freeman looked for events related to uterine and endometrial cancers; however, she didn't find any. She turned to the breast cancer events because there were several of them.

During the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, the two Martinez women will walk 20 miles a day for three days. The event will be Nov. 17-19.

Freeman said they decided to do the walk back in June and they both admit being a little apprehensive at first.

Mullikin, who is studying physical therapy at Augusta University and will graduate in May, said she wasn't sure she could get the training in while she's working to finish her degree, but she decided to attempt it anyway.

Freeman admits walking 20 miles a day for three days will be a challenge.

"It's scary," said Freeman.

But the foundation provided a training scheduled to help the two women as they prepared.

Freeman and Mullikin said they are excited about the opportunity to meet others with a common goal of helping raise awareness and money for cancer research. They said they hope to inspire others to do the same.

The duo also think this will be the first of other types of events they will participate in.

"I think we will be doing more causes," said Freeman.

And Mullikin said she's even thinking about doing a half-marathon for a cause at some point.

Both women have been raising funds for the walk. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $2,300. Freeman has met her goal and Mullikin is close. Each woman has a fundraising page at the www.the3day.org.

 

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