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WMRHS students raise $9,400 in Breast Cancer walk

Cassie Spencer, left, of Lancaster, and Danielle Ennis, also of Lancaster, Sammi Smith of Jefferson, and Emily Alexander of Whitefield pose on Day 3 of the Boston 60-mile Three-Day Breast Cancer Walk to raise money for cancer research. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
August 12, 2009
Four students from the White Mountains Regional High School (WMRHS) — Cassie Spencer and Danielle Ennis, both of Lancaster, Sammi Smith of Jefferson, and Emily Alexander of Whitefield finished the 60-Mile Boston Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on July 26 and raised money to help Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

"We all finished the 60-mile walk, each raising an individual minimum amount of $2,300 and a collective total of $9413.86," wrote Cassie in an e-mail exchange. "We are all seniors at WMRHS, but Emily will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence in the fall.

"For all four of us, this was a life-changing event and probably the most amazing thing we have ever done," Cassie replied when asked what the experience for the foursome had been like. "Even though we walked 20 miles in the rain on the first day and even though by the time we crossed the finish line we were tired and sore with blisters, we all agreed upon one thing: we can't wait to do it again."

"It was the best experience of my life, and I got to do it with my best friends," Danielle said. "It was amazing to be there with thousands of men and women — all walking for the same reason, all coming together for one goal: a world without breast cancer."

"We worked really hard for this, but we couldn't have done it without all the help and support of the community and the support of everyone at the high school — they all helped make it possible," Emily said. "We were walking for the future — our future and yours. I had such an amazing time working towards a great cause with these girls; we would do it again in a heartbeat."

Sammi took a stab at putting the physical and mental effort of completing the Three-Day Breast Cancer Walk into a context.

"Walking 60 miles isn't easy, but after finishing the walk and listening to people's stories, walking 60 miles is nothing compared to breast cancer," she said.

WMRHS science-teacher-chaperone Heather Renyck was unable to walk with us in Boston, however, Cassie explained. "Instead, she did plan her own 60-mile walk," her former student said.

According to the Boston Three-Day website, the 60-mile walk began on a rainy Friday morning on July 24 at Farm Pond in Sherborn, where participants braved the wet and the mud and faced the first day with excitement and smiles. The 19.7-mile route had many memorable highlights, including great support at Bertucci's restaurant in Wellesley.

Saturday's 22-mile day also featured some great support along the route, including the Granite Angels at the top of Belmont Hill, the cheerleaders at Arlington High School and numerous cheering stations in Woburn along with the Minute Men and other enthusiasts in both Lexington and Cambridge.

Three-Day participants walked through Harvard Square, Boston Common and the Public Garden, Downtown Crossing, along the Boston Harbor waterfront, past the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, ending with a celebratory Closing Ceremony at the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts.

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