For the past ten years, one special October day has brought a whole new meaning to “Saturday in Athens.” The community trades in their traditional red and black for everything pink and gathers to support a cause that affects women throughout the city of Athens.
Each individual participating in the “In Their Shoes” walk for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Athens Regional Medical Center has a personal reason for doing so. Their reason may be to support themselves, a family member or friend. Mickey Montevideo’s reason for walking is especially unique. As a former employee of Athens Regional Medical Center and a dear friend of In Their Shoes co-founder, Ann Hansen, Mickey was honored to sign up first as a participant and then as a volunteer. Just recently, however, her reason for participating became more personal:
“None of my work in cancer truly registered until I went through my own breast cancer journey that started just six months ago,” Mickey says. “I worked and supported cancer causes all my life… now I’m one of the folks that the cause supports.”
Certainly, I have a different perspective. But it was comforting to “return home” to the hospital and people I love for help…the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support was the first place I turned to when I was diagnosed, coincidentally, on October 1st, the first day of breast cancer awareness month.”
Fortunately, Mickey’s outcome has been positive following a double mastectomy. With the love and support from her 13-year-old son, Harrison, she has been able to get back on her feet.
“During my cancer recuperation, he was my hero. He never let my situation deter his zest for life. In fact, he rallied and sold “Team Mickey” t-shirts to raise money for The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.”
Mickey plans to train as best she can for the 10th anniversary walk in October. In addition to her time involvement with In Their Shoes, Mickey co-founded the Love and Laughter Support Group and currently works for the University of Georgia as the Public Relations Coordinator for the College of Engineering.
Stories like Mickey’s are the reason In Their Shoes has continued to be a successful way of bringing together people from all over the community to support a single cause. There are countless reasons to walk, whether you are affected directly or indirectly, so join in and encourage others to celebrate the 10th Anniversary In Their Shoes Walk Saturday, October 24th!
To register visit http://www.athenshealth.org/intheirshoes