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April 13, 2009

Breast Cancer Training Walk - April 12, 2009

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is rapidly approaching. We are on the downside of our training plan now.

Sunday's walk was 8 miles. We returned to a familiar trail over at Lake Needwood in Maryland. I spent many many miles on this trail back in 2001 and 2002 while training for my first 60 mile walks.

Lake Needwood is a really nice park with plenty of facilities for all kinds of recreation. Here is the view of a trail from the parking lot.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

It was a clear but cold morning. Temps were in the low 40s for the majority of our walk.

We quickly begin to enter the wooded part of the trail and while the trees protected us from the wind, they also shielded the warmth of the sun.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Always make time to stretch. I usually walk about 5 minutes or so for my muscles to warm up and then make a stretch stop. On the actual walk itself, I try to stretch at least once an hour if not more.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Signage along the trail helps keep us aware of mileage to various points.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

And here I am at the end of the training walk.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Next week we wind down again - this time to 7 miles. That will probably be my last "official team" training walk before the actual Walk.

Now is as good a time as any to ask you once again to please support my fundraising effort for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

I will celebrate 23 years of being a survivor next week. Considering I was only given a 50/50 chance of making it 5 years, I'd say I'm very fortunate to be able to give back.

I want to thank everyone for your words of support and your donations! As of today, I am at 80% of my goal! Just 19 days left until the walk.

My story can be found here!

If you'd like to support my Breast Cancer Walk, just click here!

You may also send a check made out to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk
Deb Wills
3520 Sugarloaf Parkway
SUITE F03-105
Frederick, MD 21704
Thanks!!!

April 20, 2009

Why We Walk

Yesterday (4/19) was my last official training walk before the big 2 Day, Washington DC 36 Mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on May 2-3! I've trained well and I am ready for the event.

Here are a few photos from the day and also a video called "Why We Walk". I hope you will take the time to meet some of my Seneca Sister Teammates in the video.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Some folks wear buttons or signs for those they walk in honor of!

Avon Breast Cancer Training Walk

And here I am at the end of the training walk.

Breast Cancer Training Walk

Meet some of my Seneca Sister teammates!


Now is as good a time as any to ask you once again to please support my fundraising effort for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

I will celebrate 23 years of being a survivor in just a few days. Considering I was only given a 50/50 chance of making it 5 years, I'd say I'm very fortunate to be able to give back.

I want to thank everyone for your words of support and your donations! As of today, I am at 82% of my goal! Together we CAN and DO make a difference. Together we have raised over $41,000!!! Less than 2 weeks now until the walk.

My story can be found here!

If you'd like to support my Breast Cancer Walk, just click here!

You may also send a check made out to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk

Deb Wills
3520 Sugarloaf Parkway
SUITE F03-105
Frederick, MD 21704

Thanks!!!

April 27, 2009

Looking Forward -- What's on the Horizon for Disney and the AllEarsĀ® Team!

There is a lot of Disney happening in the next few months so I figure this is as good a time as any to tell you what the future holds for events and resort opening coverage from the AllEars® Team.

And later on in this blog, I'll tell you how to follow along with us.

May is quickly approaching and with that 3 important events.

May 1st is the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Blogger Mike Bachand will be in the park covering both the official festivities and those of the WDWCelebrations team.

Also on May 1st Kidani Village officially opens. Blogger and Feature Writer Jack Spence will be staying at the new resort and blogging about his experience at the resort, at Sanna and the new recreation area! And if you haven't already seen the Preview Tour Jack had of Kidani Village, be sure to go over to his blog and look at the beautiful photos, there are 3 separate blogs on the new resort!

May 2nd and 3rd is a very special non-Disney event. I'll be participating in the Washington DC Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. As a 23 year survivor this event is very near and dear to me. I want to thank the hundreds of folks who have supported my efforts in the fight against this disease! Together we have raised over $42,000!!!! And still counting!

No sooner am I finished with the Breast Cancer event, then Linda and I pack up for our stay at the brand new Kidani Village! We plan to spend most of our time at Kidani enjoying the new resort and also the flavors of Sanaa! We already have an AllEars meet (tour of Kidani) scheduled which has reached capacity. We look forward to seeing everyone. Joining from the AllEars team in addition to Linda and myself will be Jack Spence, Andrea McKenna and Mike Bachand. To keep up with AllEars Team events and appearances be sure to check our AllEars Team Meets page!

At the end of May, I'll be heading to WDW again and this time to stay at both Saratoga Springs and the new Tree House Villas. Joining me at the Tree House will be AllEars team members Debbie Koma and Jack Marshall. You can be sure we will be sending reports with photos! I do plan to hold a meet over the weekend of May 30-31 (details not available yet) and we will also have a limited meet at the TreeHouse Villa (details again not yet available). Remember that link above for the AllEars Team Meets? Keep an eye on it!

Things quiet down (at least for me) until August when Bay Lake Tower opens! I will be at WDW the weekend of August 2-4 and have a reservation at Bay Lake Tower on opening day, August 3rd! I won't be able to stay as long as I had planned so Jack Spence will be filling in for me the next 2 nights and blogging with his take on the new resort!

I fly home and turn right around because the 6th Annual MagicMeets Weekend is August 7-9th! AllEars Team Members Mike Scopa, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Scott Thomas, Glo from Miami, Erin Blackwell, Linda and myself will be at the event.

Later in August I am co-hosting the Quest for the West - Adventure by Disney with my pals Steve Barrett (Hidden Mickeys) and Mike Newell (WDWToday.com podcast and MouseWorldRadio). You can bet we will be filing reports during this trip.

September travel includes the D23 Expo which will be held in California. Then in October I'll be back out west for the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic Tour. We will be setting up an AllEars meet over the weekend of October 11-12. So stay tuned for that announcement too.

Debbie Koma will be covering Epcot's Food and Wine Festival in October.

In December, I'll be on the MouseFanTravel Fan Cruise and then onto land.

Then there are lots of events I didn't even mention that we will do our best to cover; like Star Wars Weekends, Summer Concert Series in Epcot and much much more.

3 New DVC Resorts in Walt Disney World, 2 Adventures by Disney trips, 1 D23 Expo, plus a cruise and more. Whew! One thing is for sure, I'll be racking up those Frequent Flyer miles!

Here is how you can follow my trips and share in the fun and adventure.

First, when possible, I will file blog reports. I've learned not to say "live blogging" because that is near impossible, but I will be blogging.

For more immediate information and photos you can follow me on Twitter. My Twitter name is AllEarsDeb http://twitter.com/allearsdeb

Twitter allows me to write a 140 character update and I can also post photos. It's fairly easy to do from my cell phone and provides the quickest way for me to update my status. I can even send photos one at a time via Twitter as well.

You can also follow the AllEars.net Blog feed on Twitter at Allearsnet.

I'm also on FACEBOOK: http://profile.to/debwills/ My Tweets (Twitter updates) feed directly to my Facebook page.

In addition, the AllEars Website has a FACEBOOK PAGE

So, between Twitter, Facebook and my Blog, you'll be able to follow along with me and the rest of the AllEars Team through out the next several months as we travel across the US to enjoy a number of brand new Disney experiences!


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About April 2009

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