Three women train for 60-mile walk for cancer research in July |

Three women train for 60-mile walk for cancer research in July

by Joyce Hollister

Two Minden Elementary School teachers and a teacher’s aide are training together for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a 60-mile walk set in July in Northern California.

Lynda King, Janell Sheets and Jeanne Barnes get together three times a week to train.

“We just meet somewhere and start walking,” King said of their training regimen.

Only one, Sheets, has a personal reason for being part of the walk: Her sister Valerie Kramer Perlstein died in December of cancer. The other two are committed to it, however.

“Jeanne and I are doing it because we want to do it,” King said. “It feels good inside yourself to do something like this.”

Each walker needs to raise $1,900 in pledges, and King said the women will be glad to advertise for their sponsors by wearing T-shirts or hats as they walk around town.

But they’re not worried about raising the money.

“Most people know us,” she said. “We’ve got 400 kids who know us (from MES) and their families.” She has e-mailed all of her friends and many are making pledges. Call her at 782-8972 to donate. The walk will begin July 27 in San Jose and end in San Francisco July 29. The women will walk about 20 miles each day.

Some 4,500 people have registered for the walk, which is an annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Their training has brought the three women together.

“It is fun,” King said. “I’ve gotten to know them (Sheets and Barnes) a lot better, too. I just love that. They’re the nicest ladies. They’re really fun.”