One spring morning, Jennifer and Jessica Modzeleski, 18-year-old twins from Dunbarton, N.H., woke up at 4:30 a.m. to walk a marathon and a half. It may sound like an odd way to spend a weekend, but Jenn and Jess had a good cause in mind. They were going the distance and raising money to help stomp out a deadly disease.
The Modzeleski sisters participated in the 2004 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a weekend long fund-raising event. Between May and October, weekend walks were held in six U.S. cities. The first of the six walks kicked off in Boston, where Jenn and Jess participated with about 1,600 other walkers. The Boston event alone raised more than $4.5 million for breast cancer education, screening, treatment, and scientific research to find a cure. “It’s a cause everyone needs to be aware of,” Jess told Current Health.
Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the leading cancer in women in the United States. In 2004 alone, an estimated 216,000 new …