RUTLAND - This fall Samantha Spoth and four of her friends
plan to walk 39 miles over two days as part of the AVON walk
for Breast Cancer. The event will be held in New York City, October
19 and 20. "We have to raise $9,000 for the walk," said Spoth in a
recent email. "Our team is called 'sharing the love'... We held a
plant sale at the opening Rutland farmers market this
past Saturday and next week we will be holding a friendly's
fundraiser (May 17-24) but have a long way to go," she said. Adding
that the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a big commitment, "one that
will require me to spend the next several months training and
fundraising. But breast cancer is a big disease, one I am currently
fighting, and one that still affects far too many people, and I'm
determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it."
Spoth was diagnosed in March of 2011 with stage IV inflammatory
breast cancer. "It was my 34th birthday and my little girls were
ages 4 and 8 at the time. My whole world seemed to stop instantly,"
she said. Since then, Spoth has completed one year of weekly chemo
treatments, a double mastectomy and the removal of many lymph
nodes, her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She also completed eight
weeks of daily radiation. "I am currently on oral therapies and
happy to have a more mellow treatment," she said. "I was diagnosed
BRAC1 positive and want to do all I can to be sure there is a cure
should my beautiful daughters ever find themselves staring this
ugly disease in the face, too."
The money she raises will be managed and disbursed by the Avon
Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for
those who most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate
research into new treatments and potential cures.
Samantha Spoth's story can be found at
"Please share my story… and my goal with others and ask them too
to keep forwarding it on. Thank you again for helping me achieve
this goal!" said Spoth.