Thoughts on the Romp From an Eleven-year Romp Veteran

“It makes me happy to be out there in support of finding a cure for cancer and in memory of my grandmother and several friends who have died from or been affected by cancer.”

Danelle (left) with our Events Coordinator Stephanie (right)

Out of the numerous events I attend each year, one of my favorites is the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series. I’ve been a part of this event since the beginning eleven years ago and each year it keeps getting better and better! To me, the best part of the event is the people–literally thousands of smiling faces come out for this event. The event’s main objective is to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention. But the event offers much more than this, bringing together friends, family, and the community for a day of fitness, fun, and friendship. There is a special “feeling” in the air when thousands of people come together for a good cause – a feeling of peace and energy that can’t be forgotten.

Walkers can set their own pace, enjoying the beautiful scenery and being out in the cool, fresh air. As participants roll through the finish line with smiles on their faces, the music has begun and soup, hot coca and snacks are available. Then starts the prize sweepsteaks, of which all participants are eligible, for some great prizes including pairs of Tubbs snowshoes. When the breast cancer survivors are recognized it’s very touching moment and really makes you realize how important events like these are in saving and celebrating lives.

This year, there are seven Romps’ in the US, and two in Canada. I would like to encourage all of you to get involved at any level with this event. 100% of the fundraising and 100% net proceeds goes towards the prevention and cure of breast cancer, specifically to the local affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure®. All of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Being a part of this event is an easy and fun way to support the foundation and shows how much we care. It encourages me that someday our children and grandchildren could live in a cancer-free world. The activity of snowshoeing represents fitness, respect of the outdoors, a positive attitude, and a healthy lifestyle. These together are a part of making a better future. This year I plan to be at the events at Mt Hood, Oregon, Park City, Utah and Frisco, Colorado. I hope to see you all there! You can learn more about these at www.tubbsromptostomp.com.

I can personally relate to the tragedy and survival aspect of these events as I am a survivor myself. I had a life-threatening accident in 2006 where I survived a 60-foot fall and two nights in subzero weather. Thanks to my ‘angel’ neighbor, my hero dog, and many others I’m here today! I’ve had a long course of rehab including several months in a wheelchair and I’m now happy to report I am healthy and back snowshoeing full-speed (well, close to it!) and even take my two young boys out! Being a part of these events makes me realize how lucky I am to have survived and to be alive. It makes me happy to be out there in support of finding a cure for cancer and in memory of my grandmother and several friends who have died or been affected by cancer. Thanks for taking the time to read this and also for supporting the Romps!  I’ll see you out there!

 

-Danelle Ballengee