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'Sole sisters' raise thousands for breast cancer fight

May 16, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

Four Washington County women call themselves "sole sisters."

Hagerstown residents Brenda Rosenthal and Joan Bowers recently teamed up with Mary Lou Coss and Linda Moser, both of the Boonsboro area, to walk 60 miles from Frederick, Md., to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

The local women were among the nearly 3,000 participants in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day walk from May 5-7, which raised $6 million for the cause.

It was a "fantastically positive experience," said Rosenthal, the only breast cancer survivor in her group, which raised about $12,000.

The women wore T-shirts emblazoned with the words, "Sole Sisters," encouraged each other to keep walking through 90-degree heat, slept in tents, and cheered fellow walkers, cancer survivors and event crew members during the 3-Day's closing ceremonies, Rosenthal said.

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The experience molded the four women, who barely knew each other when they started to train for the walk, into close friends, she said. "The bonds that we feel with each other now is like we were friends forever," Rosenthal added. "It adds a dimension to your life when you do this walk."

The women plan to continue walking for the cause, and are trying to gather an additional eight people to form a pit stop crew for next year's 3-Day in Washington, D.C. They welcome anyone who wants to train with them, Rosenthal said.

Anyone interested may call 301-714-1414.

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