We are honored to introduce Heidi Baldwin, team captain of Heidi’s Heroes. Read her perspective about how breast cancer has impacted her life and about all of the heroes that inspire her to continually stay involved.
“My name is Heidi Baldwin and I am team captain of Heidi’s Hero’s. I began this journey in 2000, walking as an individual. The following year I invited my mom and siblings to join me. In 2003 or 2004 I started Heidi’s Hero’s and started inviting friends and co-workers to join us.”
“I started walking because I wanted to find a way to support my mom, Dottie, who at that point was an 18 year survivor. You see, I basically blocked out my mom’s cancer when she was going through her fight. I didn’t know what to do or how to handle it. They only thing I could think about was that my mom was going to die. I didn’t know how to be there for her emotionally. I’ve never been one to handle sickness well; I handle the details of lives much better; serving the people who are helping the sick, handling the details etc. I knew the walk was my way to apologize for that failure and for helping to find a cure so no other young girl would have to watch her mom go through this struggle. My mom was a champ. She basically told her surgeon if she had breast cancer to just cut it off. She could live without her boob. She is my HERO!”
“In 2002 my Momma Lucy (step-momma) was diagnosed and again I distanced myself from the illness. Lucy went through more treatment than my mom and I watched as she went through the stages of treatment. Again, the only thing I could think about was that I was going to lose someone that meant so much to me and I didn’t want to watch that. I invited her and my dad to join us as a way to show her my support because I didn’t know what else to do. She is my HERO!”
“Over the years, my family and I have volunteered and continued to build our team. In 2006 (I believe) my daughter Abbie (pictured) along with her Girl Scout Troop, stood in front of the McFerson Commons Park Survivor Ceremony and spoke. Here she was, 12 years old and speaking in front of a sea of pink; all because she knew how much this cause meant to me. She is my HERO!”
“At the height of our team, I believe I had 25 walkers. Several were breast cancer survivors who moved on to become great walkers, Renee Moore (@naenae1964) gathering all of her friends to rally this cause and major fund-raisers like Hansa Bhatt. I’ll always remember when these two ladies approached me and told me of their diagnosis. I felt so blessed that they felt that they could talk to me, but I also felt so inadequate about being able to help in their education. I prompted both of them to reach out to Komen Columbus for resources and support.
They too have become my HEROES!”
“While I have had a scare, nothing came out of it, but my sister is in the process of a biopsy and we sit and wait. The minutes tick by so slowly and our breath stops whenever the phone rings and shows her number. She is my HERO!”
“I will continue this walk because I don’t want my daughter or son to go through this. I walk because I don’t want to see another friend go through this. I walk because we all want the same ending; to eradicate this disease for all: Survivors, those in the fight, those who have lost the fight, care-takers, medical providers and everyone else involved in any way. I walk because you are all MY HEROES!”