Ana Cramer is on a life-long mission to honor her mother’s memory. A mission that now put her on the first leg of a hundred-mile walk, crisscrossing Collier County to bring awareness to breast cancer – the disease that took her mother’s life.
Cramer said, when she was five years old, she lost her mother to breast cancer , adding, “ I wanted to do something big and special, in memory of her.”
They’re going to start 10 days of walking, 10 miles per day, to make 100 miles.
She said, “my husband is walking the 100 miles with me, and of course our kids. We have a tradition at the very end of the walk so 98 will walk together with the shirt ‘Ana’s Crew’.”
In the ten years, she’s been taking these walks, Cramer has become a quiet warrior on behalf of the cause, collecting more than $25,000 in donations.
“I will be wearing pink every day and I will be carrying the names of everybody that I’m walking for on my back. Either a backpack, or you know, my shirt. ,” she explained.
One of those names is her sister, who also battled breast cancer. “She has gone through it twice but she’s been able to defeat it. ”
All in an effort to bring awareness to the public as part of her mission.
On a personal level, she says she feels her mother’s presence with every mile.
“ I’m doing it for her. So I walk I thanked her for like given me the strength. I know from up above she’s helping me. And I just tell her how much I love her and I miss her. ”
To support women in the fight against breast cancer, WINK News is sponsoring the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The walk is on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at North Collier Park. For more information or to donate, visit the Making Strides SWFL website here.