Spa therapist takes long walk for cancer next month
When Brittany Miller works as a server in Taste Bistro and Bar she wears the pink ribbon.
When she’s in Mirror Lake Inn’s spa providing world class treatments, she displays a white MLI pullover with the names of all her supporters written in Magic Marker. It’s the names on the back of that hanging garment, running from shoulder to shoulder, that give her the most motivation.
These are her family members who have been directly afflicted by breast cancer. It’s this group and Miller’s supporters that will push Brittany a total of 39.4 miles in Boston May 18-19 when she participates in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She will be inside that white pullover for every step.
“I wanted to do something for the people who have suffered,” she said. “I looked into several organizations and decided on the Avon walk because it’s about people dealing with breast cancer.
“Eight in my family have had breast cancer and I’ve had other blood relatives who’ve had to deal with it.”
This is all the impetus Brittany needed. To meet the effervescent Miller is to meet perpetual motion. Well in advance of the May walk, she has been concentrating on raising money and getting in lots of physical activity to prepare for the two-day event. Recently she held a fundraiser at Captain Cook’s, a local eatery in Saranac Lake attended by many of her MLI colleagues. A silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and selling of T shirts generated $2,500. Prior to that, she collected $1,800.
Several weeks ago Miller waited on guests who inquired about her pink ribbon. The server told them and later they donated. She has also received contributions from other MLI therapists.
All monies raised, she said, can benefit a patient and a patient’s family. The funds from all the Boston participants will go to area hospitals, which then parcels the money to the needy.
As Brittany prepares for a daunting walk and continues collecting money, Avon has provided her with a Boston area coach, Francesca Villa, who is there when needed, and will be on site at the event. It consists of 26.3 miles the first day and 13.1 miles on the second day. In between, Avon will provide lodging in pink tents.
Before the trip to Boston, there is much more fundraising on the schedule. MLI spa will host a scheduled Ladies Night on May 9, with particular attention to Brittany’s mission. There’s also more walking to do. “I’ve been told that even though it’s walking, I have to prepare myself,” stated Miller.
She remains vigilant with her lifestyle and safeguards herself against a disease that has gotten too close to her family. “It’s pretty intense,” she continued. “I stay active, eat healthy and get medical attention when I’m supposed to. I also try to eliminate other forces that can lead to breast cancer. I use yoga to reduce blood pressure and bring wellness.”
That’s pretty good advice for the rest of us to consider.
If you’d like to contribute to Brittany Miller’s cause and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, just log on to www.avonwalk.org/goto/brittany.miller