Palestine resident Kenda Schattel has many reasons to participate in the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston — the most important being giving hope to her two young daughters.

“I have had some family members pass away and have known others than have gone through the effects and loss of breast cancer,” Schattel said. “I think everyone has been directly or indirectly affected by it in some way and I want to do my part in helping find a cure.

“I have two daughters and am close to my sisters,” she added, “and want them to know that they can do something to make a difference by helping others and themselves.”

Accompanied by one of her sisters, Schattel will be walking the 26.2-mile marathon April 4-6. She has been training for the event by working out regularly at the Palestine YMCA and by walking 5-8 miles a week.

“I saw an advertisement in Oprah Magazine for the Avon Walk and signed up,” she said. “If I do my best and complete the walk, it will be a way for me to feel good about myself.”

Every Avon Walker is required to raise at least $1,800 to participate. Schattel has raised half that amount already, and hopes to meet her own personal fundraising goal of $3,000 before she arrives there in April.

“I have received a good response from everybody,” Schattel said about the support she has received from the community. “I have sent out a ton of letters, and businesses have been pretty generous in donating items to use for a drawing.”

Schattel, a teller at First State Bank since September 2005, is currently accepting donations at her workplace (2745 S. Loop 256, Palestine) and hopes to be able to set up a fundraising booth at a local business to take donations for the drawings.

Donations also can be made in her name online at www.avonwalk.org or by calling Schattel at 903-729-2639.

Shattel and her husband of five years, Bryan, reside in Palestine. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, reading, writing and making jewelry.

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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