Walking the walk

SARANAC LAKE – A local woman plans to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston next month, but first she needs to raise some money.

Brittany Miller, 26, of Saranac Lake, needs to raise $1,800 to participate in the event, scheduled for May 18-19. The proceeds, she said, go to research to find a cure or help prevent breast cancer. The funds also support patients who need financial assistance.

Miller is originally from New Berlin, N.Y. She moved to Saranac Lake seven years ago after going to school at North Country Community College. She now works as a massage therapist at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid.

So far, Miller has received many donations from local residents and business owners. But she said a lot of those donations have been for services or goods, things like gift certificates or goods from area merchants. To participate in the Avon Walk, she needs to raise cash.

“It started coming down to, ‘What am I going to do with all of these physical donations?’ I have golf for two with a cart at Whiteface Club – what am I going to do with that?” Miller said.

That’s when Amy Mott and Scott Cook of Captain Cook’s Bar and Grill in Saranac Lake stepped in and suggested a silent auction, which Miller has dubbed “Big or Small Let’s Save Them All.” It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Captain Cook’s.

Breast cancer has had a big impact on Miller’s life. Eight women in her immediate family have been diagnosed with the disease. She lost one of her grandmothers before she was born, and another grandmother had a breast removed because of cancer.

“I also have an aunt who was very close, she actually lived with us while she was going through her chemo treatment, and she passed,” Miller said. “She left a little boy who was nine years old who pretty much became our brother.

“It was definitely very close to me as a young girl, knowing how much it impacted my family – my mother, my aunt, my cousins.”

On the first day of the Avon Walk, participants walk along Boston Harbor and past historic sites like Boston Garden and Fenway Park. The walk continues through the city’s Blue Hill region and ends at Prowse Farm.

The second day begins at Prowse Farm and includes parts of the Neponset Trail before concluding at the University of Massachusetts’ Wellness Village.

Next week’s silent auction will feature items donated by Dunkin Donuts, News Visions Lingerie, the Whiteface Club and Resort, Ruthie’s Run, the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Downhill Grill and many other Tri-Lakes businesses. Miller said T-shirts will also be on sale at the event.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.