They'll take part in a three-day, 60-mile hike for breast cancer research funding
Joanne Hubbard and Lynn Hoag have given a new meaning to mother-daughter bonding.
Hubbard, 46, and Hoag, 19, of Milan are training for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day, a 60-mile walk in Cleveland planned for August 17-19.
More than 1,300 people plan to participate in the Cleveland walk, with more than 13,000 participants at other events nationwide.
"I talked my mom into it," Hoag said with a smile. A 2006 graduate of Edison High School, Hoag is a long-time breast cancer research and awareness advocate.
The duo has been following a training schedule that has them walking for miles everyday.
"It's more challenging than anything I've ever done," Hubbard said. "But what we will do in those three days is nothing compared to what the patients go through."
As a condition of participation, each walker must raise $2,200.
Hubbard and Hoag have set a team goal of $5,000. All proceeds from the event benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. The duo has named their team "Generations."
"We want to do this for future generations -- like my children -- and to remember past generations," Hoag explained.
While walking and training, the duo wears pink team shirts.
"It's what I wear all the time," Hubbard said. "It's like my uniform."
The experience of training for the three-day walk has brought the already close mother-daughter pair even closer.
"I wouldn't be anything without her," Hoag said while looking at her mom.
They are very grateful for all of the support they have received, especially from family. Hubbard's husband, Jack Hubbard, has trained and walked with them. Hubbard's older daughter, Nikki Hoag, 21, has supported her mother and sister throughout the process while she continues her studies at the University of Cincinnati.
The 60-mile walk will be grueling, especially in the August heat, but Hubbard knows sheer emotion will carry them through the last few miles.
"I'm looking at it as a huge challenge, but it's certainly worthwhile," Hubbard said. "I get to spend a lot of time with my daughter and we're raising money for a wonderful cause."