Sunday, May 31, 2020

National Cancer Survivors Day

Next Sunday June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day! Life after cancer is something worth celebrating and I also believe a better quality of life for all cancer survivors is worth fighting for!! I will celebrate this day next Sunday with a great since of gratitude!! #ncsd #kayyowcancerfund #cancerwarriornetwork #nationalcancersurvivorsday #believe

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Mt Kit Carson

Our first trip of the season to hike on Mt Kit Carson with an elevation gain of 1800 ft from the trailhead! The snow we ran into didn’t stop us from reaching the top!! Beautiful day!! #mtkitcarson #snowytrails #beautiful

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Iron Bridge Spokane

National Cancer Survivors Day is next Sunday June 7th and I look forward to continuing to be counted as a survivor! I hope everyone will cross a different bridge into the 2nd half of 2020 and embrace each other’s differences!!!!#ncsd2020 #breastcancersurvivor #roadlesstravelled

Monday, May 25, 2020

Washington State Veterans Cemetery

Today would have found me at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC as one of the volunteers chosen to place roses on the headstones of our fallen military heroes. With that opportunity cancelled, I honored our heroes here at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake! It was an absolute honor to pay tribute to several military heroes here locally!! #neverforget #militaryheroes #arlingtonnationalcemetery #memorialflowerassociation

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Boundary Dam

Beautiful day for a drive up north to see the magnificent Boundary Dam!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Holy Cross Cemetery

For 32 years I have come to this exact same spot on Memorial Day weekend to visit my Mothers gravesite and this year it appeared more beautiful than I have ever seen it before! My Mom was always proud of her manicured green grass and beautiful flowers in her yard so I am sure she is up there in Heaven giving the grounds keepers here at Holy Cross Cemetery a big smile and thumbs up for her beautiful surroundings!! #32years #holycrosscemetery #neverforgotten

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Spokane Indians Ballpark Dinner to Go

What an awesome time tonight with the Spokane Indians at their Ballpark Dinner To Go event!! It was so nice to see everyone as we sat in the Avista Stadium parking lot eating our yummy dinner and dreaming about the baseball season!!! Thanks for a great evening!!!! #spokaneindiansbaseball #avistastadium #ballparkdinnertogo

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Spokane Strong

Usually I am out of town traveling several days of the month but the last few months have allowed me the time to explore this beautiful city I call home!!!!! #spokanestrong #spokanefalls

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Thin Pink Line

Received this Awesome Thin Pink Line Breast Cancer Awareness sweatshirt from an amazing organization today!!!! Proud Survivor!!!  #breastcancerawareness #thinpinkline #play4kay #cancerwarriornetwork

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

National Police Week Candlelight Vigil

Paying my respects at the virtual National Police Week Candlelight Vigil. Remembering all of the Law Enforcement officers lost in the line of duty and honoring the brave heroes who continue to serve and protect!! #nationalpoliceweek #NLEOMF #behindthebadgefoundation #lawenforcementsupporter #neverforget #LEcandlelightvigil #backtheblue #thinbluelinesupporter

Monday, May 11, 2020

National Police Week

This is the start of National Police Week to remember all of the Law Enforcement Officers lost in the line of duty and to honor all of those who continue to serve and protect. Last year I had the privilege of attending National Police Week in Washington DC and attended all of the memorials and ceremonies. The Candlelight Vigil with 25,000 other supporters on the National Mall was an experience I will never forget! Remembering all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and honoring the brave officers behind the badge! #2020nationalpoliceweek #backtheblue #behindthebadgefoundation #neverforget

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Amazing Mothers! I was up before sunrise to hike to this summit to be closer to Heaven to wish my Mother a Happy Mother’s Day! #mothersday2020 #33yearsago #closertoheaven

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Silver Lake

Social Distancing at beautiful Silver Lake today!!!

National Police Week 5k

This morning I participated in the Virtual National Police Week 5K and did so in honor of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson who was killed in the line of duty on March 19, 2019. It was an incredible honor to finish my 5K here at the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial where his name will be added as one of the 2019 Fallen Officers. Thank you Deputy Thompson for your ultimate sacrifice, you will never be forgotten! #NPW5K #nationalpoliceweek #backtheblue

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Snake River Canyon

The uncertainty of our life with COVID 19 reminds me so much of how I felt when I was handed my cancer diagnosis 10 years ago! Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet, and I am rediscovering the same strength right now to challenge this new way of life! Cancer required me to be strong and I hope for a stronger and brighter future for everyone!! #hope4all #cancerwarriornetwork #warriormarathonrunner

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sky Dive West Plains

Thanks to Skydive West Plains for the Awesome new hoodie!!! Love the pink it has on it!! Can’t wait to get back up in the sky with you again this summer!!! #skydivewestplains #rookiejumper #highflyingbreastcancersurvivor

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Super Hero Day

Celebrating Super Hero Day as a Strong cancer survivor!!! 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Pink Ribbon Run

Celebrating being a Survivor today at the Virtual Pink Ribbon Run without my fellow Survivor Sisters and Supporters!! These breast cancer events are very special to me and I missed being surrounded by all of the normal festivities at this celebration! I am Warrior Strong, so the Coronavirus can’t stop this cancer survivor from celebrating this special day even if it was by myself!! #warriorstrong #everywomancan #pinkribbonrun #10yearsurvivor #cancerwarriornetwork #kayyowcancerfund

Friday, April 24, 2020

Cancer Warrior Network

I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen to be one of the inaugural charter members of the national Cancer Warrior Network sponsored by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in Raleigh, North Carolina!! We are a group of athletic breast cancer survivors selected to continue the important message that Coach Kay Yow started with women’s basketball programs around the county. I look forward to being amongst these other amazing Pink Warriors to continue her legacy of breast cancer awareness and education around the NCAA!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Amazing Views

Amazing climb to this summit today! It was a very difficult hike, but we were rewarded with the most stunning views!! Coronavirus busters!!! 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Cancer Care Northwest

I will miss seeing all of my fellow Pink Survivor Sisters and Supporters at the annual Pink Ribbon Run this year!! It is always such a special moment to have my surgical oncologist Dr Stephanie Moline from Cancer Care Northwest drape my Survivor Medal around my neck at the finish line! I am blessed to be healthy and forever grateful to this woman!!! We will do a double celebration next year!!!! 🎀🎀🎀

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

From my home to yours, wishing everyone a safe and healthy Easter! During these trying times remember to Rise Up, Be Kind, and Reach Out to one another! 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Boston Red Sox

I was originally scheduled to be attending a Boston Red Sox game this weekend and a personal tour of the ballpark. This photo was from my last visit to Fenway Park in September. I look forward to visiting Boston to see my favorite team play when the season resumes!! 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Retro Donuts

Thanks to Retro Donuts for the custom raspberry filled basketball donuts to celebrate Sheryl’s quarantine birthday! What a special treat since we were suppose to be celebrating in the French Quarter at the Women’s Final Four in New Orleans this weekend! Thanks Jon, you always go above and beyond to make things very special!!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Women’s Final Four

I was suppose to be in New Orleans this weekend at the NCAA Women’s Final Four being honored during the halftime festivities of the national championship game on Sunday!! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity I am missing to have been recognized on the national level but I am blessed to be healthy and safe! I am looking forward to attending the 2021 Women’s Final Four in San Antonio, Texas next April!! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Once Upon a Time

Received this Awesome travel mug today! It reads “Once upon a time there was a Girl who kicked Cancers Ass and her name is Carol!” This brightened my day and totally supports my coffee addiction!!! I love it!!! 🎀🎀🎀🎀

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rise Up

Our situation we are dealing with right now with the Coronavirus reminds me of how I felt 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The uncertainty and the fear of something out of my control was unsettling, but I chose to Rise Up everyday, Rise Up and be unafraid, just like I had done a thousands times before. We need to Rise Up and be supportive of one another to get through this. Everyday at my work I have seen amazing people, doing amazing things in spite of the fear and ache of what is going on around us!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Life in the Country

All of Washington State Parks are closed because of COVID-19, so I headed out into the hills behind my property to get in some miles today! 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Riverside State Park

Left the crazy world behind for 8 glorious Corona-Busting miles on the trails today!! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pink Ribbon and Thin Blue Line

Received this Awesome Pink Ribbon and Thin Blue Line shirt yesterday! Breast Cancer Awareness and Supporting Law Enforcement, two things very close to my heart together! Thanks to my law enforcement friend for thinking of me during these crazy times and hooking me up! Love it!!! 💙🎀

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Exploring this great city

With my weekend travel plans canceled, I got outside in the fresh snow to explore this great city I call home!!! 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Palouse Falls

Great road trip exploring the Palouse! The Palouse Falls is breathtaking, and the graffiti bus we found was pretty cool! Added bonus of getting up close to those gigantic windmills and a herd of Buffalo!!! 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Gonzaga Baseball

Great afternoon hanging out at Patterson Baseball Complex at Gonzaga! Bitter cold wind but came away with an awesome souvenir!! Baseball season has finally arrived!!! 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Play 4 Kay

Absolutely LOVE this photo from the Northern Arizona University Womens Play 4 Kay Pink Game last night!! Thanks to Coach Loree Payne and the entire program for supporting the cause!!!! 🎀🎀🎀🎀

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Spokane Sports Comission

Nine years ago today I was awarded the Dick Wright Inspirational Award by the Spokane Sports Comission at their annual banquet! This is the recognition that started my journey of inspiring young athletes!! Who would have known that nine years later it would lead me to the upcoming Women’s Final Four in New Orleans! It has been an absolute honor to share my story of overcoming cancer with countless basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, hockey, and golf teams! I have cherished each and every opportunity!! 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Whitworth Womens Basketball

Thank you to the Whitworth University Women’s Basketball team for inviting me to their Breast Cancer Awareness Pink game tonight! I am honored to have been invited into their sacred pre game prep to share some inspiration!! What a special way to celebrate Valentines Day surrounded by all of this support for the cause!! Go Pirates!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gonzaga Pink Game

Great time at the Gonzaga University Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game! Love the Pink uniforms the team are wearing to support the cause!!! My heart is full!!!! Go Zags!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gonzaga Womens Basketball

An absolute honor to be invited to share some inspiration with the #15 ranked Gonzaga women’s basketball team!! Thanks to Coach Fortier for welcoming me into practice today leading up to their Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game tomorrow night! Love the new Pink uniforms they will wear for the game!!! Go Zags!!! 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Santa Clara

Everything about being the Honorary Coach for Santa Clara University’s Pink Game yesterday was very emotional, but when I walked out of the locker room and saw my name on the players “I Wear Pink For” cards sitting on their chairs it took my breath away!!! I am blessed to be continuing to inspire young student athletes! 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Santa Clara University Pink Game

What an incredible experience to be the honorary coach for the Santa Clara University Breast Cancer Awareness Pink game today in sunny California! It was a special moment to present the game ball to the officials to start the game and to have the players honor me with cards! Thank you Santa Clara for supporting the cause and for inviting me down here to be a part of this very special day!! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

World Cancer Day

Happy World Cancer Day! This day is to bring awareness for prevention, detection, and treatment of all cancers! Please take the time in your busy life to schedule your yearly cancer screenings!!! My yearly check saved my life! 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Northern Arizona University

What an incredible honor to be invited by Coach Loree Payne into Northern Arizona University’s sacred practice to meet her team!!! They have their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game in two weeks at home in Flagstaff and I shared some inspiration with them while they are up here in the northwest for a game! What a great team of amazing young ladies! Go Jacks!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Play 4 Kay

And the month of February begins with the NCAA partnering with women’s basketball to host their annual Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness games! I am honored to be participating with several programs this month to bring awareness and inspire! My road to the Final Four in New Orleans continues.....

Monday, January 27, 2020

Saguaro National Park

Another amazing day of hiking in the Arizona desert! Checked off another National park from my list to hike all the National parks in our beautiful nation!! 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Desert Hiking

Great 6 hour hike into this beautiful remote canyon outside of Tucson with several water crossings! If I can continue to challenge myself like this, then I am going to be alright leaving marathon finish lines behind me!! Loving the warm weather down here in Arizona for a few days!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Arlington National Cemetery

I am honored beyond belief to be one of the 1200 volunteers chosen nationwide to place a single rose on each of the 230,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC on Memorial Day weekend! It will be an absolute honor to travel to our Nations Capital to participate in this sacred remembrance!!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cancer Care Northwest Foundation

What a special moment to be asked to present the check from my Aiming for the Cure event in October to Dr Stephanie Moline and the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation! It is always an honor to support my cancer treatment center and stand beside this women who saved my life!! 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Road to the Final Four

What an incredible gift to receive!! An official NCAA Pink Wilson Basketball personalized with the words “Warrior Carol”.... I am humbled to be inspiring several women’s college basketball programs during their annual Play 4 Kay breast cancer awareness games during the months of January and February! It is an honor to share my inspirational journey with all of these young student athletes!! 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Pacific Lutheran University

A great night being invited to share some pre game inspiration with the Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball team while they are in Spokane for their game against Whitworth!! Go Lutes!!!