Her path: along the streets, through the woods, and up and down hills in 95-degree heat until she worked her way from Frederick, Md., 60 miles south to Washington, D.C. Her journey was part of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in which she and more than 3,000 others raised $6.4 million to fight the disease.
“When I did get hot or tired or cranky I just thought of my friends’ mothers and kept going,” says Toghill, who raised $5,000 with her effort. “In my short 25 years, this was the most important thing I’ve done in my life. I saw children with signs that said, ‘Every step is for you, mom.’ ”