Trails for Dale
A Journey of Joy to Celebrate the Life of Dale Burnes Golinski, 1958--2007.
This summer, a special journey will be undertaken, spearheaded by Barbara Burnes Landry, in memory and in honor of her dear friend and relative, Dale, who lost her battle with breast cancer on August 9, 2007.
Visit the Trails For Dale blog, and follow along with Barbara and her fellow travelers. All contributions to Trails for Dale will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Barbara and her family members plan to leave Amherst, NH, on July 17, 2008 and journey by scooter down to Atlanta, GA, arriving on the first anniversary of Dale's death. This journey, inspired by Dale's example of courage, has been named, Trails for Dale
"We intend to travel primarily through back roads," says Barbara, "going from town to town to tell Dale's story and garner support for breast cancer research. We will blog our progress; please follow along and be a part of this collaborative effort to move closer to a cure for this disease."
In the summer of 2007, Barbara Landry, herself a breast cancer survivor, asked her husband for a motor scooter for her 50th birthday. He went to the local motorcycle shop where they live in New Hampshire, and found a scooter beautifully decorated with flowers. Barbara's experience in driving the scooter was wonderful, primarily due to the positive response she got from people. Because of the flowers and the happy ambience, people always smiled, gave the thumbs up and just enjoyed seeing the bike. As a result, Barbara has named the bike, "Joy".
Shortly after Barbara got the bike, Dale lost her thirteen-year battle with breast cancer on August 9th. Dale was 49 years old and lived in Atlanta, GA with her husband Jim, daughter, Justine and son, Matthew. When Barbara returned from Dale's funeral and got back on her bike, she was inspired to carry out the special journal that has become Trails for Dale.
Dale Burnes Golinski was born and raised in Georgia. She was a devoted wife and mother and had a profound respect for all living things. She was known for her mystical connection with animals, the beauty of her home and her gardens, and her wonderful sense of humor.
Dale was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36, when she underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Instead of anger and complaint, Dale instead gave support to those around her, who suffered the pain and fear of her condition. Over the next 13 years, Dale faced numerous metastases and medical challenges, but she refused to be defined by her disease.
Dale is remembered as a women of extraordinary strength and generosity of spirit. It is with great honor and pride that Barbara and her fellow travelers share Dale's story and her remarkable courage that has inspired their undertaking, and ask for support in the fight against breast cancer in her memory.