Carol Bitner and her walk-mate, Bill Caputi, were married Sunday after finishing the Breast Cancer 3-Day fundraising trek from Buford to Atlanta. About 2,200 people walked for the 3-Day – large-scale fundraiser for breast cancer research that benefits Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
The two met in early 2008 as Bitner, who is a breast cancer survivor, was training for the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-Day. Training was one of the most important parts of Bitner’s life last year, and Caputi wanted to support her, he said. So they started walking together.
“I met him when I was training, and he just stepped in right away,” she said.
Those weekly – and sometimes twice-weekly – walks of five to 15 miles gave the new couple a lot of time to get to know each other. Then, about five weeks ago, Caputi popped the question, and Bitner said yes. The intervening weeks have felt like he was living in a Disney movie, Caputi said.
Bitner and Caputi feel like they are starting a new chapter in their lives, and the support they’ve received from their friends and family has been amazing, Caputi said. “At this point in life, to feel like this is like being rejuvenated,” he said. “Not just the body, but the heart, the soul – all of that is feeling like it’s 25 or 30 years old.”
Now that’s a great way to end such an important walk! We love her pink hat and veil too!