I have to send out belated birthday wishes to Andrea Evans, actress formerly on tv's One Life to Live. As a teenager, I had a bit of a crush on Ms. Evans. I was heavily into autographs at the time, but I could never get a signed picture of Evans, much to my frustration.
In the late 90's, I met Evans for the first time at a local mall, where she was doing a product promotion. I finally got my autographed photo after so many years.
A couple years later, I learned that Evans was involved with the Walk for Hope (to cure breast cancer). There are several Walks nationwide and Evans participates in a couple every year, usually doing the Chicago one with her mom, a cancer survivor.
As the Marketing Manager at Lerner Newspapers, I worked out a deal where Lerner became a sponsor of the Walk. Later, Evans would become one of our celebrity spokespeople for the NIE ad series.
Global Traveler magazine has also been a sponsor of the Walk. Last year, I did an interview with Evans for a piece on the Walk for the GT website.