A Mother/Daughter Weekend – 3-Day Style

Joellyn W. experienced her first 3-Day as a walker in 2009, after she’d already worked for the 3-Day coaching staff for 5 years. It was a meaningful experience for her, in many ways.

Me and Dr. W

Joellyn and her mom share their 3-Day journey

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year earlier, had surgery, completed my treatment and was ready to do something to celebrate my surviving and thriving, so I decided to walk in the 3-Day. My mom also registered for the 3-Day Medical Crew, and we experienced our first 3-Day journey together. It was the best of the best.” Continue reading

Finding Motivation in Inspiration

As the daughter of a 13-year breast cancer survivor, cancer has hit very close to home for Molly Fast. She has dedicated herself to the cause, both as a 3-Day participant and as Associate Director of the 3-Day’s National Sales and Service team, where she and her team are committed to providing 3-Day participants with above and beyond customer service. 

I asked Molly what keeps her walking, even when her body tells her to quit:

Molly was all smiles as she set out on her first 3-Day in San Francisco. It took more than smiles to keep her going.

Molly was all smiles as she set out on her first 3-Day in San Francisco. It took more than smiles to keep her going.

All long-distance walkers know what it feels like when they “hit a wall”. During my very first 3-Day, I was silently praying for a sweep van to come and whisk me away. It was after lunch. I was heading up a hill. The six blisters I had – three on each foot – were putting a huge damper on my spirits. Each step was agonizing. Continue reading

The Twin Cities 3-Day Wrapup

The dedicated Susan G. Komen 3-Day® family of the Twin Cities put on an extraordinary event this year, beginning with a gorgeous sunrise over the Opening Ceremony and high spirits as participants moved from Edina into Minneapolis, passing by the scenic Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. The crews did a fantastic job, and their themed Pit Stops were awesome. A solid 1980s theme at lunch, complete with cutouts of celebrities of the time period, rejuvenated everyone to push through the 20.4-mile route. Diners were rewarded with entertainment, great games at the Camp Show by Bank of America and New Balance, and a stirring speech by John Shinar, who is walking all 14 events this year.

Day 2 proved to be a bit more challenging, as most walkers agree, that “Day 2 is the most difficult!” Newly formed blisters and sometimes old hot spots pop up on Day 2, and the extra length at 22.3 miles added to an arduous journey through the suburbs of Maplewood, Roseville, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights. Fortunately a strong and supportive crew both on the route and back at camp helped to make it possible. The famous couch continued to make its appearance along the route. The drumline and the post-lunch cheering stations were only some of the excellent roadside entertainment options on Saturday. What better way to celebrate the end of 40 miles and Day 2 than with the Satin Dolls and some dinner before hearing the stories of breast cancer survivors and involvement of the Youth Corps?

Most cities in the continental United States heat up at some point during the summer, and this weekend, temperatures climbed to dangerous levels on Sunday, and the starting point in the morning was made from the planned lunch stop. Thank you for being so accommodating! The shortened final day made for hot and humid, but taxing walk into the Participant Finish Area, on the beautiful lawns in front of the State Capitol. We all extend a special thanks to friends and family who made the Closing Ceremony even more special. Overlooking the hundreds of walkers and crew who made the Twin Cities 3-Day spectacular, flag bearers and breast cancer survivors alike could view the sea of support from so many who make this vibrant 3-Day® family in the Twin Cities so special.

Join us in the beautiful Twin Cities in 2014!

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