The Seattle 3-Day Top Fundraisers

After an excellent first day on the Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day, Dr. Sheri announced the top fundraisers for the event. A huge congratulations to all the participants and crew members who raised money to help end breast cancer! Seattle has some excellent fundraisers that have put some serious energy into raising funds for this great cause.  Here they are:

Top Fundraising Team: Valley Girls & Guys, $324,752; Tina McDonough (Captain)

Top Fundraising Team Award is accepted by

Top Fundraising Team Award is accepted by Captain Tina McDonough for Team “Valley Girls and Guys”

Top Fundraising Crew Member: Lori LeVander, $5,075; Sweep Crew

Though not present, Lori LeVander was given a huge round of applause for her fundraising efforts as the top Crew Member

Though not present, Lori LeVander was given a huge round of applause for her fundraising efforts as the top Crew Member

Top Individual Fundraiser: Loretta Englishbee, $28,162; Team Bee

accepts the award for Top Individual Fundraiser at the Seattle 3-Day

Loretta Englishbee accepts the Milestone award and the Top Individual Fundraiser award at the Seattle 3-Day

Getting Swept Away by the 3-Day Crew

Tracy D has been a Seattle 3-Day walker over several years, including last weekend’s 2013 event. But Tracy recalls how 2011 tested her in ways very few of us can imagine. Tracy got the news that every breast cancer survivor fears. “I learned that my cancer had spread. I had to endure surgery and 12 treatments of chemotherapy,” Tracy shared. Her hopes for leading Team Tracy to a record-making year were dashed.

Tracy (right) and Team Tracy member, Sandra share a smile at the end of the 2013 Seattle 3-Day

Tracy (right) and Team Tracy member, Sandra share a smile at the end of the 2013 Seattle 3-Day

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3 Days. 60 Miles. 90 Years.

Breast cancer survivor Sally D found her first 3-Day experience in San Francisco this July to be more than she could have ever imagined. So much so, it inspired her mom, Nancy to join Sally to walk in the 2013 Seattle 3-Day that started this morning. Nancy is celebrating her 90th birthday during her 3-Day weekend! Nancy’s granddaughter Christy also joined them to make a three-generation team.

(left to right)Sally D, Nancy R, and Christy D make up team "Nancy at Ninety"

(left to right) Sally D, Nancy R, and Christy D make up team “Nancy at Ninety” on the Seattle 3-Day in 2013

When Sally D came back from the San Francisco Bay Area 3-Day, she shared her memories with her mother. “I showed my 89 year-old mom the photos from my first 3-Day, and she got emotional recounting how her sister, Margaret, died of breast cancer at age 52. She said, ‘Sal, if I were younger, I would have liked to have walked with you. I am proud of you that you have done this.’”

Sally realized that her mother’s age didn’t have to stand in the way. “Why can’t she do it? She turns 90 on the 3-Day, so Team Nancy at Ninety was born. It was meant to be – Seattle is her childhood town!”

It took a bit of cajoling to convince Nancy that she could go the distance. “They have a sweep van,” mentioned her daughter Nancy. “You only need to walk a few miles at a time, then they’ll take you to the next pit stop. Whatever you can do will be perfect. We can even sleep in a hotel at night!”

Nancy with her daughter Sally are teaming up with their fundraising efforts. “We have handed out fliers around her neighborhood, and received a few donations. Her friends in her old community are supporting her. Our family is pitching in, and many of my friends are so inspired by her determination that they are donating again. Who wouldn’t be inspired by a 90 year old who has the guts to do this? Or even who has the ability to walk a mile each day! It has been phenomenal, and has given Mom a new focus for her life.”

Nancy (left) is turning 90 this weekend on her first Komen 3-Day® in Seattle this morning. Her daughter Sally (center) and granddaughter Christy (right) make up the team "Nancy at Ninety"

Nancy (left) is turning 90 this weekend on her first Komen 3-Day® in Seattle this morning. Her daughter Sally (center) and granddaughter Christy (right) are the team “Nancy at Ninety”

Sally reflected on her 3-Day journey that began when a friend asked, “Do you want to do the San Francisco 3-Day with me?” Sally said, “That small pebble tossed into still waters progressed from a ripple to a tsunami! It led to training, taking better care of myself, meeting others and creating a team that raised nearly $10,000. Now I am walking in my second 3-Day with my mom and our Seattle team. It’s approaching tsunami proportions!”

Here’s to Nancy, Sally, and Christy! Seattle participants, be sure to find team “Nancy at Ninety” and wish our special participant a happy 90th birthday!

Team "Nancy at Ninety" take a break during the 22.9-mile course in Seattle today in raising funds for breast cancer research

Team “Nancy at Ninety” take a break during the 22.9-mile course in Seattle today in raising funds for breast cancer research

Are you celebrating a milestone on the 3-Day? Share your story in the comments below.