Catching Up With the Seattle 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series, we introduced the local coaches from each Komen 3-Day. These are the staff members who support the walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. We’ve already caught up with the Michigan and Twin Cities coaches, and the Seattle 3-Day coaches are in the spotlight this week (you can read last year’s “Meet the Seattle Coaches” here)!

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Seattle 3-Day?

Paula (Seattle Participant Coach) – I was heartbroken when a back injury kept me from going to the Seattle 3-Day in 2014. As I followed every Facebook post and had my little pity party that weekend, imagine my surprise when a photo of me appeared – it was “Flat Paula,” a picture of my face on a wooden handle – being a part of the entire 3-Day weekend. I was so touched that my co-workers had made sure that I was there, and loved all of the photos of Flat Me with walkers, crew and staff!

Aubrey and Jon with "Flat Paula"

Aubrey and Jon with “Flat Paula”

Aubrey (Seattle Local Events Coach) – Getting to hug people as they crossed the finish line is something I will never forget. Every time I think about it I get choked up. Seeing all those faces showing their pride in themselves and their loved ones, and knowing that they had just achieved greatness is truly an honorable energy to be around. From the people who have crossed the finish line for the umpteenth time, I am inspired by their devotion. For the first-time walker who wasn’t sure if she could do it when she first signed up, I am proud to see her shining so brightly as she finishes, victorious. To be in this position, to get to work with all of these wonderful participants, is truly a gift that I could not put a value on, and that very few will completely understand.11873396_10206315104630549_4253895415114018698_n

Jon (Seattle Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – The part that stands out most in my mind was walking into the Closing Ceremony arena, leading the entire Seattle 3-Day crew to their positions. It had been a long weekend but everyone was happy to be taking their final steps towards a wonderful ending. There were smiles galore and the cheers that went up when the walkers came by–unforgettable.Dancing Me

Fun facts about the Seattle 3-Day Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the Philadelphia 3-Day coaches’ check-in later in September!)

  1. I have lived in 8 states, including each of America’s “corner” states (Washington, California, Maine, and Florida).
  2. I’ve never broken a bone in my body.
  3. I won a dance contest at Howl at the Moon in Orlando against eight far inferior competitors.
  4. I am married to “Santa.” My hubby dons his red suit one day each every year to bring joy (and donated toys) to about 600 needy kids in our community.
  5. I’ve been a runner my whole life and this year I ran my first 50k race (that’s 31 miles)!
  6. I am a California native and have experienced the “thrill” (aka terror!) of living near the epicenter of two BIG earthquakes!
  7. In a recent feat of endurance, in May I drove from Seattle to Cleveland and back in 6 days.
  8. In my experience, seeing Jared Leto from 5 feet away is even better than cupcakes, tacos, and fuzzy socks (which are all things I also love)!
  9. “Here today, gone to Maui!” My favorite vacation spot is calling my name, and I am looking forward to spending two weeks in paradise shortly after the Seattle 3-Day.

 

Looking for the answers from the Twin Cities Coaches’ Fun Facts post? Here they are!

Amy; 2) Eileen; 3) Stephanie; 4) Stephanie; 5) Eileen; 6) Amy; 7) Stephanie; 8) Eileen; 9) Amy

Catching Up With the Twin Cities 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series, we introduced the local coaches from each event city. These are the staff members who support the Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. We checked in with the Michigan 3-Day coaches earlier this month, and today, the Twin Cities coaches—Stephanie, Eileen and Amy—are in the spotlight (you can read last year’s “Meet the Twin Cities Coaches” here)!

First Up…A New Team Member! – We’re happy to welcome new Crew & Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Schwager, to the Twin Cities 3-Day team. Amy is new to the Twin Cities event, but not new to the 3-Day, having been a staff member for many years. susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles twin cities coachesSince we didn’t “meet” her in last year’s blog post, here’s a little more detailed insight into Amy:

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer. – Magical, inspirational, and rewarding. I heart my crew!

We’re a few weeks from the Twin Cities event. What’s a typical day like for you these days? – My days (and some evenings) are spent doing whatever I can to support my crew captain leadership team. They are my fuel, my inspiration, and I want to do whatever I can to make their jobs easier on-event. The next couple of weeks I will send out final event documents, re-adjust crew teams based on our needs, finalize our day volunteer deployment, and finish checking off all of the pre-event items. And in just a few weeks all of our efforts will culminate on an incredible 3-Day weekend. Challenging in its distance, profound in its intensity and life changing in its scope. I am confident it is going to be empowering journey in an indescribable way!

 

Thanks, Amy! Now, let’s check in with Stephanie and Eileen too!

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Twin Cities 3-Day?

Stephanie (Twin Cities Local Events Coach) – I love the spirit and energy of the 3-Day weekend. Every mile along our route is filled with stories, laughter, hope and inspiration. Everyone is so nice and genuinely cares about each other. I always enjoy standing near finish line and watching the walkers celebrate their 60 mile journey!susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles twin cities coaches

Eileen (Twin Cities Participant Coach) – My favorite part of the 2014 Twin Cities 3-Day was finally getting to meet all of the participants I had been working with throughout the season. It was fun putting faces to names and remembering all of the conversations throughout the year. I love getting hugs from new-found friends. I am hoping to get many more this August! susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles twin cities coaches

Fun Facts About the Twin Cities Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; find the answers at the end of the Seattle coach catch-up, coming next month!)

  1. I have two delicious little boys (Brooks 7, Bryn 2) and a sweet golden retriever (Newton) who keep me smiling every minute of the day.
  2. My new favorite TV show is Scandal. I have watched the entire first four seasons since June.
  3. Bring me a coffee in the morning and you’re my friend for life.
  4. I recently got re-married and have discovered the delights and craziness of a blended family–including the joy of becoming a “GRANDMA” at the young age of 45!
  5. I love long driving vacations. We once drove 40 hours straight to San Francisco. Our favorite family vacation is a 22-hour drive to Myrtle Beach.
  6. I am always freezing. Even living in California, you can rarely catch me without my winter wool hat on.
  7. Besides being a 3-Day coach, my life revolves around keeping up with my three kids (ages 16, 13 and 10) and their very busy schedules. I know these days won’t last long, so I love every minute of it.
  8. I will be staffing six 3-Day events this year, and I am looking forward to seeing many of the Twin Cities participants in other cities too. Please stop and say hi!
  9. In college I did Semester at Sea—traveling to 14 different countries over 3 months. That experience left an imprint on my heart and I will forever love traveling and experiencing new cultures.

 

 

Looking for answers from the Michigan Coaches’ Fun Facts post? Here they are!

1) Ann; 2) Gina; 3) Ann; 4) Jennifer; 5) Jennifer; 6) Gina; 7) Jennifer; 8) Ann; 9) Gina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching Up With the Michigan 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series, we introduced the local coaches from each city. These are the staff members who support the Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles michigan coaches

(L-R) Ann, Jennifer and Gina

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. Michigan’s up first (you can read last year’s “Meet the Michigan Coaches” here)!

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Michigan 3-Day?

Jennifer (Michigan Participant Coach) – My favorite part of last year’s Michigan 3-Day was the few miles that I was able to walk the route and connect with walkers. I happened to be on the route at the same time as Amy, a first-time walker whom I had talked with over the phone many times, but we hadn’t yet had a chance to meet face-to-face.

Ann (Michigan Local Events Coach) – My favorite thing in 2014 was getting a chance to see all the folks that I had met at local events all year. Seeing those people out on the route or in camp having a terrific time was so wonderful! The absolute best was when people who had been terribly nervous (about the walking, the fundraising, the camping…) made a point to tell me how great the weekend was and how happy and proud they were that they had overcome their fears and made it to the 3-Day!

Gina (Michigan Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – It’s hard for me to pinpoint just one memory and there are so many parts of the event that I’ll always carry with me. I love seeing the camaraderie. The (pink) energy is contagious and the Michigan crew and walkers are a solid community fighting towards a world without breast cancer.

Fun facts about the Michigan Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the Twin Cities coach catch-up later this month!)

  1. Right after college I worked as a zookeeper at a small mid-Michigan animal park. I had the “tough” job of acclimating our new cougar kittens, which basically involved sitting in the enclosure while three rambunctious (yet adorable) young cougars climbed all over me.
  2. When I am not living all things 3-Day, I am mom to a spirited toddler and sweet baby!
  3. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of my favorite places and I look forward to the day when I can take an extended vacation to hike the backcountry.
  4. I am always on the lookout for ways to make fun memories and I have participated in mud runs, color runs, the Santa Hustle and the Polar Plunge.
  5. I love to read, and I challenged myself at the beginning of 2015 to read at least 24 books by 12/31/15.  I am currently on #14.
  6. Most evenings you can find me tuned into Bravo TV…It’s my guilty pleasure! I love all things reality television, celebrity gossip and fashion blogs.
  7. I live in the Chicago suburb where John Hughes (famous director of several 80s “brat pack” movies) lived and set his movies. Scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club were filmed at the high school my son attends.
  8. I have scars on my right hand from a disagreement with a baboon over who got to use my watch.
  9. In my close to 12 years with the 3-Day, I have worked in 3 different event cities but I am now proud to be back home in Michigan.