As the National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, Dr. Sheri Phillips has a priceless perspective on the 3-Day. She is there for every single event, meets hundreds of walkers and crew members personally, and touches the lives of thousands beyond that with her charisma, energy and passionate dedication to ending breast cancer. We asked for some of her reflections on this year’s 3-Day:
“The 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day Series went by so incredibly fast! It was a year of joyous reunions with returning walkers and crew members and getting to know so many of our new walkers. This season brought a continuous smile to my face as I heard stories of compassion, perseverance and triumph.
“I remember what it felt like as a first-time walker when I participated in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day. The love and compassion I felt as a survivor was indescribable as I was surrounded by thousands of people who shared the same goal as me – creating a world without breast cancer. It was life changing. And now after completing my third year as national spokesperson, this event is still changing my life.
“This year John Shinar followed in the footsteps of Jim Hillmann (2011) and Glen Dekeyser (2012) by walking in all (14) 3-Day events in 2013, in honor and memory of his beautiful wife, Martha, who died from breast cancer in June 2012. They shared a beautiful 30 year marriage, 20 years of which she battled the disease.
John Shinar walked 840 Miles for Martha in 2013
John and Dr. Sheri share Martha’s story in camp
“I met Tommi-Jean Mason in 2011 when she was wheelchair bound and had to be pushed the entire 60 miles. In 2012, she walked all 60 miles with the assistance of a wheeled walker. This year the miracles continued as this young woman who was told she would never walk again walked all 60 miles without any assistance! When she arrived to camp on Friday night as our last walker, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I burst into tears, but within moments my tears turned to laughter as she looked me square in the eye with similar tears running down her red cheeks and exclaimed ’I have blisters Dr. Sheri! I walked all 20 miles and I have blisters!’ She was the first walker to ever tell me they were happy to have blisters!