What One Word Describes How You Feel Right Now?

There was a scenic stretch of Purple Trail that runs through Carrollton today, marking roughly the 30-mile point in the Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day. It was here that I turned on my voice recorder, moseyed on up alongside dozens of walkers and asked them to give me one word to describe how they felt right then. Their answers were inspiring, funny, honest, touching and sometimes surprising.

By far, the most frequent answer was AWESOME, followed closely by GREAT, INSPIRED and MOTIVATED.

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The walkers’ one-word responses, in word cloud from! (Created on Tagxedo.com)

At least a tenth of folks who answered couldn’t keep it to just one word (mostly because “Need to pee!” is three words), but the multi-word answers were wonderful too, including:

  • “Good, good, good!” (he made sure I got all three)
  • “Oh so pretty!”- said by a very handsome fella in a very frilly tutu
  • “Not too bad.”
  • “Pretty good.”
  • “Excited to be around my breast friends!”
  • “Can do.”
  • “Loving this!”
  • And yes, a few responses of, “I can’t say it…”

A few of the one-word answers prompted me to ask for more information:

Her: “Anxious.”
Me: “Why?”
Her: “To get to lunch!”

Him: “Good!”
Me: “Good is good.”
Him: “Today’s my mom’s birthday.”
Me: “Oh, that is good!”
Him: “Well, it would’ve been her birthday… ‘Mom’. That’s my one word.”

Her: “Stubborn.”
Me: “Stubborn?”
Her: “I just have to keep going!”

Her: “Desperate!”
Me: “Oh no! Desperate for what?”
Her: “Rewrapping my feet. But don’t say ‘desperate.’ Say ‘inspired’ instead!”

Her: “Lucky.”
Me: “Lucky why?”
Her: “That I can do this.”

Her: “I don’t know! So many conflicting emotions!”
Me: “So… ‘emotional’?”
Her: “HappySadAwesome.”

One guy seemed caught off guard by my question, then laughed and said, “Distracted! That’s the problem, I was staring off into space so I wouldn’t have to think about how I felt!”

Another man, without hesitation answered, “Grateful.” I asked, “Grateful for what?” He replied, “That Komen provided an opportunity to do something like this.” The woman he was walking with added, “Humbled.” A few moment later, the two walkers who were a few yards behind them asked what their answers were, and when I told them, they said, “They’re walking for their mom.”

Thanks for playing along, Dallas/Fort Worth walkers! There aren’t enough words in the book to describe how we feel about YOU!

Congratulations to the Dallas/Fort Worth Milestone Award Winner, Burt L.!

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Milestone Award is given at each event to one walker who has an outstanding history or participation in the Komen 3-Day, and we were thrilled to recognize the incredible Burt L. with this special honor in Dallas/Fort Worth last night.

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Burt with Dr. Sheri

This is Burt’s 11th year participating in the 3-Day®, with this Dallas/Fort Worth event being his 19th event. He originally got involved with the 3-Day as a way to honor his dear cousin Judy, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2004. Just one week after her passing, Judy’s daughters registered for the San Diego event, and it didn’t take Burt long to decide to put his body on the line and join them. Over a decade later, Burt still captains team JuJu’s Girls (and Boys) in Dallas/Fort Worth, in Judy’s memory.

In his time as a 3-Day participant, Burt alone has raised an astonishing $182,170. Even with a total as impressive as that, it’s not the huge numbers but the small moments that stand out the most. Burt shared one of his favorite memories from a 3-Day event, which happened a few years ago here in DFW on Day 3 of the walk. As he was turning a corner after a big cheering station, Burt saw an elderly woman sitting on a beach chair along the sidewalk. She was holding a sign that said, “Thank you. I am a 50-year survivor.” Burt approached her, knelt down, took her hand and kissed it. The glow on her face made all the aches of Day 3 disappear. It’s the kind of connection that makes the 3-Day such an miraculous experience, and Burt is the kind of person who makes those connections his priority.

Congratulations to Burt, the Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Milestone Award winner.

Congratulations to the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Top Fundraisers!

It was a chilly start to Day 1 of the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day this morning, but soon the sun was shining and guiding the way for the amazing walkers and crew across 20 beautiful miles. The camp show welcoming everyone home included powerful speeches, incredible live entertainment, and some well earned recognition for the top fundraisers.

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Huge thanks and congratulations go to Amy K., the top individual fundraiser for the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day. Amy, who is walking for just the second time ever, raised an astonishing $19,170, making her total over two years $36,868. In addition to being a superstar fundraiser, Amy is also the captain of Save the Boobies, and was a literal superstar on her college basketball team, where as a freshman, she set the record in the Southern Conference for blocked shots. That’s what we call the height of impressiveness!

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With 93 members, Dallas/Fort Worth’s biggest team in 2014 is also the team that raised the most money of any team: Boxing Babes Round 8. This year, their 8th with the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, they brought in a total of $157,073. Earlier this year, Boxing Babes Round 8 surpassed the $1 million for fundraising total as a team during their 8 year history, and they ended up with a lifetime total of $1,064,991. Wow! Team captain Bernadette S. was on hand for her team’s recognition,

Top Crew Fundraisersusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk 60 miles blog dallas fort worth top fundraiser crew

Rebecca R. raised more money than any other crew member this year, with a remarkable $4,285 raised. This Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, where Rebecca is part of the Gear & Tent crew team, is her 10th event in 10 years, during which time, Rebecca has raise a total of $25,855. When she’s not schlepping people’s luggage around, Rebecca loves to dance, work out, and be her husband’s ranch hand. Not many people know she has a ranch where she feeds animals, hauls hay, clears limbs and more!

Our sincerest thanks go out to all of these extraordinary fundraisers, and every dedicated fundraiser on the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day.