Congratulations to the San Diego Milestone Award Winner, Debbie M.!

As we have done at every Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event this year, we took a moment during the Friday night camp show to recognize the Milestone Award winner for the San Diego 3-Day. This award is given at each 3-Day to a walker whose history of participation in the 3-Day stands out, and for San Diego, we were pleased to honor Debbie M. from Huntington Beach, CA.

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Debbie and Dr. Sheri share a moment at the Friday night camp show

The 2014 San Diego 3-Day is Debbie’s 13th event. Debbie, a self-described “food, wine and animal lover” has been an active San Diego walker since 2002. That was the year she founded the team Surf City Tittys, which has become one of the longest-standing teams on the San Diego event. Collectively, the team has raised nearly a million dollars during its history; on her own, Debbie has raised an incredible $73,592.

The 3-Day and the breast cancer cause are close to Debbie’s heart and home. She is a two-time survivor, and a carrier of the BRCA gene (as are 13 of her family members, including her daughter). She is outspokenly dedicated to finding a cure, and it shows through her outstanding commitment to the 3-Day.

Congratulations to you, Debbie! We’re so proud and happy to have you as part of our family.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the San Diego 3-Day Top Fundraisers!

In the early hours of Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in San Diego, there was some concern that the weather was not going to cooperate. After a rainy night and early morning, the Opening Ceremony site was covered with puddles and a light drizzle continued to fall. But by the time the Ceremony had begun, the dark clouds had passed, leaving a dazzling blue sky and stunning sunrise. The change from gloomy to glorious was a fitting parallel to what many Komen 3-Day participants experience in their fundraising journeys: a concerning start, followed shortly by a lifting of the clouds and dazzling prospects ahead.

If that analogy is true for the average 3-Day® fundraiser, it’s even more fitting for the top fundraisers for the San Diego 3-Day, individuals and teams who shine through the clouds more brightly than anyone.

Top Individual Fundraiser

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Michelle (center), the Top Individual Fundraiser in San Diego

Michelle B., the captain of Team Michelle, has made remarkable strides in her five years as a 3-Day walkers. This year, she earned the distinction of top individual fundraiser, bringing in an amazing $42,212. Across her five events, she has raised a lifetime total of $57,072. In addition to growing her fundraising total, Michelle has grown her team from 14 their first year (2010) to 35 this year, including her nephew, who traveled from Kansas with his mom to participate as part of the San Diego Youth Corps this weekend.

Top Fundraising Team

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Representatives from PBO (left three), including team captain Amy B. (center)

It’s hard to walk around the San Diego 3-Day without seeing the name Powered by Optimism. The San Diego 3-Day’s largest team with 109 members, Powered by Optimism, or PBO as they’re known, was also the top fundraising team in San Diego this year, raising $302,745. The team, led by captain Amy B. (who was also the Top Training Walk Leader in San Diego this year) is in its 5th year as team, and has raised a grand total of $901,291 in that time. Wow!

Top Crew Fundraiser

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Top Crew Fundraiser, Carol B. (left)

It’s worth mentioning, in case anyone isn’t aware, that 3-Day crew members, while encouraged to raise moneyas part of their crew commitment, are not required to raise a cent. This reality makes the $15,017 that was raised by Top Crew Fundraiser Carol B., all the more astonishing. Carol, a member of the Traffic Control crew team, is participating in her 9th event over her 8 years with the 3-Day, and is a 10 year survivor.

(Side note: In addition to Carol, there are two other crew members who have raised more than $10,000 in San Diego this year. Our heartfelt thanks go to Lori O. and Sandi S., both members of the sweep crew team, who each raised $10,102.01, more than 3 times what is required of individual walkers. Amazing!)

Congratulations to all of these extraordinary members of the 3-Day family, and every San Diego 3-Day participant who raised money this year. With you, we are all that much closer to our goal of ending breast cancer in our lifetimes.

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,

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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.