The 2015 3-Day – Best of the Blog

If you’ve been a part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in any way, you know how powerful sharing your story can be, as well as how meaningful it is to listen to the others’ stories. Our stories are what unite us together as a whole, as the Komen 3-Day community. Every week, we bring you some of those stories through the 3-Day® blog: stories that make us smile, stories that evoke emotion, stories that serve as helpful tools for achieving success on the 3-Day and stories that bring us closer together. Let’s take a look back at some of the best of the best blog posts from 2015. Whether you’re new to the 3-Day, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, with our wide variety of stories there’s truly something relevant to everyone.

The Community That Walks Together

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12 Things 3-Day Walkers Have to Explain to Outsiders –Let’s kick things off with this year’s most viewed blog post. There’s absolutely no other experience like participating in the 3-Day, and we’ve highlighted some of the event’s main features here (grahamwich goodness included).

The Insider’s Peek at the 3-Day Route – Part 1 (also see Part 2) -Here’s another one of our most viewed posts from 2015. The yellow brick road to the 3-Day finish line, known as the route, is the place where most walkers spend the majority of their waking hours while on the 3-Day. Maybe you’ve blazed the 3-Day trail many times or perhaps you’ll be hitting the ground walking your first event next year. Either way, get the exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop on all the detail and care that goes into planning the route (warning: hills ahead).

3-Day Training Walk Leaders Answer the Question: Why Should I Come to a Training Walk? -Walking 60 miles in 3 days is no easy feat. Even for the most athletic of us, the right kind of training isn’t something that should be overlooked. Throughout the year, our training walk leaders bring 3-Day walkers together not only to walk, but for a number of other reasons. Some of our training walk leaders explain the many benefits of attending official training events in this insightful blog post.

Participant Stories

Participant Stories

“I know she’s there.” –Anna’s Story -We see hundreds of people on every 3-Day event as extraordinary as Anna and her family. People who have endured pain that many of us can’t fathom. People who have celebrated small victories only then to be faced with indescribable losses. But people who also possess some of the strongest spirits of hope you could conceive. Tissues highly recommended while reading this story.

A Piglet Princess Makes Her 3-Day Debut -It’s all in the family. This cute and heartwarming story about how a daughter is following in her (famous) father’s footsteps, carrying on his unique 3-Day legacy in her own way, is guaranteed to brighten your day!

A Disruption of Pink – Seattle 3-Day Team GTM -When a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, one extended family decided to take action by forming a 3-Day team. What started out as the name of their high school basement band years ago, ended up becoming team GTM – a force of pink to be reckoned with.

How to Achieve Your Fundraising Goal

Fundraising

You Can Raise $2,300 in One Month -Did you know it’s possible to raise $2,300 in as little as one month? Say what?!? Find out how with this fun visual infographic.

Fundraising Strategy: Mark Your Calendars! -Of course, there are many strategies you could use to achieve your fundraising goal. We’ve got a whole section of our blog dedicated solely to fundraising tips and resources, which you can find here. Maybe your fundraising goal isn’t attainable in one month. What’s important is that you have a plan. A great strategy 3-Day coach, Eileen, shared with us involves assigning creative fundraising ideas to holidays and special events throughout the year.

How to Tell Your Story – A Guest Post by Coach Susan -Your story is very important; it is powerful and has the potential to impact others in extraordinary ways. However, at times, it can be difficult to share. One of our 3-Day coaches, Susan, gives her advice on how you can share your valuable story the way it deserves to be shared.

In Their Own Words – Featured Guest Posts

In Their Own Words

“Love will still be there…” –A Guest Post Love Story -“Cancer can’t change who you are or those qualities that you carry which someone who truly loves you will adore despite your cancer. I want that young survivor to keep hope, to keep dreaming, to not let fear take over the strength and beauty she has within her.” Rachel shares beautiful love story for the romantic and an empowering love letter to cancer survivors.

“I didn’t have to watch anymore. I could walk.” – A Guest Post -“This walk became one of the best things I could do for myself. The thing with cancer is it makes you feel helpless. You watch your mom become weak, her body a shell of what it once was…you watch. But with the 3-Day, I didn’t have to watch anymore. I could walk.” Carly opens up about her mother’s difficult battle with breast cancer, and why she, as a mother herself now, has walked eight 3-Day events.

10 Reasons to Register Today – A Guest Post by Jessica C. – 3-Day participants make sacrifices to be a part of the fight against breast cancer, but those sacrifices are not without reward. If you’ve ever considered walking the 3-Day before, we encourage you to expand your ideas on not only what you can give to the 3-Day, but what the 3-Day can give to you (and no, that’s not being selfish).

Be Prepared

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5 Essential Links to Prepare You for the 3-Day -You may want to bookmark this one for next year. We provide you with the resources you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to go for the 3-Day–from what to pack to walking hacks–all wrapped up in one short and sweet blog post.

Essential Tips for 3-Day Travelers – “It’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey.” That journey doesn’t simply include the 3-Day itself, but also the travel and preparation it takes to get to the starting line. Travel can be stressful, but this useful guide will help you make your trip to and from the 3-Day as smooth as possible, that way, you’ll be a happy camper.

What’s in Your Pack? -As the saying goes: a good 3-Day walker is always prepared (or something along those lines). Do you have all the necessities needed to survive the 3-Day? See what essentials some of our seasoned 3-Day professionals keep in their packs.

Just For Fun

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Things No 3-Day Walker Said, Ever  – “We’d bet our fanny packs that there are some things you’ll never hear a Komen 3-Day walker say.” We brought out the silly side of the 3-Day in this hilarious blog post. Go ahead, have a laugh!

16 Ways to Pass the Time While Walking in the 3-Day – For 3-Day walkers, it takes about 8 hours to walk the 20-mile route each day, and even the most dazzling conversationalists sometimes run out of things to talk about during those many hours of walking. Or perhaps sometimes they just need a playful diversion. This list gives walkers some fun ways to pass the time to keep them focused on something other than how much their feet hurt or how badly they need a porta-potty.

9 Ways You Can Make Friends Through the 3-Day – On the 3-Day, we like to say “there are no strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet.” It’s no secret that we’re like one big, pink family. Learn more about the many ways in which the 3-Day is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other people and make meaningful connections.

What was your favorite post from 2015? Share in the comments below!

December 1 is #GivingTuesday – Give Some Love to the 3-Day

This week marks the countdown to one of the busiest weekends of the year. On Thursday, families and friends will join to celebrate Thanksgiving. But just when the leftover turkey is packed up and the dishes are all (well, mostly) cleaned, here comes the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday, followed by the continued retail bustle on Saturday and Sunday. After that is Cyber Monday, the day when millions of consumers get out of the stores and on to their computers to find online deals and discounts. All told, American consumers spend billions of dollars getting a jump on holiday shopping.

But then, as the dust settles from the busy retail weekend, we have the breath of fresh air known as #GivingTuesday.

The website for #GivingTuesday (yes, the hashtag is part of the day’s name) shares this description of the holiday: “Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.”

The 3-Day = Giving

Here at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, we witness our participants’ dedication to giving. Every year, thousands of Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members give their energy, time, passion, emotion, and in some cases, even their toenails in a truly extraordinary effort to put an end to breast cancer.IMG_7506

And then there are the tens of thousands of 3-Day® donors who give their hard-earned dollars to fund Susan G. Komen®’s critical mission programs of research, community health, education, public policy and global initiatives.

Here are a few ways that the 3-Day community can make the most of #GivingTuesday:

  • Make the Commitment – If you haven’t already, register to walk the 3-Day in 2016. Registration for all 2016 3-Day events is open, and if you register by December 9, registration is just $35.IMG_8162
  • Make a Big Push for Donations – For those of you already registered for a 2016 3-Day event, use #GivingTuesday to make a big push for donations. Social media will be bustling with #GivingTuesday activity on December 1, so to help your efforts stand out, we’ve made some inspiring graphics for the 3-Day. You are welcome and encouraged to download and share these images next Tuesday. 3Day_2015_SocialMedia_Holidays_GivingTuesday_001_B 3Day_2015_SocialMedia_Holidays_GivingTuesday_002_B 3Day_2015_SocialMedia_Holidays_GivingTuesday_003_B 3Day_2015_SocialMedia_Holidays_GivingTuesday_004_B 3Day_2015_SocialMedia_Holidays_GivingTuesday_005_B
  • Make Yourself Seen – #GivingTuesday is promoted as a social media-driven day of charitable giving, so posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be your go-to methods of reaching people on December 1. This is not a day to be shy on social media; go ahead and post frequently without worrying about being “pushy.” This will be a day when people want to give; use our tools (and the quote photos above) to make yourself and your 3-Day fundraising stand out. Go to The3Day.org/Widgets to add the 3-Day app to your Facebook page, and check out our suggested messages for social media at The3Day.org/Social.
  • Make it Easy – Remember, the easiest way for donors to give to your 3-Day fundraising efforts is online, and the easiest way for them to find YOU is through your personal URL (the web address that will point donors directly to your personal fundraising page). Need help setting up your personal URL? Click here for a handy how-to, or call the 3-Day coaches at 800-996-3DAY for help.

We’re eager to see how you make #GivingTuesday a remarkable day for the 3-Day! Be sure to share your stories with us on social media, and don’t forget to tag us with #The3Day in your posts.

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