“Hope believes boldly…”

We will all battle hopelessness at some point in our lives. And no matter who we are or what our situation, HOPE is one thing we all need.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles sheri prentiss hope

Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” But that is a watered down version of what hope really is. Hope is the “the happy and confident anticipation of good.” When we embrace hope on purpose, it influences our thoughts, our attitudes, our outlook and the way we speak. When you have hope, you speak with authority.

Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through your larynx. Words have real power. Words can do more than convey information; they can translate a desire into a physical reality. The power of our words can actually restore a broken spirit. I’ve personally witnessed the positive power of hope on the 3-Day, at every event! Like tools, our words can be used to help us reach our goals because the words we speak are actually the overflow of our hearts. And the hearts of our 3-Day family are full of compassion, love and determination.

Hope is not a wait-and-see attitude but an action we must choose to take on purpose each day. It’s the sometimes unexplainable, but always undeniable feeling that today would be a bad day to give up. Never assume that where you’ve been or where you are is as good as it gets. Hope believes boldly, decides daringly, speaks firmly and perseveres passionately. So LIVE with hope and encourage others to “Do Something Huge” and join us on our 3-Day journey. We will NEVER give up!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March to be Women’s History Month, dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women to history and contemporary society. During the month of March we have the opportunity to focus on the importance of women in society, their influence, and issues that affect them.

Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and year after year members of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® family appreciate this vital statistic as demonstrated in their display of unprecedented determination to bring an end to this disease.

Ninety percent of Komen 3-Day walkers have watched a loved one battle breast cancer and the vast majority of those cancer warriors were women—women who made significant contributions to their families, their professions, their churches and their communities. Every one of these women made history and changed the trajectory of lives forgotten and tossed, but their names will never make it onto the pages of a history book and their contributions will never be featured on the evening news. Yet these are women who should be celebrated, honored and acknowledged this month by the people who appreciate their worth and recognize their selfless giving.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog sheri prentiss

The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women’s history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it’s impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.

I celebrate the life and legacy of an unforgettable woman who certainly made history during her 30 plus years of employment with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: my mother, Yvonne Springs. My mother died on February 16, 2009, but in her lifetime she had a successful career and a forty-one year marriage to my dad, raised four socially responsible children, and was immensely involved in her church and community. She enjoyed being a woman, and taught me how to enjoy being the woman I am becoming.

Celebrate the women in your life and give a special shout out to our vast sisterhood of walkers, crew and volunteers!

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February Photo Challenge – ‘Taking Steps’

Thank you to everyone who posted photos on Instagram for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® February photo challenge. The theme was ‘Taking Steps,’ and we loved seeing how you all interpreted that. Here are a few of our favorite submissions:susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge

The March photo challenge is off and running, with the very inspiring theme of ‘Hope.’ Be sure to post early and often and show us what hope means to you.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk 60 miles instagram photo challenge

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