Introducing the 3-Day Series Walkers – Part 2

Anyone who steps up to the challenge of participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is making an incredible commitment. The months spent on fundraising strategy and execution, training plans and schedules, prepping, packing and traveling almost make it feel like the Komen 3-Day is your second job (good thing it’s a job you love!).

That’s why it’s especially remarkable when we meet a walker who makes the extraordinary decision to walk in every 3-Day® event in one year. In the past, there have been one or two walkers each year who dedicate themselves to walking the “full series,” but in 2014, we are honored to have eight amazing people taking on the full series and walking in all seven 3-Day events.

Yesterday, you met Nicole H. and Melissa, and today, we meet the two marvelous men who are walking all seven 3-Day events this year. Tomorrow, we’ll introduce you to walkers 5 and 6!

Jim H.

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Jim and his dear friend Zoie, who were brought together by fate and the 3-Day

  • What’s your name and where are you from?Jim Hillmann – San Jose, CA
  • What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – I began walking in 2008 and have walked in 28 events so far, with 7 more planned for this year. In 2011, I walked in all 14 events, having walked in 24 events in the last three years.
  • How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – My mom died from breast cancer in 2004 and in 2008, I realized I could continue to think it was unfair that mom had died from breast cancer or get off the sidelines and make a difference in finding a cure through my participation.
  • Are you part of any teams in 2014? – I am walking with Team Tiaras in Dallas.
  • What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – This is the 10th anniversary of my mom’s death and I am doing it to honor her life and her courage in her fight against breast cancer.
  • What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – Each year I try to add a different fundraiser that will reach a different demographic so I am not always seeking funds from the same people. I also only try fundraisers that I have a passion for as I think this passion translates to one’s passion for finding a cure for breast cancer and helping others. If one is not excited about the fundraiser, many will take that to mean they are also not excited about finding a cure. I also try not to be discouraged if a fundraiser doesn’t do as well as anticipated, but determine the reason it didn’t succeed and make changes or try something else. In short, do not be discouraged but learn from the experience and move forward.
  • What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – I’m looking forward to renewing friendships from the cities I walked in during 2011 and making new friendships with fellow walkers, crew and all our supporters. I’m also looking forward to sharing my story and hearing others as we all walk for a cure.
  • Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – Not really. During my first years walking, there were many unknowns that sometimes cause a few butterflies, but I have learned from many personal experiences that one only has to “lean back” and let the community support you when one has doubt, for it will be there with open arms ready to help.
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Life changing experience

 

 

William K.

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William walking in his trademark pink kilt

  • What’s your name and where are you from? – William Kline, live in Seattle, WA, born in Erie, PA
  • What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – I have walked in Seattle for the last 9 years and in 2012 walked Seattle and Tampa.
  • How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – I first got involved because “I can” and did not think I had any direct connection. I soon found out that friends would open up about their connection and thus I was now connected. I have since had many instances of friends, new friends, and family members share their experience.
  • Are you part of any teams in 2014? – No
  • What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – This being my 10th year, I wanted to stretch my commitment and seven events was a goal I knew I could achieve.
  • What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – Talking with friends and new friends I meet during my training walks. Working with some businesses to display my cards and I held a fundraiser. I currently have raised over $12,000 and I am working to reach the minimum, but won’t stop there. Fundraising will continue until San Diego.
  • What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – Traveling to the events, meeting the walkers, meeting new 3-Day crew members and reconnecting with members I have met over the years, and really looking forward to connecting/meeting with the local volunteers.
  • Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – LOL, losing luggage (which is very rare these days, but it happens)!
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Inspired, committed, family

 

Come back tomorrow and meet two more of the full series 3-Day walkers!

Introducing the 3-Day Series Walkers – Part 1

Anyone who steps up to the challenge of participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is making an incredible commitment. The months spent on fundraising strategy and execution, training plans and schedules, prepping, packing and traveling almost make it feel like the Komen 3-Day is your second job (good thing it’s a job you love!).

That’s why it’s especially remarkable when we meet a walker who makes the extraordinary decision to walk in every 3-Day® event in one year. In the past, there have been one or two walkers each year who dedicate themselves to walking the “full series,” but in 2014, we are honored to have eight amazing people taking on the full series and walking in all seven 3-Day events.

Today, let’s meet two of the series walkers, and we’ll introduce you to the rest over the next few days!

Nicole H.

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Nicole and her primitive pink friend

  • What’s your name and where are you from? – My name is Nicole Hercules and I am from St. Peters, Missouri
  • What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – I began walking the 3-Day in 2010. Last year I completed my 6th event as a walker with the 3-Day.
  • How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – I became involved with the 3-Day because I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2004. In 2009, I also discovered that I am considered high risk. Those were my main reasons in 2010, now in 2014 there are too many to even count.
  • Are you part of any teams in 2014? – I am on a team for every 3-Day except for Twin Cities.
  • What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer a few days before I left for the Cleveland event last year. He passed away on November 5, 2013. I have now lost two parents to cancer. I will turn 40 in August, and it will be my 10th birthday without my mom. I figured if there was a year to do it, this would be the one.
  • What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – Ask anyone and everyone. All they can say is no. Also don’t be afraid to try new things. You never know what might take off.
  • What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – Making a difference and meeting new people. I want to show others that anything can be done if you want it bad enough. There isn’t much in the world that I want more than a cure for cancer.
  • Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – Not really. Maybe back-to-back 3-Day events; I haven’t ever done those before. Oh and that crazy long bridge in Seattle.
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Hope, Cure, and Love

 

Melissa P.

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Yeah. Melissa looks ready. :)

  • What’s your name and where are you from? – Melissa Province – Minneola, Kansas
  • What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – 2011 – walked Dallas (with broken foot!); 2012 – walked Dallas; 2013 – walked San Diego [Correction: Melissa walked Seattle in 2013!]
  • How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – Shortly after my step mother Marcy faced her 2nd diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, I decided I wanted to be more actively involved with advocating, awareness and early detection. My grandmother, a breast cancer survivor and one of my biggest motivators, had a huge influence on my decision to get involved with the 3-Day. After all, I had 2 amazing examples of fighters, 2 inspiring stories of hope, and 2 perfect examples of the importance of early detection right before my eyes.
  • Are you part of any teams in 2014? – I am so excited about my teams this year! In Michigan, I have the honor to walk with Cleveland Cleavage. Twin Cities, I am available if anyone needs another walker to join their team! Philly, I have the privilege to be part of an amazing team known as Breast Friends of Pennsylvania. Seattle is exciting because I will get to walk with my awesome friends as part of Team Tracy! Atlanta, I am joining the Atlanta Alliance. Dallas, I am walking with the Wonder Boobs! San Diego, I get to be reunited with the every so classy and super sassy team that I love with all of my heart, Saving Private Tatas.
  • What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – I am a dreamer, so since 2012 I knew that someday I would walk all of the 3-Day events in one year. I like to set insane goals and then go out there and grab them. I wasn’t really sure that this was the year – until my Sole Sister, Nicole [Hercules, a fellow 2014 series walker] called me with the news of her father passing from lung cancer. My immediate response was “I have to walk all 7.” She agreed that she had to as well. We quickly went on a registering spree, and here we are!
  • What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – The best way to raise money is to simply ask. When people know that you are only “so much” short of a goal, they want to help you. If I am $100 short of hitting the 70% mark, I post that to Facebook. Personally, I think that people enjoy knowing that they were responsible for getting you to the next mile marker. When all else fails, you tell people that your gigantic husband will paint his toenails pink when your account reaches $100, dye his beard pink at $500, dance in a tutu at $1000 and cook pizza in your restaurant all weekend long in a tutu once your reach $2300. It will freak your kids out, but your account fills up pretty quickly!
  • What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – I love people, so I am most looking forward to making new friends. I am also looking forward to camping in a hot pink tent, and the Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – Nervous, I am! I am absolutely freaking out about hitting my fundraising minimum for all 7 cities. It is such a huge dedication, and I don’t want to fail anyone because I fell short of the fundraising requirements.
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Motivational, Inspirational, Sensational!

 

Come back to the 3-Day blog tomorrow to meet two more of our full series walkers!

Movin’ and Groovin’ With Dr. Sheri

The 3-Day blog is happy to welcome back Dr. Sheri Prentiss, National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®. Training for the Komen 3-Day is well underway for most walkers, and Dr. Sheri joins us this week to share some of her go-to tunes for staying motivated and moving.

“Music for me is a good distraction and ups my effort. It also puts me ‘in the zone’ and makes me want to move. Here are some of my favorites when I’m training for the 3-Day:

‘Survivor’ (of course!) (Destiny’s Child)

‘Good Feeling’ (Flo-Rida)

‘I’m Every Woman’ (Whitney Houston)

‘Let’s Go’ (Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo)

‘Right Now’ (Van Halen)

‘Turn Up the Music’ (Chris Brown)

‘Run the World’ (Beyoncé)

Whatever your favorite tune might be, your body automatically feels the beat of the music you listen to. You instinctively adjust your walking pace and heart rate to the tempo of the music. Listening to music while exercising can create an increased sense of motivation, as well as the ability to distract the mind while increasing heart rate. Training for my 3-Day experience is a wonderful distraction from everyday life, and my music takes it to a whole new level. So, get out there and get training!”

 

Thanks, Dr. Sheri! We can’t wait to boogie down with you on the 3-Day events this year!