The First-Timers’ Guide to the 3-Day: Saying Yes, Part 1 of 3

The First-Timers’ Guide to the 3-Day is a series featuring blog posts from three brand new Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walkers (Sheilla, Jodie and Crystal). We met the First-Timers earlier this month, and over the next few days, they’re back to tell us about how they got involved with the Komen 3-Day, and what compelled them to finally say yes and sign up to walk for the first time.

Sheilla (Philadelphia 3-Day)susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog first timers guide sheilla

I don’t have any direct family connection with breast cancer. I don’t believe it’s necessary in order to support a cause. It takes passion, dedication, and the desire to help and support others. One motto I follow is, “Let’s not talk about, let’s do something about it.” There are many worthy causes that deserve attention and support, so why breast cancer? I think for me it is about the bond of sisterhood, the ability for women to join together and have a voice, to set aside our differences and to come together for one common reason and desire…to fight for a cure!

I first became aware of the 3-Day a few years ago when I was in the city one day and noticed people walking around dressed in different shades of pink, wearing big smiles, and having so much fun. I asked a few people and learned that it was the Komen 3-Day, and I remember thinking I wanted to do it one day. But you know how it goes; life gets in the way and soon a few years have gone by. I continued to think about doing the 3-Day (I had been getting more involved with breast cancer causes and events and I always thought back to those fun-filled pink walkers I saw in Philly), but the fundraising, the sleeping arrangements (I’m not the camping type), the bathrooms (how would I shower each day?) – all of these aspects of the 3-Day made me nervous.

But then, last summer, I went through a rough break-up which affected me strongly. I was in a pretty dark place, mentally, emotionally and physically. After weeks of feeling so lost, it occurred to me that I needed to focus on something bigger than myself and what I was going through, something that was only positive. My years-long goal of doing the 3-Day became the positive thing that I held onto. It came at the perfect time, by chance. To be able to give back was just what I needed.

But I was still nervous, especially about the fundraising. I called and spoke with Joanne, the Philly 3-Day coach, and she was so positive, encouraging, and informative. She answered all the questions I had, explained the details of the event, and listened as I shared my thoughts. I told her my concerns regarding the fundraising goal and my worries of not reaching it. Joanne shared some ideas and listened to mine. I had a few ideas planned and Joanne felt they were good and would definitely help me get to my goal without a problem. She was very convincing : ) When I got off the phone with her, I felt optimistic and decided I was going to do it. I told myself there was no better time than now to sign up, give it my best, and know that no matter what I am supporting a great cause. I even inspired my sister to sign up to walk with me; together, we’re “Sisters in Pink: Big or Small Save Them All!”

I am so grateful for the experience of being part of the 3-Day community. I know it’s called the 3-Day because that’s when we gather together to walk 60 miles as one union, sharing all the fears, tears and cheers, but I think it’s really a journey because I am not focused just on October 2-4. Every single day I am mindful of the cause as I put on my sneakers to walk with my dog, lead or participate in training walks, look at the ribbons displayed around me, talk to others about my experience, etc. I think my impression now is so much more than what I originally thought. It’s going to be fun, I don’t doubt it, but it’s also going to be so much more than I imagined: life-changing, memorable, love-filled, joyous, tear-jerking, incredible.


Be sure to visit the blog again tomorrow, when we’ll hear all about First-Timer Jodie, and what led her to the 3-Day!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…This Blog Post

Today is Earth Day, and in the spirit of the occasion, we’re recycling our Earth Day post from last year! Okay, maybe that’s not the kind of conservation that Earth Day promotes, but it is a good reminder from us to you about How the 3-Day Stays Green in a Pink World.

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Spring Pinning

We’re adding fun, inspiring and informative pins to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Pinterest boards all the time. Below, see some highlights of what we’ve pinned so far this spring, and to see all of the tidbits we’ve collected from the far reaches of the internet, visit the Komen 3-Day Pinterest page at On our Creative Fundraising board, we share ideas you can use to raise money for the 3-Day®. Silent auctions are a common fundraising strategy amongst 3-Dayers, and here, we found some terrific ideas for themed baskets you can auction or sell. susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest creative fundraisingWe have an entire board with Portraits of Inspiration, images that we’ve found and we hope will inspire you too with their beauty. This shot of lovely pink fall leaves was, oddly enough, one of our favorite images from this spring. susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest portraits of inspiration The Happy & Healthy board is where we pin the great health/wellness/fitness finds we discover, like this brilliant list of ways to incorporate more water into your daily nutritional regimen.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest happy and healthy If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s quotes. Well, we love them too, so we pin regularly to our Quotable Quotes board.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest quotable quotes Pinterest is a great site for education, as well as inspiration, so we share facts and statistics we find on our Breast Cancer Facts board. This one definitely inspires.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest facts   Remember to follow the 3-Day on Pinterest so you never miss the new and exciting morsels we pin every week.