Congratulations to the Atlanta 3-Day Top Fundraisers!

Day 1 of the Atlanta 3-Day has come to a close, and our 21.4 mile journey was filled with beautiful moments, like a brilliant sunrise over Stone Mountain, a fantastic cheering station in Stone Mountain Village, and many other great stops along the way. We ended the day with an exciting Camp Show, where we stretched, heard from inspiring speakers, played games, and celebrated some very special people. Please join us in congratulating the top fundraisers for the Komen 3-Day this weekend.

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Top Individual Fundraiser

Congratulations to Jennifer C., who raised $38,000 this year and has raised an astounding $134,265 in her lifetime. This is Jennifer’s 4th year and 4th event, and she is a member of the team Grand Ta Ta’s. Here’s a fun fact: Jennifer is sisters with our #2 fundraiser, Christi-Ann. Jennifer was a cheerleader at NC State, and her sister Christi-Ann was on the dance team for UNC-Charlotte. What do we think about these sisters? They’re G-R-E-A-T!

Top Fundraising Team

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Refugees who raised an incredible $85,499! This is the Tampa Bay Refugees 1st year as team, but most are longtime participants from the Tampa Bay area. Accepting their award is Team Captain Stephanie P.; who helps motivate and inspire all 68 members of the team. Let’s hear it for the Tampa Bay Refugees!

Top Crew Fundraiser

Congratulations to Alison G., who raised $10,135 this year, and in her lifetime has raised more than $40,000. This is Alison’s 10th year and 20th event, and Alison is a competitive ballroom dancer. She has done the cha cha, rumba, swing, mambo, bolero, waltz, foxtrot, tango, two step, polka and even the hustle in competitions across the US. Here’s a fun fact about Alison: she has been in a long-time fundraising battle with fellow crew member Jake S. Each year, these two host a friendly competition to see who can fundraise the most, and the two of them have been the top two crew fundraisers in Atlanta the past several years. Their fundraising rivalry and support of each other is the reason why Alison is the top crew fundraiser this year.

Please join us in applauding and celebrating the dedication of these amazing walkers, crew members, and teams and thank them in their dedication for working toward a world without breast cancer.

The Gilbert Girls Take on Atlanta

Meet Team Gilbert Girls. They are an upbeat, beautiful, welcoming group of women who walk in the Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day year after year. They all walk for some very special reasons, but their namesake is Margaret Gilbert, mother to Sara and sister to Tina. Margaret lost her battle to breast cancer in 2009 at the young age of 41.photo 7.2

Tina S., the team’s captain, has been a walker in the 3-Day for 7 years. Her teammates are no slouches either when it comes to years of participation! Cheryl S. is a 12-year veteran, and Annie B. has walked six times. What’s even more remarkable? Five of their eight team members are under the age of 20! Sara G. (17) has walked the last two years in her mother’s memory. Beth K. (17), Claire S. (17) and Jessica Z. (19) are all new to the 3-Day this year, and their eighth teammate, Caitlyn S. (18), will join them tomorrow as part of the Young Women Walking program.

Between the combination of long-time and young walkers, you might think fundraising would be challenging for the group. But Sara, Beth and Claire – the high school gals – were quick to point out that as soon as they tell people what they are doing, the support was quick to follow. It’s no surprise that these young walkers inspire others with their desire to walk 60 miles in memory of Sara’s mother.

Tina, Cheryl and Annie, the 3-Day veterans, all say that they weren’t prepared for how much fun the walk is, and that once you do it for the first time, you’ll do it again and again. As Cheryl puts it, “The cheering makes it a lot easier. There are so many people who tell you, ‘Way to go! Way to go for walking! Way to go for stretching! Way to go… for going to the bathroom!’ It’s a feel-good experience.”

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To unite them as a team, they print t-shirts each year with a different word cloud. This year’s shirts are yellow (which stand out beautifully in the sea of pink!) and bear the names of all the loved ones for whom they walk, along with some inspiring 3-Day themed words. Those meaningful names and words are in the shape of the number “60,” a very fitting number indeed.

Tina quickly explained that Jessica wasn’t wearing her team tee today – because they just adopted her to Gilbert Girls this morning. But, rest assured, she’ll be wearing her yellow shirt tomorrow.

We’re so inspired by the warm, loving family of 3-Dayers all around us; helping to reinforce what seasoned 3-Day participants always say, “On the 3-Day, there are no strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet.”

To our 3-Day Family: What Gives You Strength?

Every day, we’re moved by the amazing people in our Komen Family who exhibit such passionate and dedicated displays of strength. While we celebrate our 3-Day Family every day, this month, we’re highlighting what gives you strength. Together with Susan G. Komen®, we’ve asked several Susan G. Komen 3-Day® participants in Seattle (and soon in Atlanta, Dallas / Fort Worth, and San Diego) to share what gives them strength. We invite you to do the same, by commenting here on the 3-Day blog or by sharing with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Follow along on the official Susan G. Komen Facebook page to see more stories like Darrell’s:

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