Congratulations to Michigan 3-Day Local Impact Award Winner: Jennifer F.

For the 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, we’re pleased to be featuring a new recognition on each Komen 3-Day event: the Local Impact Award. This award is being given to participants who have been instrumental in strengthening the 3-Day® community throughout the year. Local Impact Award honorees have gone above and beyond in their efforts leading training walks, attending 3-Day community events, supporting the 3-Day staff year-round at meet-ups and workshops, and in general, making a difference by building lasting relationships and showing commitment to the 3-Day in all they do.

The Michigan 3-Day Local Impact award winner was crew member Jennifer F. Jenn served the Michigan 3-Day this year—her 25th 3-Day event—as the Senior Captain of Route Teams, leading and supporting roughly a dozen crew teams on the route. A member of the BC Babes team in Michigan, Jenn has raised $21,916 in her 11 years of involvement with the 3-Day. In addition to crewing an incredible 20 events, she has also been a 3-Day walker five times.Susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog local impact award michigan jennifer frederick

Nurturing by nature, Jenn grew up on farm and showed horses for 20 years before moving to Michigan. She got involved in the 3-Day for a simple and powerful reason: she woke up one morning to the startling realization that there are only eight women in her family and, of course, breast cancer affects one in eight. That was all it took, and since making that decision to become part of the 3-Day in 2004, she hasn’t quit in her passionate dedication. Even Jenn’s “regular” job is focused on helping others; she owns a fundraising company and prints cancer event fundraising shirts, which countless 3-Day participants (among many others) have used to raise money for wonderful causes.

Jeanette J., the Route Safety Crew Captain in Michigan, had this to say about Jenn: “She is a dynamic leader with a great big heart. She’s out on the route and taking care of us like a momma bear–delivering lunches, water, healthy snacks as necessary, making sure we’re taking breaks (sometimes standing in at our corner so that we can), and helping out when one of our bikes breaks down. She even escorts our crew’s group ride back into camp to ensure our safety–no woman or man left behind! Jenn is a priceless resource to us while on the 3-Day event, and a great person that I’m proud to call a friend!”

Congratulations, Jenn, and on behalf of the entire 3-Day family, thank you for your commitment.

Promise Ribbons: Tying Together Wishes, Hopes and Dreams

We’re so excited to share a new tradition for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® that debuted in Michigan this past weekend: promise ribbons. Borrowing from the Brazilian ritual of fitas, or wish ribbons, these colorful bands are tied to a person’s wrist in three knots, with the wearer making a special wish or promise as each knot is tied. On the Komen 3-Day, we tie knots to honor the past, create hope for the future and celebrate the steps we’re taking today to end breast cancer.

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Introducing the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

We’re encouraging participants to collect multiple ribbons throughout the 3-Day® and tie them to their wrists or clothing. Walkers and crew members are also encouraged to give the ribbons away to each other or to supporters along the route to symbolize the promises we are making to ourselves and to each other.

We will have eight differently colored ribbons. Four of those will be passed out at specific locations–Opening Ceremony, the entrance to camp on Friday, the entrance to camp on Saturday and at the Participant Finish Area. White ribbons will be available in the Remembrance Tent.

Three other ribbons will be passed out by various groups and people on the 3-Day. Light pink strands will be passed out by Chrissy Mathews from Susan G. Komen®3-Day spokesperson Dr. Sheri, and the local 3-Day staff members. Yellow ribbons will be shared by members of the Youth Corps and blue ribbons will be passed out by the crew in camp and on the route.

Collect all varieties of the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

Collect all varieties of the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

We invite everyone in our 3-Day family to express their own wishes and to put them into action by collecting these ribbons at stops along your journey. Exchange them with others as you share your stories. Post images of your promise ribbons and your messages of hope on social media with the hashtag #3DayPromise.

Our promise ribbons, visible and vibrant throughout each 3-Day event weekend, will create a living “patchwork quilt.” Like each of us, these promise ribbons are individual threads, but when we weave our wishes, hopes, dreams and promises together, we create a greater fabric of unimaginable strength.

Join us, and share your promises in the comments below.

2015 Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day Wrap-Up

The Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day started on Friday morning against a brilliant blue sky dotted with clouds at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. In an emotional Opening Ceremony, we heard from 3-Day spokesperson Dr. Sheri Prentiss, Chrissy Matthews from Susan G. Komen and Ann Love, local events coach in Michigan, rallying the walkers to begin their remarkable 60-mile journey and kick off the 2015 3-Day season.

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Walkers headed out into Novi, buzzing by the bee-themed Pit Stop 1 at 2.4 miles, and then were cheered on by an amazing group from the community at the CVS Pharmacy in Farmington Hills.

Crew members at Pit Stop 1 are all smiles handing out snacks bright and early on Day 1 of the Michigan 3-Day.

Crew members at Pit Stop 1 are all smiles handing out snacks bright and early on Day 1 of the Michigan 3-Day.

As the train of walkers got farther into Farmington, they enjoyed photo opps at the Farmington Historic District, and at Pit Stop 2, they said “aloha” to delicious snacks and hydration to keep the spring in their steps. Twelve miles into the route, walkers were refreshed by an amazing cheering station at the Gill Elementary School, which kept them going for ten more miles into camp.

Members of the BC Babes with Dr. Sheri Prentiss, National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Members of the BC Babes with Dr. Sheri Prentiss, National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Back at camp, the Michigan 3-Day family greeted the last walker, and had an energizing camp show that honored top fundraisers and the Michigan Milestone Award winner. The camp show also features inspiring speakers who reminded us why we put one foot in front of the other in the fight against breast cancer.

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A drizzle of rain couldn’t stop walkers and crew members as they greeted Day 2, who instead decided to call it “liquid awesome” and charge forward!

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After a brief refuel at Pit Stop 1, walkers headed towards the Downtown Northville Cheering Station, where the community rallied them on with snacks, encouragement and love. After lunch at around 9 miles, it was off to the much-anticipated Kellogg Park Cheering Station in Downtown Plymouth, complete with a pink carpet photo backdrop and the legendary pink fountain.

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Walkers powered on through the day’s mileage, rejuvenating at Pit Stop 3 (13.5 miles) and again at the mo-town themed Pit Stop 4 (16.7 miles), before closing in on camp after an incredible 22.3 miles. 11850543_10155860141680392_4476886471322413465_oSaturday night was Friends and Family Night at camp, complete with games, music and ice cream trucks. Walkers’ and crew members’ spirits were raised as the pride and joy from loved ones helped them work through the sore feet and blisters. In Saturday’s camp show, we honored more outstanding 3-Day community members, played some new games sponsored by Bank of America, heard from the 3-Day Youth Corps, and of course, finished the evening with a classic 3-Day style dance party, where our sore feet were no match for the electric tunes pulsating through the tent.

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Sunday morning started with a bus ride to Livonia, and 1.5 miles in, walkers were rewarded with what felt like all of the cheerleaders in the world creating a pink alley of pom-poms to walk through. The beautiful city of Dearborn Heights did not disappoint as many of us posed at the McFadden-Ross House, and then charged forward, completing the final day’s breezy 16 miles at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.

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Here, the entire 3-Day family celebrated, cheering in our last walker, and then joining hands and marching into the Closing Ceremony. Dr. Sheri and Chrissy shared the incredible news that 650 walkers and 300 crew members raised an astonishing $1.9 million dollars in the fight against breast cancer! We renewed our promise from Friday’s Opening Ceremony, for our world free from breast cancer, and raised the flag and our shoes toward the sky, reminding the world that we, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, will never give up.

To see the 2015 Michigan 3-Day Photos, click here or visit the 3-Day’s Facebook page.

This is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Promise: A world without breast cancer.