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.

Through the Eyes of Michigan 3-Dayers: Instagram

We love seeing our participants’ Susan G. Komen 3-Day experience through their own eyes. Enjoy some of our favorite photos that were posted to Instagram during the Michigan 3-Day. You can find these and many more under hashtags #MI3Day and #The3Day, and if you haven’t already shared your shots with these hashtags, it’s not too late (you can always go back to old posts and add hashtags as comments too)! CONGRATULATIONS on an amazing 60 mile journey, Michigan 3-Day walkers and crew!

Photo by Instagram User @Lindsey_Lewis1

Photo by Instagram User @Lindsey_Lewis1

Photo by Instagram user @beckyjomamab

Photo by Instagram user @beckyjomamab

Photo by @tabvinson

Photo by @tabvinson

Photo by Instagram User @Katie_Lucken

Photo by Instagram User @Katie_Lucken

Photo by Instagram User @alyssataylor0991

Photo by Instagram User @alyssataylor0991

BC Babes: Fundraising Powerhouse

Spaghetti dinners. Car washes. Restaurant nights. Bake sales. Garage sales. Facebook. These are all ways that the BC Babes, a Michigan powerhouse team that is currently 42 members strong, have raised money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. They boldly set their goal high – aiming to get as close to $1,000,000 as they could.

The BC Babes includes 25 walkers, 16 crew members, and 1 Youth Corps member, and is led by co-captains Beth and Heather. We had some time to talk to Beth about the BC Babes and their quest for reaching this goal (as of the time I write this, they’ve currently raised nearly $946,000), and we hope you find their story as inspiring as we do!

Members of the BC Babes at the 2014 Michigan 3-Day

Members of the BC Babes at the 2014 Michigan 3-Day

Beth’s Komen 3-Day journey began as a family affair.

“The first year I walked with my oldest sister, Debbie, then my youngest sister, Michelle, (2003) and my third year walking (2005) I convinced by middle sister, Jeanne, to walk with me, and the BC Babes were born. I had met several other first time walkers at a Get Started Meeting and they asked if they could train with us since I had already done the walk several times and over the course of the first few months of training my sister and I formed the team.

“Over the years, I’ve had four teammates diagnosed with breast cancer, either during or after their 3-Day experience (thankfully, all are survivors today). Last year we lost our first teammate, Sr. Carol Juhasz, to breast cancer,” she said. “One of our newest Babes, Tracey A., walked in her first 3-Day last year. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor and she also had a cousin undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Tracey was walking to support these wonderful women in her life and came to our team through a 3-Day Meet-Up. After that evening Tracey came out and trained with the Babes, joining our team shortly after that first meeting. Her mom’s cancer came back late last year and has undergone treatment/surgery since that time and is doing very well. Tracey will once again be a part of the BC Babes family knowing the monies raised through this amazing weekend is one of the reasons her mom and cousin are here with her today,” she said.

These very personal reasons serve as a driving force for how Beth is able to manage her team and inspire them all to fundraise and train. “I monitor the fundraising of the team on a regular basis. If I see someone is not progressing I talk with them to make sure they’ve got a letter our or a fundraising strategy in place. As team, while training, we offer a variety of suggestions to help them if they’ve hit a dry spell. We’re always there to help anyone who is truly making their best effort to fundraise, and we do want to see that you have put this [fundraising] as a priority in your 3-Day adventure,” she said.

Beth is also quick to point out that she couldn’t lead the team on her own, and applauds her co-captain, Heather, for helping to keep this amazing team on track. “Heather has been my co-captain and fellow training walk leader for about 6 years now. We mostly keep in contact with the team through emails, but since both Heather and I are training walk leaders we see the Babes on a regular basis at training walks and keep up with them while walking,” she said.

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

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

And what does it feel like, to look out among the sea of pink on Friday morning, and know that more than 42 people in the crowd are part of the BC babes? “It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve been blessed to have been a part of the Opening Ceremony several times and seeing my Babes family out there warms my heart! The love, dedication and kindness they show not only to fellow Babes but to the entire 3-Day family just makes me happy!” On behalf of the entire 3-Day family, we thank people like the BC Babes and all of you, for doing everything you can to help end breast cancer forever.