3-Day Crew Haikus

This week is National Volunteer Week, the perfect time to recognize our amazing Susan G. Komen 3-Day® crew and volunteers. Today, we’re spotlighting one of our 2013 Route Safety crew teams in another inspiring video.

This video shows one small slice of the Komen 3-Day crew experience. We wish we could give you a video snapshot of every crew team, because the truth is, the 3-Day® would not be possible without the work of the crew—the entire crew. No job is more important than another, and the selfless service of every crew member is the backbone of the incredible, life-changing experience that every walker has on the 3-Day.

So, as a fun way to shout out to every one of our crew teams, please enjoy my attempt at short-form poetry. I give you – 3-Day Crew Haikus.

 

Bus Liaisons
Lift you back to camp,
while lifting your spirits too.
We’re so proud of you!

Camp Hydration
Camp is full, but your
water bottle is empty;
Get your refill here!

Camp Logistics
We come in early;
we turn this park into camp –
a site for sore thighs.

Camp Services
Pins, camp mail, your lost
pink tutu…we’ve got ‘em! First,
let me scan you in!

Camp Signage
Gear, left; showers, right;
dining tent is this a’ way –
the signs are all there.

Event Support
Any job that calls—
yeah, we’re pretty much ninjas
ready to say “Yes!”

Food Service
Food’s hot, you’re hungry.
More bacon? Second dessert?
We say, “You got it!”

Gear & Tent
Leave us your stuff, it
waits for you at camp, the best
baggage claim ever.

Grab & Go’s
Don’t have to stop long,
we’ll still treat you like a star.
Quick drink, then you’re off!

Lunch
You made it halfway!
Relax, have a meal with us,
we serve with a smile.

Medical/Sports Medicine
No blister too big,
no aches or pains too daunting.
Your health in our hands.

Pit Stops
At just the right time –
which way to the grahamwiches?
(Oh, and water too.)

Route Clean-up
Scores of walkers, but
you’d never know; not a scrap
of trash left behind.

Route Hydration
Pit stops, Grabs and Lunch –
water delivery! From
us to them to you.

Route Marking
Poles, zip ties, arrows,
left, right, straight ahead for miles.
Lost walkers? No way.

Route Safety
Walking on two feet
is what you do. We watch you,
riding on two wheels.

Support Services
Event Staff’s right-hand.
Transports, tent issues and more –
we’ve got you covered.

Sweep
Can’t go one more step?
We’re your rolling pick-me-up.
Like, literally.

Traffic Control
Park here, don’t park there.
This way to walker drop-off.
No jams with this role.

Youth Corps
(by 10-year-old guest poet Caitlin D. – 2014 Youth Corps member)
Cheer for the walkers,
have fun in our yellow shirts,
do good as a team!

 

 

To read more detailed descriptions of all of the 3-Day crew teams, click here. Then, let YOUR creativity show! Post your own Crew Haiku in the comments section.

 

**2014 Crew registration is closed for all events except Twin Cities and Seattle, which have limited openings left. We are still recruiting qualified health services professionals to join our Medical and Sports Medicine teams in all cities. To register for one of these Health Services Crew teams, or learn more about the 3-Day Crew, please contact one of our coaches at 800-996-3DAY.

 

You make a living what you get, you make a life by what you give.

3-Day Throwback Thursday Recap

“Throwback Thursday” has become a weekly practice on social media, where people put up pictures from the past—with the hashtag #TBT—to stir up all those fuzzy nostalgic feelings (and of course, the occasional “I can’t believe I wore that!” sentiments). We at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® wanted to get in on the #TBT fun, so we asked our social network friends and followers to post photos of past Komen 3-Days with the hashtag #3DayTBT. Needless to say, you did not disappoint! Here is a small sampling of the posts we saw:

Komen_3Day_tbt_jen kammerer_chicago 2012

Jen R., Rosetta S., Deb O., and Jen K., Chicago 2012

Komen_3Day_tbt_melissa murph_DFW 2013

Melissa M., Angela B., and Kandi H., Dallas/Fort Worth 2013

Kim M. DFW 2010. Kim posted, “I was surprised by [my friend] Judith at the finish line ... this three-time survivor is the inspiration for me walking every year!”

Kim M., Dallas/Fort Worth, 2010. Kim posted, “I was surprised by [my friend] Judith at the finish line … this three-time survivor is the inspiration for me walking every year!”

Sisters Urmila S. and Unita H. had a personal “throwback” to some childhood friends in San Diego, 2013.

Sisters Urmila S. and Unita H. had a live “throwback” to some childhood friends in San Diego, 2013.

Carol H. shared, “My 1st 3-Day ever—Cleveland in 2011. My wonderful friend Sue (on the left) came up and surprised me!”

Carol H. shared, “My 1st 3-Day ever—Cleveland in 2011. My wonderful friend Sue (on the left) came up and surprised me!”

Denise B. and Bobbi J. monkeying around with friends, 2011 Philadelphia 3-Day

Denise B. and Bobbi J. monkeying around with friends, 2011 Philadelphia 3-Day

Komen_3Day_tbt_shantie harris_DFW 2010

Shantie H.: “My first 3-Day in Dallas 2010. Loved it and still doing it”

Sarah E., with Rose T. and Michelle B.: “Arizona 3-Day 2013 with the girls!”

Sarah E., with Rose T. and Michelle B.: “Arizona 3-Day 2013 with the girls!”

Jill R., in Washington, D.C., 2013. “Wet but proudly carrying the sister flag for my sister Judy.”

Jill R., in Washington, D.C., 2013. “Wet but proudly carrying the sister flag for my sister Judy.”

 

Want to see more #3DayTBT posts? Check out the 3-Day Facebook page (www.facebook.com/The3Day), Twitter (www.twitter.com/The3Day) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/komen3day), and search for #3DayTBT. And don’t forget to post your favorite 3-Day throwback pic today!

Spring Into Action with Dr. Sheri (Part 2)

by guest blogger Dr. Sheri Prentiss

Yesterday, I talked about setting goals and working toward achieving them. Now here are some practical tips that have worked for me:

  • Reaffirm your commitment – Make sure you take a firm position in your mind that no matter what happens you will stick to your goals. Pledge firmly that you won’t forget about your goal until you achieve it.
  • Get priorities in order – Your goals should be in sync with where you see yourself in the future. Get rid of the immediate obstacles and assure incremental progress.
  • Take a deep look – Are your goals realistic? Each of you is equipped with the strength, willingness and determination to achieve your goals, but these traits will not be enough if you are spreading yourself too thin.
  • Make an action plan – You have set goals, maybe you’ve even written them down, and now you are all set to start achieving them. First step – make an action plan! There could be more than one way to achieve your goal, so you have to decide which one works best for you.
  • Track progress – If you don’t track your progress, you don’t get an idea if you are going in the right direction or if you will achieve your goal in the time frame you had set in your mind. So track your progress every day.

San Diego Day 1

  • Involve others – It is always good to involve others in the process of setting and achieving goals. Let them know your plans so they can support you – reminding you when you veer off track and congratulating you when you succeed. Take advice when necessary, and don’t be rigid. There are people in your life who are willing and want to help, so let them!
  • Welcome failure – I don’t know anyone who had an absolute smooth run on the road to success. Failure is an important part of the entire process. Welcome it. Learn from it. And remember, you’re not a failure because you try something and it doesn’t work out; you fail only when you stop trying!
  • Persist – Don’t give up. Try out different methods. Learn and improve. Be patient. Be persistent.
  • Celebrate – Celebrate when you have successfully taken the next step. You’ve just shortened the path to your destination. Stop thinking for a while and enjoy the moment.
  • And finally, don’t lose sight! Stay focused! – “Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” Mario Andretti.

Never lose sight of your goals. Remember where you want to go at all times. Learning to spot opportunities that will propel you closer to your goal is important. Remembering where you need to go, even more so.

Never forget where you’ve been. Never lose sight of where you’re going. And never take for granted the people who travel the journey with you.