Introducing the ABC’s of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

What is the Komen 3-Day? There are so many ways to answer this question. For some, it’s a tribute to a family member or friend battling breast cancer. Others walk in memory of loved ones lost. It’s a fundraising event, 3 days of inspiration, 60 memorable miles, a mobile city, and a community. The 3-Day means something a little bit different to everyone, but for most of us, it’s about doing something bold to help end breast cancer. Whether you’re a ten-time participant loaded with legacy pins or brand new to the 3-Day family, you will experience some meaningful and memorable moments on the 3-Day.

As we gear up for our first 3-Day in Michigan in August, we wanted to introduce the ABCs of the 3-Day; 26 people, places or things you’ll encounter as you prepare for a journey you’ll never forget. We invite you to share ideas for each letter with us here on the 3-Day blog or on Facebook. Come back to the blog each week to see the next set of letters and chime in with your own suggestions.

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What’s the best way to raise money to help end breast cancer? Just ask! Ask everyone and ask big. You can learn more about getting started with fundraising here.

Breast Cancer Susan G Komen 3 Day Walk

Each year, more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and nearly 2,000 cases are diagnosed in men in the U.S. Ending breast cancer is the reason why we walk. Too many lives have been lost, too many lifetimes cut short. Our motto, our vision, our hope is – a world without breast cancer.

See also: Bank of America and Blister

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Coach Breast Cancer Walk

Each 3-Day event is supported by three coaches, your friendly and experienced advisors on everything and anything 3-Day. Contact them at 800-996-3DAY for questions, support, fundraising ideas or just to say hi. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the local time zone. If we don’t answer when you call, don’t worry! We’re just busy helping another 3-Day participant like you. We will answer your phone call or email within the next business day. (This is Jen Hanskat, a Michigan 3-Day Coach!)

See also: Camp, Crew , Closing Ceremony, Cheering Station, and Commitment Club

Dr. Sheri Prentiss Susan G Komen 3 Day Walk Breast Cancer

Dr. Sheri Prentiss is the National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, as well as a breast cancer survivor and Komen 3-Day walker. She attends the entire 3-Day Series each year, and gives some incredible inspirational speeches at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Dr. Sheri will motivate you at the 3-Day to walk 60 miles, inspire you to never give up the fight and encourage you to do everything you can to help end breast cancer forever.

See also: Donation Form

Do you have any other ideas for A, B, C, and D? How about E, F, G, and H? Share them here and don’t forget to come back next week for the next set of letters from the 3-Day Alphabet!



Crafting the Perfect Fundraising Letter

Each summer, I eagerly anticipate the announcement of the next year’s 3-Day event series schedule. When the 2014 3-Day schedule was posted today, I was happy to see that the 2014 San Diego 3-Day will take place on the same weekend in November that I have come to love. My 2013 event is 109 days away and I am ready to start fundraising for 2014!

As a 3-Day coach, I hear from participants who tell me they don’t know what to say in their fundraising letter. My response is always, “Tell me why you became a 3-Day walker.” It‘s amazing how easily the words then flow. Inspired, tearful or celebratory, I love hearing what motivated them, and after listening to their story, I tell the walker, “Congratulations. You just wrote your fundraising letter!”

One walker who needs no help writing his fundraising letter is Burt Lipshie. Burt started his 3-Day journey in 2004 in San Diego and has not stopped walking since! Burt completed his 15th 3-Day in Boston this past weekend, and is preparing for his 16th and 17th 3-Day journeys in Chicago and Dallas. I asked him to share the secrets of his fundraising success. Continue reading

Avoiding 3-Day Fundraising Flops

As a 3-Day coach and repeat walker, Aubrey Cushing knows a few things about fundraising. This year she is walking in the Seattle and San Diego 3-Days – and just reached her fundraising goal for both events. Way to go Aubrey! When I asked her the secret of her success over the years, Aubrey told me, “I try everything. Some things work and others don’t, but I NEVER give up. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and I will do whatever it takes to get us closer to a cure.” Well, said, Aubrey!

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Aubrey is all smiles because she reached her fundraising goal for her 2013 3-Day events in Seattle and San Diego. Way to go, Aubrey!

Here are Aubrey’s tips for holding successful fundraising events – and avoiding fundraising flops!
•  Invite as many people as you can accommodate, and more. Expect half to RSVP, and a quarter of those to attend. Follow up with the RSVP’s who didn’t make it an offer them the chance to make a donation online. Continue reading