Celebrate with Team ‘Las Bombas’

Team 'Las Bombas' gears up for the Arizona 3-Day at Opening Ceremony

Team ‘Las Bombas’ gears up for the Arizona 3-Day at Opening Ceremony

“Celebration!” was the feeling this morning from Jacki, captain of Team ‘Las Bombas,’ a group of 44 women who are walking 60 miles this weekend in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in Arizona. “I took over this large team on the Arizona 3-Day around 2008,” said Jacki as she readied herself for the last 16 miles of the course this morning. She was surrounded by teammates Amanda, Carolyn, Jerline, Chesha, and Row. Their coordinated outfits were a lovely shade of purple and made them stand out of the crowd, along with their pink flashing hats. Teams of women and men often train, fundraise and then walk together on the grueling 60-mile course that raises money for breast cancer research, treatment, and screening.

Team 'Las Bombas' awaits the opening of the route on Day 3 of the Arizona 3-Day

Team ‘Las Bombas’ awaits the opening of the route on Day 3 of the Arizona 3-Day

Six breast cancer survivors help keep the perspective on the large team, which raised over $70,000 on this event. Walking with women who have survived breast cancer can evaporate thoughts of blisters and joint pain, considering the survivors have gone through much, much worse. “The cheering stations are vital!” said Chesha, who is walking the 3-Day for the first time. “Not just the big ones, but the small ones along the way really keep us going. They were essential yesterday.”

Chesha of Team 'La Bambas' walks through camp on Day 3 of the Arizona 3-Day

Chesha of Team ‘Las Bombas’ walks through camp on Day 3 of the Arizona 3-Day

The team holds an annual golf tournament as a fundraiser, now in its fourth year. There are logos of very supportive sponsors on their outfits, each having sponsored a hole on the course. The rest of the donations have come from individuals, but the team comes together so that every one who wants to walk can participate.

Members of Team 'Las Bambas' start the final day of the route in Arizona

Members of Team ‘Las Bombas’ start the final day of the route in Arizona

“We will be celebrating at the finish line today!” the team agrees as the countdown begins for the route to open. One thing is for sure: Team ‘Las Bombas’ is not going away! “We’re planning on being at other events next year,” exclaimed Jacki as the route opened in Arizona, a beautiful sunrise illuminating a pink sky. “Look for us in other cities as ‘Las Bombas AZ’!”

Top Fundraisers Announced for Arizona 3-Day

The Phoenix sun rose on a beautiful start to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in Arizona this morning, as walkers took to the streets on a 60-mile journey. The walkers rested at camp tonight and enjoyed a fun Camp Show! During the Camp Show, the top fundraisers were announced:

Top Crew Fundraiser: Pamella Whitham, $6,870; (Lunch Stop Crew)

Top Crew Fundraiser is recognized at the 2013 Arizona 3-Day

Top Crew Fundraiser Pamella Whitman is recognized at the 2013 Arizona 3-Day

Top Fundraising Team: Team Walking On, $81,575; (Edwin Taube, Captain)

Edwin Taube, Captain of the largest fundraising team at at the 2013 Arizona 3-Day is recognized

Edwin Taube, Captain of the largest fundraising team (Team ‘Walking On’) at the 2013 Arizona 3-Day is recognized

Top Individual Fundraiser: Nicole Stamps, $17,257; (Team Safari)

The top individual fundraiser is recognized by Dr. Sheri and Bank of America

The top individual fundraiser, Nicole Stamps, is recognized by Dr. Sheri and Bank of America

Great job to all the walkers and crew for their fundraising efforts for the Arizona 3-Day this year. On to Day 2!