How to Make the Most of a Long Weekend

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Who doesn’t love a long weekend? It gives you a whole extra day to get things done, plus you get a break from work. Memorial Day is first and foremost a holiday to honor the fallen servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Make sure to take time on Monday to honor them and all that they have done.

We encourage you to really make the most of this long weekend and spend some time on all of the things you need to do to get ready for the 3-Day. Turn this three-day weekend into a “3-Day Weekend!” Tackle your tasks one by one for your most productive weekend yet this year!

Friday: Educate

There is so much to learn about the 3-Day, the difference Susan G. Komen is making in the fight against breast cancer, and how you can prepare your mind and body for your 60-mile journey! After a long week, take some time to relax and read up on Friday night. Then you’ll be able to approach the rest of the weekend with a well-rested body and a mind full of all kinds of new information.

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Saturday: Train and Teambuild

Saturday means it’s time to get busy! Schedule a training walk or other work out with your friends and teammates first thing in the morning. That will get you moving and grooving through your long weekend right off the bat! Then, use the afternoon to work on fundraising and teambuilding. We have some fun ideas for ways to take both your fundraising and teambuilding outside to really make the most of the weekend weather (hopefully filled with sunshine!).

Sunday: Get to Know Your Coaches

We love our coaches! From the amazing women who have been with us for years, to our new coaches in Seattle, Philadelphia and New England, they are here to be your biggest help on your 3-Day journey. If you haven’t already connected with them on social media, Sunday is the perfect day to do so!

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Did you know they all have their own Facebook pages? You can check them out here:

These pages are a super easy way to contact your coaches, find out about local training walks and events and learn more about registration discounts and rewards. Plus, it will show them some love to have you follow them as part of the 3-Day family.

Monday: Relax and Reward

You made it to Monday, and you don’t even have to work! Congrats! That means it’s time to kick those 60-mile feet back and give yourself a rest. Prepare for the week ahead, acknowledge all that you have done over the weekend, and don’t forget to honor any servicemen and women in your life. Tuesday will be a new day, and you’re going to be prepared to take it by storm!

What are your plans for the long weekend? Tell us in the comments!

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For tips about healthy living, click here for advice and support to keep you on track for the 3-Day and beyond. Thanks to the support of Amgen and in partnership with American Bone Health, the Healthy Living series was designed to prepare your mind, body and bones for the 3-Day.

“Dear Cancer, you lose…”: Meet Survivor and First-Time 3-Dayer, Sylvia G.

If I had to write a letter to cancer it would read, “Dear Cancer, you lose…”

Sylvia just finished five and a half weeks of radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her 40th birthday. Though she initially was shocked and numbed by her diagnosis, she gathered her family and friends around her and got “gangsta with cancer” by refusing to let it stop her from living her life and celebrating every minute of it.

Now, after finishing her radiation, she says, “I am feeling strong and just getting settled into my new normal. The silver lining throughout this process has been to just really LIVE because you never know! And of course, if you’re busy living, you have less time to worry about the small (or big) stuff.”

She is on the other side of one part of her breast cancer journey, but that doesn’t mean the journey is over. After her diagnosis, Sylvia did research into all of the work that Susan G. Komen does to support survivors and those living with breast cancer. This, in turn, led her to the 3-Day. She signed up immediately for the New England 3-Day and will be driving in from her hometown of Pelham, New York to walk in her first-ever 3-Day at our New England 3-Day in September. She’s already fundraised more than $3,500 and is continuing to spread the word about the 3-Day and breast health. To say that breast cancer hasn’t slowed her down is an understatement! But don’t take it from us! Sylvia is here to share her story in her own words…

Tell us your breast cancer story…

I had just turned 40 when my world was turned upside down. I received a call I never expected.

“You have breast cancer.”

And just like that I was numb. The music stopped, and the party was over.

While still in shock, my family immediately took me to my mom’s breast surgeon. She had just finished treatment for stage 1 breast cancer the year before and was a total champion throughout it all, I might add. I was able to get positive preliminary information specific to my breast cancer which helped me start to feel the ground a bit.

We decided to go for several other opinions with breast surgeons and reconstruction surgeons. After choosing the team I felt most comfortable with, we opted for the nipple sparing double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. My diagnosis after surgery ended up being stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to one lymph node. I learned that I would have to have four rounds of chemo plus radiation.

In the days leading up to my first round of chemo, I kept reflecting on how blessed I am to live in a time of so many medical breakthroughs as well as options for treatment of breast cancer. This is when I realized that I needed to be part of helping to continue these advancements and fight to end breast cancer.

And how did this journey lead you to the 3-Day?

I had read online about Susan G. Komen and how much they have done for research, education, screening and treatment. I knew I had found the right match for my mission to bring us closer to a cure so that so many other people, including my children, will not have to suffer through this. I was gearing up to get gangsta with cancer!

And you have! You’ve been very successful with your fundraising efforts!

I immediately started my fundraising by following all the tips on the 3-Day website. Posting on Facebook, personally emailing all my family and friends, remembering to always send thank you emails as well as follow up emails and telling people about corporate matching gifts. At the end of the day, I really am so blessed to have generous and caring people in my life, some of who also have been impacted by this disease, and I am forever grateful for their support.

Though I have had success in fundraising there does come a point that you have to get creative to be able to keep getting donations outside of just family and friends. One way is to go through all your contacts and see who has a business or works for a company that can partner up with you to create a fundraiser. This in turn allows you to use their resources and reach a larger audience to support your cause.

So far, I am very proud of how much I’ve been able to raise, and I am really looking forward to meeting other survivors, hearing their stories of fearlessness, as well as bonding with my team. I can only imagine that feeling of accomplishment after finishing the 3-Day walk!

What are some of your other 3-Day goals?

I want to reach as many people as possible and remind them of the importance of getting regular mammograms because early detection of breast cancer can make the disease easier to treat. I will also continue to stay focused on my health and positivity so that I can be my best self.

I still have a long way to go but since becoming a survivor I don’t think I can ever justify sweating the small stuff.

I have been dealt a couple bad hands but at the end I plan on winning the game!

The 3-Day, Through Your Lens

59858523_10214725596038183_2377386547205898240_nMay is National Photography Month, and we know the 3-Day is the picture perfect spot to take photos with your friends, family and favorite 3-Day people. We asked our social media community to send us their favorite photos from the 3-Day, and you all delivered! Seeing your smiling faces, bold steps and teamwork in the fight against breast cancer is an inspiring way to celebrate this month in photos. And it has us more excited than ever for our 2019 3-Days! Add your photos in the comments of this blog to show why you Commit 3 Days and go further than anyone else can in the fight against breast cancer. Happy snapping 3-Dayers! 📷