Kathy R. H. keeps the faith going with her commitment to finding a cure | Word of the Year

For our next “Word of the Year” blog post, meet Kathy R. H. and hear why she chose faith as her word.

Tell me about your 3-Day experience.

I started walking in the 3-Day in 2004. I walked all 16 walks in the Twin Cities. In 2017, my team helped me celebrate my 20-year Cancerversary by walking the San Diego 3-Day. I continued walking in San Diego in 2018 and 2019 as well. In total, I am proud to have walked in 19 3-Day walks.

What is your 2021 word of the year


Why is that your word of the year?

Since my cancer journey began in 1997, I have consistently been focused on Keeping the FAITH! Faith represents a commitment to positivity, gratitude, strength, and determination. While not one of us can predict what tomorrow brings, I believe that having FAITH is key to facing each day.

Why do you participate in the 3-Day? 

I participate in the 3-Day as a 23-year 2x breast cancer survivor for me, for my kids, and for my family. I participate in memory of those we have lost, in support of those who are fighting and for those who are survivors. I participate and will continue to participate as long as I am able with FAITH and HOPE that one day we won’t need to walk because we will find a CURE.

What does the 3-Day family mean to you? 

The 3-Day family, my 3-Day family, means the world to me. Each and every walker, crew member, volunteer, and staff member inspires me to be a better person. Our family not only supports each other at walk time but helps celebrate successes and provides prayers and support during challenging times. We may not all be related by blood, but we are the true definition of family!

How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day? 

The commitment we see from our 3-Day family and our supporters proves to me that we all have FAITH that one day we will find a cure. Our FAITH in what we are doing gives us the strength to keep the fight going. We see the impact we are having, and we all have committed to never giving up!

If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be? 

A heartfelt thank you from me to you! I see you, I hear you, I fight with you, and I CARE! Your dedication to the cause is inspiring. While life looks different right now and we have yet again been told the 3-Day events have been impacted by the pandemic, I believe our Pink Bubble is stronger than ever. We continue to show up, even from afar, to help fight this horrible disease. We come together and walk 60 miles, event after event, because we know our fundraising is making a difference. Many of us will hopefully be together in San Diego in November, but no matter what happens, please have FAITH in our cause and continue the fight.  I am filled with gratitude for each of you!

3-Day family, your faith and commitment to finding a cure constantly inspires us. What is helping you keep the faith this year?

Other Word of the Year Blog Posts

Through it all, especially in the Medical Tent, Hal G. shows PERSEVERANCE | April —Word of the Year

Tracie G. is ready to INSPIRE everyone around her in 2021 | March—Word of the Year

Carolyn P.’s Heart is Filled with Generosity in 2021 | February—Word of the Year

Riley W. Chooses To Walk Into 2021 Being GRATEFUL | January—Word of the Year

Training Walk Tours on Instagram Stories

Want to see where other people in our 3-Day family do their training walks? Check out some of our Instagram Story highlights to see where our walkers go in sunny Hawaii, scenic Alaska, and historic Washington, D.C. We even have a new surprise coming up next week in the Southwest.

These special members of the 3-Day family let us walk with them along coastal trails, on sandy beaches, by murals and memorials, and everywhere in-between.

Don’t miss these highlight reels of some of their favorite spots—some famously known to tourists and some that are special and off the beaten path. You can see even more photos and videos if you scroll back in our feed to their takeover days.

Adventure through Alaska with Alaska Julie!

Say “Aloha” to Linda in Hawaii!

Buzz around Washington, D.C. with Kathleen!

Where should we travel next? Check back next week for an adventure to the American Southwest! If you want to show us where you do your training walks and volunteer to be featured on our Instagram feed, send us an email at coaches@the3day.org.

An important message about the 2021 3-Day Series

Your commitment to show up for the 3-Day community and to support Susan G. Komen shows your dedication to the fight to save lives from breast cancer. YOU ARE AWESOME and we thank you.

Due to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued risk to our community, we are making a change to this year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day Series. Registered 3-Day Walkers and Crew have a message in their inbox with all of the details.

We’ll have two 3-Day experiences this year for you to participate in. The San Diego 3-Day is scheduled to happen, as planned, in-person on November 19-21, 2021. We also have a new option this year—3-Day Nation, which will bring the 3-Day to you, at home, in your communities. We won’t be hosting our indoor, hotel-based events in New England, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Instead, registrants for these events will be given the option to transfer to the San Diego 3-Day or 3-Day Nation. 

We’re in the process of updating the website with more information about these changes. You can find more details at http://the3day.co/update and in your Participant Center.