Make the Most of the 3-Day Message Boards

3Day_2017_DAL_MDER-673

Anytime is the perfect time to register for the 3-Day! Aside from helping Komen reach their Bold Goal, you will also gain a whole new family of friends.

But, once you’ve registered for the 3-Day, how can you connect with other participants? Your online 3-Day Participant Center has many tools, including the 3-Day message boards.

If you’re a first-time walker, or someone who hasn’t used the message boards before, they’re a great way to tap into the knowledge and experience of other participants and our coaches! Want training tips or new fundraising ideas? There’s a message board for that. There’s also a message board to help connect you with local teams, ask questions about the 3-Day itself, and more!

Participant Center

Plus, you know that your information and questions will be kept secure. As a walker and one of your Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day coaches, Liz Parks likes that the message boards are on a secure site so that any communication is private and just for 3-Day participants.

While we are happy to help answer any, and all, of your questions on social media, especially on our local coaches’ Facebook pages, we know not everyone is on Facebook. So, if social media isn’t your thing, that’s where the message boards come in yet again. You can get the same conversation and expertise, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Also, please always feel free to reach out to us via email – or call us! We love hearing from you no matter what!

Message Board

However, even if you are one of our active Facebook members or have called your coaches in the past, you should still take advantage of the message boards. Coach Liz says you might find new information and new people to chat with!

“We want to encourage everyone that even if they post on Facebook, they should also post on the message boards.”

It also gives continuity, so you can find everything you want, all in the same place. The message boards make it easy!

FAQs

If you haven’t signed up for a 3-Day in 2018, now is the perfect time! Until February 5th, you can register for the 3-Day and get $20 off your registration fee. Registration is just the start of your 3-Day journey, your first step towards your 60-mile walk to end breast cancer.

Meet Smokey T. Bear, Honorary 3-Dayer

20476341_1527888197233257_2517761273211780479_n

“Christa was an amazing human being. She was very giving and loving. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone. She never met a stranger.” —Sharon Ray

Christa Cannon was a part of the 3-Day family starting in 2013. She was an active participant, even through two breast cancer diagnoses, and had signed up to walk all seven cities in 2017. However, Christa sadly lost her battle with breast cancer in June of 2017, before she could walk alongside her pink family this past year. In her honor, all our 2017 seven-city walkers wore her name on their credentials as they crossed their final finish line in San Diego.

Smokey with Jeryl

Also in her honor, a special 3-Dayer came on the seven-city journey Christa had planned on making. His name is Smokey T. Bear.

This small stuffed bear was carried by a different walker in each city, but always had Christa’s photo pinned to his chest.

20664863_1847001738649532_4799690761838244834_n

His 2017 journey began in Michigan with walker Sharon R., who has been a 3-Dayer in various cities since 2011. She knew the power of Smokey and Christa’s story.

“It was an honor like no other. Being the first person, I had to set the bar for everyone else. It was like Christa was still walking with us. I made copies of her picture for everyone that carried Smokey to have. I think Christa was watching from above.”

20953877_10212413083156254_914580274876761783_n

From there, Smokey walked with a new participant in each city, including Melissa W. (at left above) and her other members of Team Shenanigans. It was Melissa who came up with the idea to carry Smokey this year in Christa’s honor, and she said that “support just poured in” as soon as she told a few people about her plan.

Sharon and lots of participants were more than happy to carry Smokey, and “tell Christa and Smokey’s story for all to hear.” Sharon says she is still so grateful to Melissa for “touching so many people with Christa’s story.”

23658401_10212660266013543_1207927674737689650_n

In addition to the 3-Day, Christa (and Smokey) has watched over Melissa in an MS Society bike ride and an Ironman in the form of a smaller stuffed animal version. Melissa also plans to bring this mini-Smokey on her next Ironman attempt this coming April! Melissa keeps Christa in mind when she needs motivation, and felt that Christa’s spirit helped her in her times of need.

“Christa was a special person. She was very giving and loving. Positive and tough but knew how to make people laugh.”

23659700_1626536267368449_2156581864122240112_n

If you’re joining us on the 3-Day again in 2018, be sure to keep an eye out for Smokey, and other memories of Christa. Melissa and Sharon are both signed up to Crew in all seven cities and look forward to keeping Christa’s memory alive.

We will carry her in our hearts for years to come.

Melissa says, “I will continue the quest of the memory of my dear friend Christa, my mother in law Delores and of all my other friends who have lost the battle or who are fighting the fight.”

Because we will never quit.

Thank you to everyone who carried, hugged and supported Smokey T. Bear (and his walking buddies) throughout 2017! See more of his memories below.

21106762_10214058984532222_2081597869759926047_n

23131607_1610558015632941_6901648469132708134_n

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

photo 6

picture 4

picture 5

picture 6

picture

Smokey on Bike II

Motivation Monday: Get Inspired with Stories from 3-Day Survivors and Those Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

3Day_2017_DAL_MDER-1359

To start off the week on the right foot, sometimes you need a little motivation. Mondays can be tough, but it’s important to remember the Bold Goal we are all working towards every day. There are no better people to remind us of this fact than our 3-Day family of survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer. We are proud to honor them at every 3-Day, and even more proud to hear why they continue to walk. Read on for their words of inspiration…

Race Pic 2012

Lisa P. from the San Diego 3-Day

“I walk with pride, humility, sadness for others who have lost the fight.”

Jen C. from Michigan

“I’ve been a 3-Day walker since 2011, but my reasons for walking have changed now that I’m a new survivor. I now walk to honor and give back to the community that has helped me get through my own breast cancer diagnosis. My 3-Day family has been there for me every step of the way, and I’m eternally grateful for the 3-Day bringing them into my life. <3”

Lori W. from Ohio

“I am a two-year survivor. I am walking to have a world without breast cancer. I don’t want my daughter, daughter-in-law, my sister, my mom my granddaughters, my sisters-in-law, nieces, cousins, friends to ever have to go through what I went through.”

21557794_10159366749375392_1500462134119694115_n

Michigan 3-Day Coach Jennifer

“I walk because, quite simply, I can. I am now 10 years cancer free and alive and healthy enough to walk, so I it’s something I must do.”

Stacey R. from the Twin Cities 3-Day

“I know that I would not still be around without the research support from Komen and other organizations that has given me the treatment options I have now. I want to pay this forward through continuing to raise awareness and funds for Komen and participate in the 3-Day walks.”

21740154_10159356133245392_5735704773676153643_n

Mandy H. from the Seattle 3-Day

“I am a survivor with three daughters. I walk to bring awareness to this disease, express the importance in finding a cure, and to remind people to be diligent in being checked.”

Liz B. from Philadelphia

“I signed up for my first 3-Day eight years ago when I was recovering from my mastectomies. Walking 60 miles became a personal goal. I continue to walk and crew each year because I’ve found a second family in the 3-Day. I will keep walking or crewing until there is no more need to do so.”

3Day_2017_MI_MD-1120.jpg

Do you have your own story as a survivor or someone living with metastatic breast cancer? Share it in the comments!