Anyone who steps up to the challenge of participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is making an incredible commitment. The months spent on fundraising strategy and execution, training plans and schedules, prepping, packing and traveling almost make it feel like the Komen 3-Day is your second job (good thing it’s a job you love!).
That’s why it’s especially remarkable when we meet a walker who makes the extraordinary decision to walk in every 3-Day® event in one year. In the past, there have been one or two walkers each year who dedicate themselves to walking the “full series,” but in 2014, we are honored to have eight amazing people taking on the full series and walking in all seven 3-Day events.
- What’s your name and where are you from? – Jim Hillmann – San Jose, CA
- What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – I began walking in 2008 and have walked in 28 events so far, with 7 more planned for this year. In 2011, I walked in all 14 events, having walked in 24 events in the last three years.
- How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – My mom died from breast cancer in 2004 and in 2008, I realized I could continue to think it was unfair that mom had died from breast cancer or get off the sidelines and make a difference in finding a cure through my participation.
- Are you part of any teams in 2014? – I am walking with Team Tiaras in Dallas.
- What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – This is the 10th anniversary of my mom’s death and I am doing it to honor her life and her courage in her fight against breast cancer.
- What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – Each year I try to add a different fundraiser that will reach a different demographic so I am not always seeking funds from the same people. I also only try fundraisers that I have a passion for as I think this passion translates to one’s passion for finding a cure for breast cancer and helping others. If one is not excited about the fundraiser, many will take that to mean they are also not excited about finding a cure. I also try not to be discouraged if a fundraiser doesn’t do as well as anticipated, but determine the reason it didn’t succeed and make changes or try something else. In short, do not be discouraged but learn from the experience and move forward.
- What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – I’m looking forward to renewing friendships from the cities I walked in during 2011 and making new friendships with fellow walkers, crew and all our supporters. I’m also looking forward to sharing my story and hearing others as we all walk for a cure.
- Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – Not really. During my first years walking, there were many unknowns that sometimes cause a few butterflies, but I have learned from many personal experiences that one only has to “lean back” and let the community support you when one has doubt, for it will be there with open arms ready to help.
- What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Life changing experience
- What’s your name and where are you from? – William Kline, live in Seattle, WA, born in Erie, PA
- What is your 3-Day history (how many events have you walked/crewed?) – I have walked in Seattle for the last 9 years and in 2012 walked Seattle and Tampa.
- How/why did you first get involved with the 3-Day? – I first got involved because “I can” and did not think I had any direct connection. I soon found out that friends would open up about their connection and thus I was now connected. I have since had many instances of friends, new friends, and family members share their experience.
- Are you part of any teams in 2014? – No
- What made you decide to do all 7 events this year? – This being my 10th year, I wanted to stretch my commitment and seven events was a goal I knew I could achieve.
- What are your go-to fundraising strategies? – Talking with friends and new friends I meet during my training walks. Working with some businesses to display my cards and I held a fundraiser. I currently have raised over $12,000 and I am working to reach the minimum, but won’t stop there. Fundraising will continue until San Diego.
- What are you looking forward to the most with your walks this year? – Traveling to the events, meeting the walkers, meeting new 3-Day crew members and reconnecting with members I have met over the years, and really looking forward to connecting/meeting with the local volunteers.
- Is there anything that you’re nervous about? – LOL, losing luggage (which is very rare these days, but it happens)!
- What 3 words would you use to describe the 3-Day? – Inspired, committed, family
Come back tomorrow and meet two more of the full series 3-Day walkers!