Open Letter to the 3-Day Community

Hello 3-Day family and supporters!

My name is Chrissy Mathews and I am the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Program Manager for Susan G. Komen®. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you at a Komen 3-Day or via email already this season. I very much look forward to meeting the rest of you soon!

Hi! I'm Chrissy.

Hi! I’m Chrissy.

I had the honor of starting this new role last summer. I spent my first week of work at the Twin Cities 3-Day and since then I have been coming home with everything pink, from my nails to my shoelaces. Not only that, but I became overwhelmed and in love with the 3-Day® walks and community.

As I’ve gone through our first two walks of the 2015 3-Day Series, there are a couple questions that have come up, more than once, about the 3-Day. If you have met me, you know I am all about open communication, so I am writing this letter to address these questions, and you have my commitment to continue to provide updates via the blog throughout the upcoming year.

One of the main questions I heard in both Michigan and the Twin Cities was, “Will the 3-Day continue in all seven cities for 2016?” Yes! The 3-Day will be taking place in 2016 in all seven cities and registration is already open! We encourage everyone to continue to form and build your teams for the 2016 series, so please tell your friends and family to register today!

The other question I have heard from many of you is, “How can we get more walkers?” I’d like you to know that we are putting our efforts and expertise behind new research to refine our 3-Day growth strategy. This research is already underway – stay tuned for updates!

If nothing else, I would like you to know that Susan G. Komen is fully committed to the 3-Day program and recognizes the impact that our 3-Day family brings to our vision of our promise of a world without breast cancer. Our goal is to work hard to ensure you all are better supported, better informed and set up for success.

In the 3-Day mission statement we say “we walk because we must.” I have to admit that at one point that seemed like a cliché line to me. But the more I’ve gotten to know you and understand what this 3-Day family is in this fight against breast cancer, the more I preach, yell, and celebrate that phrase! You are the grassroots warriors for Komen, our mission and in the fight against breast cancer. It wasn’t that long ago when we were not at a 99% five-year survival rate for breast cancer….

We walk because together we are driving the mission.

We walk because more than 40,000 men and women continue to die each year from breast cancer.

We walk because we are not just hopeful, we are optimistic — we WILL find the cures!

We walk… Simply because… We can’t not walk.

Thank you for being you. I have an open door and am happy to address any questions or needs you may have. Please come talk to me on your 3-Day event, or leave your comments on my post below.

Sincerely,
Chrissy

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Program Manager

 

2015 Seattle 3-Day Wrap-up

The 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in Seattle has concluded, and what a weekend it was! In spite of a rainy All Crew Kick-off on Thursday (What? Rain in Seattle? Crazy!), which left the Opening Ceremony site a little bit soggy, Mother Nature cooperated and kept the Seattle 3-Day walkers and crew members cool and (mostly) dry.

Friday morning began with a moving Opening Ceremony held beneath Seattle’s most iconic structure, the Space Needle. IMG_7830Hosted by our own dear Dr. Sheri, along with Chrissy Mathews from Susan G. Komen® and Seattle local events coach Aubrey Cushing, the ceremony filled our 3-Day family with inspiration and motivation to set out on Day 1.IMG_7921IMG_8052Walkers exited Seattle Center and weaved through vibrant downtown neighborhoods on the way to the I-90 bridge. Traversing this “floating” bridge stretching over Lake Washington was a memorable experience for all of the walkers, and brought us what may have been a first on the 3-Day: walker stalkers on boats! Well played, Seattle supporters!IMG_8251

Photo credit: Instagram @manders1957

Photo credit: Instagram @manders1957

Day 1 continued onto beautiful Mercer Island, where walkers enjoyed scenic waterfront pit stops, providing photo ops a-plenty. Another short bridge crossing brought walkers to the east side of Lake Washington and the lunch stop, where we rolled out our new “Promise” photo backdrop; it was an instant hit! IMG_8434Walkers started getting a good taste of Seattle’s hilly terrain as they weaved through Bellevue, but the lovely pit stops, tremendous crew support from sweep and route safety teams, and their amazing never-quit spirits kept them going all the way to camp at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Friday night’s camp show featured fun and laughs from Dr. Sheri and Chrissy, an inspirational speech by breast cancer survivor and 10-time Seattle walker Jen, and the recognition of Seattle’s top fundraisers and Milestone Award Winner.

Walkers headed out from camp on Day 2 and were climbing right away (there’s no escaping it: Seattle is all about those hills!). But the steady diet of inclines was no match for the tenacious can-do attitudes of Seattle 3-Dayers. The challenging route was nicely broken up with gorgeous stretches along the waterfront in Kirkland and pit stops where walkers could relax and take in the breathtaking views.IMG_8797 Saturday walker stalkers were out in full force, cheering on the walkers from cheering stations, private roadside posts, and mobile units (i.e., cars decked out in incredible pink flair).IMG_8998 The afternoon route brought walkers back through the neighborhoods of Redmond before returning them safely to camp.

The camp show on Saturday night brought out laughter (how funny is that new dress-up race?) and tears. We recognized Seattle’s Local Impact Award winner and we heard from another survivor, Lori (who was also Seattle’s Milestone Award winner from Friday). Chrissy from Susan G. Komen made an impassioned promise to the 3-Day family, and we all were inspired by speeches from the Seattle Youth Corps. And of course, no 3-Day event would be complete without the famous Saturday night dance party.

And just like that, Day 3 was upon us. Walkers loaded onto the waiting buses at camp and were transported over to the University of Washington campus to start the day.IMG_9319 The forecasted rain held off nicely and instead walkers enjoyed cool breezes and sunny skies for most of the morning, which made the views of the Seattle skyline from pit stop 1 at Gas Works Park all the more stunning.IMG_9400 From there, walkers strolled through quirky Fremont, and farther down the route, the bridges and marinas of the Ballard neighborhood led to a phenomenal cheering station at the Ballard Locks where dozens of supporters came out and encouraged walkers to keep pushing through their final 10 miles of the day.IMG_9466 With Puget Sound to the west, walkers wound their way through the beautiful residential streets of Magnolia to a picturesque lunch stop at Magnolia Viewpoint Park.IMG_9720 Soon, they were headed back toward downtown, first heading south along the waterfront, through the Olympic Sculpture Garden, past the famous Pike Place market, and then back north to Seattle Center.IMG_9804

The Participant Finish Area was on the site of Friday morning’s Opening Ceremony, bringing the walkers full circle. IMG_9930After cheering each other across the finish line and celebrating with family and friends, the Seattle 3-Day walkers and crew members marched triumphantly onto Memorial Field for a moving Closing Ceremony.IMG_0051 Hosted once again by Dr. Sheri, Chrissy and Aubrey, the Ceremony brought us all together once more to renew our promise to never give up our fight to end breast cancer. With joy, we thanked our many wonderful supporters, sponsors and local jurisdictions, we celebrated the incredible $2.1 million raised by Seattle’s 750 walkers and 250 crew members, and in a moment that couldn’t have been scripted, a rainbow appeared in the sky just as we prepared to raise the final flag over the Seattle 3-Day family. It was beautiful and fitting end to a wish-filled three days in the Emerald City.IMG_0088 IMG_0172

We at the 3-Day are truly humbled by the passion, dedication and spirit of every single person who touches this event. We can’t say thank you enough. To those of you who we’ll see again this year, we look forward to it, and to the many of you who will make Seattle your pink home for three days next year, we can’t wait to see you again. In the meantime, we carry each of you in our hearts. Onward to Philadelphia! Want a sneak peek of photos from this weekend? Visit our Blog Album here, and be sure to check Facebook later this week for the full set of photos from Seattle that you can download and share! IMG_0140

Check Out Our New 3-Day Photo Banner!

What a wonderful time we live in when practically everyone you meet has a camera with them and ready at all times. We know that our Susan G. Komen 3-Day® participants are quite prolific shutterbugs, so we wanted to make sure you were set up with lots of fun photo props in camp (don’t forget to check them out in the Komen 3-Day lounge if you haven’t already!). 11248161_10155854271230392_4995654808154838383_nHere in Seattle, we’ve also added another wonderful photo opportunity at the lunch stop and in camp. This backdrop banner and handheld props allow walkers and crew members to snap pics showing who they are keeping their 3-Day® promises for. Here are some shots we captured at lunch today:IMG_8381 IMG_8383 IMG_8388 IMG_8399 IMG_8402 IMG_8418 IMG_8424 IMG_8430 IMG_8435 IMG_8442 IMG_8446 IMG_8450 IMG_8454 IMG_8461 IMG_8465 IMG_8470Seattle 3-Dayers, be sure to stop by this photo wall at lunch or in camp. And if you’re walking or crewing in a 3-Day event later this year, don’t worry, we’ll have them there too!

Did you take pictures at these inspiring new photo banners? Post them on Facebook or Instagram, and don’t forget to hashtag with #The3Day and #SEA3Day!