For the 2017 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, we’re honored to be featuring the Local Impact Award. This award is being given to participants who have been instrumental in strengthening the 3-Day® community throughout the year. Local Impact Award honorees have gone above and beyond in their efforts leading training walks, attending 3-Day community events. They have also supported the 3-Day staff year-round at meet-ups and workshops, and in general, been making a difference by building lasting relationships and showing commitment to the 3-Day in all they do.
Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Atlanta 3-Day Local Impact Award Winner, Char Wells.
Her teammate Chris Alexander is so proud of Char, and has experienced her support and 3-Day spirit first hand.
“When I was diagnosed, she and I talked, and her encouragement and advice was so helpful. She is such a special lady and I love her drive. Her determination is contiguous and her smile lights up the group!”
Knowing how much she cares for, and has given to, the whole 3-Day family, we had to hear from Char herself! When we asked her these questions, she didn’t know she would soon be selected as our winner!
What was your inspiration to do your first 3-Day?
I had always done the “Relay for Life” but felt I could do more. Then one day I heard an ad on the radio for the 3-Day and I thought…I can do that! In December 2007 I signed up for the 2008 Walk. I walked/trained every day at lunch, and weekends but not really having a reason that I was doing this. Then in August 2008, it happened – I had breast cancer.
What has brought you back to the 3-Day year after year?
I’m so blessed to be a survivor and the atmosphere of the 3-Day is such a joy, and so heartwarming and emotional. I have said several times “maybe this year or that year will be my last one,” but then there I am walking again! I have walked with a sprained ankle; been pushed in a wheelchair for 60 miles due to a broken foot; I have walked with herniated discs in my back (just prior to surgery). We 3-Day walkers are a special kind of crazy!!
What is the secret to your 3-Day fundraising success?
Ask! Ask everyone you know. Post on Facebook, send emails, send letters, anyway and every way you have a connection to. Getting a no doesn’t hurt, you get a no just move on to the next one.
What is your best advice to anyone walking the 3-Day?
Train and if you can, include hills. More importantly have FUN, enjoy the celebration of everyone around you. There will be tears, but that’s ok – tears become hugs, love and laughter.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’m a special kind of crazy!
I’ve never met a stranger and I so enjoy talking to people and getting to know them.
I love spending time with my family and friends.
When I have down time I like to play games, read or quilt.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned on the 3-Day?
You are NOT ALONE.
Share your love, give hugs!
It’s OK to sweep (take it from someone who walked with herniated discs in her back and
ended up putting her head on a wall, bursting into tears because she was so dang
determine to complete the walk) IT’S OK TO SWEEP.