Meet Dr. Brionn T., Twin Cities 3-Day Medical Crew Lead

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Our Medical Crew is a key component of our 3-Day family and experience. They keep us safe and strong as we embark on a 60-mile weekend together. We are thankful for them every day, but specifically today, on National Doctor’s Day.

On this day, we want to thank the men and women who volunteer their time to keep our 3-Day family safe and sound. That includes Dr. Brionn T., Program Director for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Minnesota Health… and Twin Cities 3-Day Medical Crew member!

Brionn first became involved in the 3-Day almost five years ago, when a colleague got in touch with him to encourage people from their department to volunteer, as well as recruit the trainees that Brionn works with at the hospital.

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“We in the medical field have a very unique skill set. Most people go into healthcare to help people, and we’re fortunate that a lot of times we get paid to do it. But there are a lot of cases where people can benefit from medical care where we might not get paid to help. And those times are even more important!”

In his first year on event, Brionn camped overnight in the medical tent, instead of his own. He wanted to be there just in case anyone needed anything, all night long.

“I can still remember seeing that sea of pink tents for the first time! That, and the Closing Ceremony, was memorable and powerful, and will stay with me.”

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He hopes memories like that will also stay with the doctors and trainees he recruits to come back to the 3-Day with him year after year. The connections he makes with his fellow crew are ones he now treasures and looks forward to each year. He calls it a “reunion” and knows that any involvement with the 3-Day comes with its own sense of accomplishment.

“Even if I don’t walk, we help people get across the finish line. It’s about being part of the team, treating all the walkers and getting them moving again!”

That strikes the perfect balance of teamwork making the dream work, which, for Brionn is at the heart of the 3-Day.

“It’s fun… with a mission.”

This mission is now part of Brionn’s life all year, and he encourages everyone; doctors, volunteers, walkers, and more, to join him.

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When asked what he would say to get someone to join the 3-Day for the first time, he said, “Just jump in! You’re not going to regret either walking or volunteering. Find what works for you and just do it. You’ll make friends. You’ll feel accomplished and you will never be upset that you came out and did it.”

We’re certainly not upset that Brionn joined the 3-Day. Thank you Brionn, and all our Medical Crew, for coming out and being there whenever we need you.

Top 10 3-Day Blog Posts (You Might Not Know)

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During event season, and all year long, we are giving you the latest and greatest in 3-Day content on the blog. From training tips and fundraising ideas, to compelling participant profiles and sneak peeks, there is a lot of content to keep track of!

You can always search for what you’re looking for, or use our handy topics on the blog homepage to keep up to date with our posts. However, if you’re looking for the best of the best of 3-Day blog posts you might have missed, we now have you covered there too.

Here are out top ten 3-Day blog posts to read this week. You’ll find inspiration, information and all kinds of 3-Day goodness ahead…

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Susan G. Komen 3-Day Fundraising Dollars: See Your Impact Locally with Our Infographics: For recruiting new team members, incentivizing donors, or just reminding yourself how much it means to fundraise, these infographics make it easy to see the 3-Day impact.

Fundraising Resources in Your 3-Day Participant Center: We provide as many fundraising resources and ideas as we can, including lots in your Participant Center. Here you’ll find letter, sample social media posts, quick links and a progress tracker to see just how much you’ve raised!

Learn More About the 3-Day Host Cities: Our host cities are the best! Learn more about them, and plan your next out-of-town 3-Day walk for 2018. If you’ve always walked in your home city, this year is the perfect chance to visit a new 3-Day and see the event from a whole new perspective!

Make the Most of the 3-Day Social Stars: Did you know that you can earn prizes for interacting with us on social media? Join our 3-Day Social Stars now!

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Meet Jen B., a Preventative Mastectomy 3-Day Walker: We have so many inspiring participants, and she is one of them. Both she and her mom had the BRCA gene mutation, and both chose to undergo preventative mastectomies this past year to reduce their chances of getting breast cancer in the future. Then, they walked the San Diego 3-Day hand in hand.

Male Breast Cancer: Rare but Real. Meet the Gillers: Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too, and one of those men, Lee Giller, made a large impact on our 3-Day community.

Route Hours, Cabooses, and Sweep Vans, Oh My! Behind the Scenes on the 3-Day Route: So much happens on our 3-Day routes! Use this post to recruit a teammate to walk with you, recruit a new crew member and learn more about your 60-mile journey.

Pick Your Pack: The Great Waist Pack vs. Backpack Debate: As our 3-Day season draws closer, this is a great packing post to help you prepare.

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3-Day Walking Hacks: This is an absolute must-read for any first-time walkers or those coming back after missing the 3-Day last year.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Inspiration Gallery: We update this gallery all year long to provide our 3-Dayers with inspiring imagery, shareable social graphics and more! Bookmark it and save it to check back for updates.

What are some of your favorite blog posts? Link to them in the comments!

Favorite 3-Day Fundraising Crafts

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March is National Craft Month, which makes it the perfect time to get creative with your fundraising game! Whether you consider yourself crafty or not, there are plenty of simple crafts you can try to help hit your next fundraising goal. We tapped our coaches, local teams and social media to find our favorite 3-Day fundraising crafts right now.

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Appeal to peoples’ sweet tooth! Janice, the Captain of Hines Pink Pathers, starts with Oreo cookies, then decorates and packages them in seasonal fun! These little guys are all set for Easter but you can also make even simpler versions patterned after suns, smiley faces or flowers!

Coach Marianne loved when she saw “Pinking of You Care Packages” from some of her San Diego walkers. Send small packages – all in pink of course! – to let past donors you appreciate their support…and could use some more this year! Ideas to include: pink bead necklaces, a homemade bookmark and/or card, magnets or candies.

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Dawn from Team STRIDE has been flexing her knitting needles as she gets ready to walk in Seattle in 2018. Follow Dawn’s example, and ask your family and friends for their preferred colors or theme, then knit them some fun 3-Day mitts! These are perfect for the next few weeks of training walks while we wait for spring weather to really kick in!

Coach Liz has loved when her Dallas/Fort Worth walkers have decorated stones to make fun, pink 3-Day paper weights as a fundraising tool! She even plans on using this idea for her own fundraising for the San Diego 3-Day this year! She also loves to send decorated coasters as thank yous to her donors.

If you want a little variety, Beth from Michigan’s BC Babes does it all! She uses card making, makes chocolate covered pretzels and cookies and even created homemade candy for her fundraising efforts!

Our coaches also love Painting with a Twist, a nationwide business that offers fundraising opportunities at fun, artistic events. Participants in the Midwest have used this to great effect! If you find a location nearby, select a date and work with them to plan a class for your friends and family. A portion of the proceeds from the evening can go to your 3-Day team or personal goals!

What are some of your favorite fundraising crafts? Share with us!