Congratulations to the 2018 Atlanta 3-Day Local Impact Award Winner, Andi Counts

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For the 2018 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, we’re pleased to be continuing 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, supporting the 3-Day staff year-round at meet-ups and workshops, and in general, making a difference by building lasting relationships and showing commitment to the 3-Day in all they do.

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Atlanta 3-Day Local Impact Award Winner, Andi Counts.

Her teammate Janice said,I love Andi and I’m so blessed to have her as a friend and a teammate. After our 3-Day event, she invites everybody over to her house for ‘pink on the porch’ where we have great time reminiscing about the 3 Day.”

Her friend Anne says that, “Andi’s commitment to the breast cancer cause is stellar!  She is a great walking partner – we call them therapy walks sometimes…lots of time to talk as well all know.  What I admire about Andi is that she supports this cause for her friends, giving selflessly all around the year.”

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With such high praise, we just had to hear from Andi herself.

What was your inspiration for the 3-Day?

In 2005, a friend and previous walker asked if I wanted to join her the following year. Registering was mainly to add some fun to the exercise routine I had recently begun after years of being a couch potato and to do something good in the process. Who knew I’d still be walking 13 years and 15 walks later? Who knew I’d lose a close 3-Day friend and have many more survivor friends diagnosed during those same 13 years?

What has brought you back to the 3-Day year after? The 3-Day gives more than it takes — even though it does take a lot to train, fundraise and keep on showing up. It’s a tidy package of social connections, philanthropy and exercise all tied up in a pink bow. In all the years of walking beside someone new, I’m always amazed by the depth, strength and enthusiasm for life of my fellow walkers. 3-Dayers are an interesting and entertaining bunch of folks who leave me a better person after each encounter.

What is the secret to your 3-Day fundraising success?

Fundraising has been easier for me than for some due to a large network of generous friends. I’ve found that paper letters work better than emails since that paper reminder stays in their stack of bills or on the fridge until they act upon it — with no reminders necessary. I’m not shy about asking anyone I come in contact with for a donation. No one is annoyed about being asked and gives, or not, as they wish. Large donations come from the most surprising asks, and donors are mostly consistent from year to year. When I started doing two walks per year, I asked for double the amount and many did! The same thing happened during the years my son walked and we had to fundraise for two.

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What is your best advice to anyone walking the 3-Day?

Get out and meet other walkers, ask questions, learn all their tricks, and then modify to make it all work for you.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I’m a native Atlantan who has lived three miles away from two different Georgia mountains — Stone Mountain and Kennesaw — and have enjoyed climbing them both frequently.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned on the 3-Day?

1. Breast cancer can attack anyone at any time.

2. The men of the 3-Day are simply amazing.

3. It is okay to take candy from strangers, pink is my favorite color and plastic tiaras have magic powers!

 

Meet Your 2018 Atlanta 3-Day Coaches

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The Atlanta 3-Day is tomorrow, and guess who’s excited? We are! Your coaches, Stephanie and Jen, plus your amazing Crew Coordinator Libby and Event Planner Melanie, have been counting down the days to this weekend for a whole year.

Before we officially kick off the weekend, the Atlanta team is here to share their top tips and advice, toot each other’s horns, and get you pumped for your sunny 60-mile journey.

And there is a lot to get pumped for!

From the Opening Ceremony site at Stone Mountain, which Stephanie promises is “so beautiful and picturesque” to the charming neighborhoods on Day 3 as you make your way to the new Closing Ceremony location, every step is going to be a fun one in Atlanta.

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Coach Libby (center)

Other not-to-miss sights and experiences?

  • The natural beauty of the park where we will walk our first few miles of the 3-Day will set the stage for a memorable journey. Especially combined with the cool morning air and the energy of our 3-Day participants!
  • Finding all the Tiny Doors…this is a special art project in Atlanta that you’ll have to watch for!
  • Less hills on Day 3 this year 😊 That’s always good news.
  • The last few miles of this year’s Atlanta 3-Day journey wind through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city with grand southern homes and rolling lawns.
  • And of course, the Atlanta International School, a new and intimate venue for our Closing Ceremony!

There is so much to see and enjoy, but Coach Jen wants to remind everyone to “relax, have fun and live in the moment!”

“The hard part is over – you’ve done the fundraising, you’ve done the training. Now it’s time to lean into it and enjoy the journey! Make new friends. Deepen old friendships. Laugh together. Cry together. And soak up every moment on your 3-Day journey!”

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Coach Stephanie also recommends enjoying the journey with new friends!

“I always tell participants to introduce themselves to people they don’t know on the event. Find out why they’re walking and share your story with them. We really are a great big family and you will meet some of the most amazing people on this event. For three days you will be surrounded by love, hope and inspiration and of course, so many laughs.”

And this team knows something about laughs! They have the best time together and can’t stop singing each other’s praises.

Coach Libby can’t wait to welcome everyone to Atlanta and is even hosting some out of towner staff at her house before the 3-Day! She’s been Coach Stephanie’s “go to gal for all things related to Hotlanta! I love her willingness to lend a hand and get things done and she’s just so much fun to work with.” She also keeps the team laughing and has an extra tight relationship with all the local participants.

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Coach Jen is new to the team, but she’s already been welcomed with open arms. She’s honored to be part of this “incredible team of dedicated professionals in the fight against breast cancer,” and Coach Stephanie loves having Jen’s “calm demeanor, her positive outlook on life, her sense of humor and her willingness to jump in and help wherever needed.”

And that love is mutual! Jen praises Coach Stephanie’s deep desire to “create the best and most impactful experience for our 3-Day participants!” And Melanie loves Steph’s passion and thoughtfulness.

Melanie brings the group (and the route!) together with her “care, honesty, and commitment to the cause.”

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Every single member of the team has been working hard and long to make this the best event possible for all our participants. And they can’t wait to show you the fruits of their labor! See you soon, Atlanta 3-Dayers!

 

5 Things You Should Do With Your Downtime at 3-Day Camp

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a very full three days; and by full, we mean inspiring, amazing, encouraging, and yes, a little bit tiring — because when we’re working toward the end of breast cancer, it’s your tireless efforts that are making a huge impact. After you’ve spent an incredible day on the route walking or crewing 20 miles, here are some ideas for how to make the most of your downtime between meals, mingling with other 3-Dayers, and checking out our Camp Show.

  • Treat your body to a massage!

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After a long day of walking or crewing, the kind folks at Bank of America treat us every year with massage chairs and foot massagers to knead our sore muscles. Sign up at the Bank of America tent and prepare to relax and reflect on your day with a wonderfully blissful massage. Your calves and feet will thank you! You can zen out in silence, hit the chairs with your team, or fly solo and strike up a conversation with a new person sitting next to you. You may just meet your new best friend!

  • Pick up your Camp Mail, Legacy Pins, and Sweet Dreams treatsLegacyPins

Did you know that there’s a whole part of 3-Day camp dedicated to pampering YOU? Well-wishers and supporters may have sent you mail which you can pick up at 3-Day camp. You’ll also have a chance to collect your Legacy Pins, which are small, colorful pins that note certain accomplishments or elements of the 3-Day. Collect them every year! You can also check to see if any of your loved ones have sent you a Sweet Treat; a gourmet chocolate perfect for finishing out your day in sweet style.

  • Strike a pose

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We know that you’re not walking 60 miles just for the photo op, but, snap a few pictures with our 3-Day photo ops to show the world that you are More Than Pink! In camp, you’ll find our 3-Day photo cube, which has four walls, each with photo banners for walkers and crew. Grab a prop, show us your victory pose, and then post them on social media – OR, save them to use as thank you notes to send out to your donors!

  • Play for the cause

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Curl up in our giant bean bag chairs and play an engaging round of Words With Friends. This word game app is super calming and fun; offering friendly competition as you play against your friends or other players. As an added bonus, this October if you help the Words community play 6 Million tiles between Oct 1st – 21st , Words With Friends will donate up to $100,000 to Susan G. Komen!

Just log in and use their new exclusive Pink Ribbon Tile (created specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and play as many friends as possible. Even the smallest word can make a big difference.

  • Reflect and remember

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The 3-Day is a celebratory event, but it also has a more serious purpose: to remember the lives we have lost to breast cancer. Visiting the Remembrance Tent is a somber but important moment, and one we encourage you to have — to see why the hard work you are doing matters so very much. We still hear the echo of their footsteps — and we walk for them.

You’ll never be bored when you’re on the 3-Day, but these ideas show you that there are several fun, relaxing, and therapeutic activities you can take part in as you recover and refuel for the rest of your 3-Day experience. See you in Camp!