Congratulations to our 2022 San Diego 3-Day Milestone Award Winner Gemma G.! Gemma has participated in 13 3-Days over 10 years and has raised over $224,000 in the fight against breast cancer. We asked Gemma a few questions about her experience with the 3-Day:
What was your inspiration to do your first 3-Day?
The first time I heard about the 3-Day was through a commercial. I remember someone on the commercial saying something like, “I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I could walk 60 miles” and my eyes opened up to this; my heart was in it, and here I am today! My mom said it was meant to be, and here I am, still putting one foot in front of the other.
What has brought you back to the 3-Day year after year?
I have made so many friends, and my job isn’t done yet. I have lost many friends and family to cancer and I want to help make a difference.
What is your best advice to anyone walking the 3-Day?
Have fun and train!
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned on the 3-Day?
It isn’t easy, but raising the money takes more than just myself. The small community I live in is still behind me 110%. Their support is amazing! I might “walk the walk,” but without my family, friends and continued support of my community, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
Coach Staci shared a brief testimonial about Gemma:
“Gemma is the epitome of selflessness. Over the years, she has done it all: from organizing a local run/walk to recycling. In the process she has found a way to inspire her very small community to rally behind her 110%. Gemma’s success has become her community’s passion and she is humbled by their outpouring of support.”
Congratulations, Gemma, and thank you for your dedication to the 3-Day!