Nominated by fellow members of the Pink Bubble, Mary T. shares her journey with the 3-Day.
I was born the same year my mom’s mother died of breast cancer. I never met her. In 1996 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My main thought was, “How am I going to tell my mother?” Well, as the saying goes, I bit the bullet and told her. We cried together and then got on with making a plan for me to get well. Unfortunately, after my diagnosis, I lost my sister in 2001 and my mother in 2002, both to cancer. It was then that I felt it was time to do something. I saw a 3-Day commercial in 2004 and I knew this was the event for me.
I had just moved to a new neighborhood that was great for walking and thought I could do some training close to home. I went to a “Get Started” meeting and liked what I heard, so I signed up for the 2005 Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day that June. Since then, I have walked every year in Dallas/Fort Worth, along with venturing out to other 3-Days with my team. We’ve gone to the Twin Cities, Chicago, New England and San Diego events.
I have friends who have benefited from the money raised by the 3-Day. Some have received treatment options funded by Komen grants and others have been provided transportation to get them to and from appointments. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Komen has also provided a mobile mammogram truck.
The Pink Bubble has become like family, and I have made many lifelong friends. With all the training and fundraising we do, how can you not! My husband always asks me how my jaw is when I come back from a training walk because he knows I’ve been talking so much!
Outside of the 3-Day, some of my interests include being outside with friends, whether it is walking and talking or camping in my pink tent. My kids and grandkids mean the world to me. But just as much as I like being outside, I love sitting on the couch watching a movie with my husband.
If you are thinking about doing the 3-Day — what’s the hold up? Come join the Pink Bubble. Can’t wait to see you!
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