Catching Up With the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® series, we introduced the local coaches from each Komen 3-Day. These are the staff members who support the walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. This week, we catch up with the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day coaches (you can read last year’s “Meet the Dallas/Fort Worth Coaches” here)!

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Liz, Val, Gayla

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day?

Liz (Dallas/Fort Worth Participant Coach) – It was all so wonderful. I loved meeting everyone who I had talked to and encouraged throughout the year. One memory that stands out was of a young man who was walking his first 3-Day and had recently lost his wife. She had always wanted to walk the 3-Day but was not able to, so he did it for her. I saw him at the finish area. It had been very hard and emotional for him. We just hugged each other while he wept.liz_vehicles

Gayla (Dallas/Fort Worth Local Events Coach) – My favorite memory from the 2014 Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day was gathering with participants before the Opening Ceremony. I made my mark as the “group-selfie queen” in 2014. Be ready for even more in 2015! I also loved seeing my daughter and my mom participate as part of the sweep crew, and seeing my other daughter walk as part of the Young Women Walking program.2014 DFW memory 3

Val (Dallas/Fort Worth Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – Nothing can compare to the Thursday before the event, known as the All-Crew Kick-Off. The excitement of seeing everyone come together and reunite in preparation for an amazing weekend always gives me that extra boost of energy and love. Last year’s All-Crew Kick-Off was no exception. In fact, it was the most rewarding moment for me as I saw all my crew captains who I had worked with for the past six months gather with their crews and enter into the leadership roles they had prepared so hard for. The pride and joy in that day helped me soar through the rest of the weekend. 11825001_10153687789417214_1080729970874180136_n

Fun facts about the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the San Diego 3-Day coaches’ check-in next month!)

  1. I have had cats my entire life and almost all of them have had unusual names. My first cat I named BOODAY because we got her on Halloween (yes, all caps…I was three at the time). Another cat was named Snowball and one of my current cats is named Fidget.
  2. I learned to ski in the Alps.
  3. I’ve been a lunch lady and a crossing guard in the same year.
  4. I am a voracious reader, many times reading up to 4 different books at a time.
  5. I was once on the winning pig wrestling team.
  6. From kindergarten through high school, I attended 11 different schools.
  7. I’ve tried surfing, but I’m terrible at it.
  8. When I was born I was extremely premature (less than 4 lbs) and I was so small could fit in my uncle’s shirt pocket.
  9. I was in the Army and had intentions to be a Drill Sargent.

 

Looking for the answers from the Atlanta 3-Day Coaches’ Fun Facts post? Here they are!

 

1) Susan; 2) Tara; 3) Susan; 4) Susan; 5) Libby; 6) Tara; 7) Libby; 8) Tara; 9) Libby

Catching Up With the Atlanta 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® series, we introduced the local coaches from each Komen 3-Day. These are the staff members who support the walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. This week, we catch up with the Atlanta 3-Day coaches (you can read last year’s “Meet the Atlanta Coaches” here)!atl

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Atlanta 3-Day?

Susan (Atlanta Participant Coach) – It’s really hard to pick just one, but this stands out: I registered a gentleman early in the year last year who called in. He and I spoke forever, and I was so excited to meet him in person at one of our Training Kick-Off Events. He was walking for his wife who passed away from breast cancer. I caught him before Opening Ceremony, and told him how happy I was to see him, and how glad I was that he called me. He told me then that making that call was the hardest thing he had ever done. It was so great to see his journey right from the start, and to know the kind of impact it had on him.Susan Closing 2014

Tara (Atlanta Local Events Coach) – I loved seeing so many of the walkers I had been working with all season make it across that finish line, with a hobble to their step and a smile on their face, telling me that it was indeed the most amazing weekend, like I said it would be!tara

Libby (Atlanta Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – My favorite memory was watching the crew members cheer for the walkers as they entered camp. Camping indoors can be tricky, and the crew always goes out of their way to make the walkers feel special. libby 2015

Fun facts about the Atlanta 3-Day Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day coaches’ check-in later in October!)

  1. There is nothing I love more than being at the beach.
  2. I frequent Target AT LEAST once a week. I find it calming to just browse the aisles and of course the end caps to see the clearance items.
  3. After a trip to wine country in Napa last year, I very much want to learn how to become a winemaker.
  4. I love roller coasters but have a huge fear of falling…figure that one out!
  5. If I didn’t have my current awesome job I have always wanted to be a radio DJ.
  6. I am a new mom and I am experiencing how quickly your wants and needs change once you have a child. Baby clothes are just so much cuter to shop for!
  7. I’m currently in love with all things almond. Almond butter, almond milk, chocolate covered- you name it.
  8. I crave change and adventure and love all of the amazing places my job has taken me and the fabulous people I have met along the way.
  9. I love shopping. And I’m pretty sure that I was the original workout wear queen. You can’t have too many sneakers!

Looking for the answers from the Philadelphia Coaches’ Fun Facts post? Here they are!

 

1) Melanie; 2) Joanne; 3) Jen; 4) Joanne; 5) Jen; 6) Melanie; 7) Jen; 8) Melanie; 9) Joanne

 

 

Catching Up With the Philadelphia 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series, we introduced the local coaches from each Komen 3-Day. These are the staff members who support the walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. The Philadelphia 3-Day coaches are in the spotlight this week (you can read last year’s “Meet the Philadelphia Coaches” here)!

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 3-Day?

Jen (Philadelphia Participant Coach) – A favorite memory I had from working at the 2014 Michigan 3-Day was when I was doing overnight security. One of the volunteers helping out that night was a police officer who shared his personal story with me around 3 a.m. while we were chatting in the parking lot. I dissolved into tears in the middle of the night! It was a very powerful and emotional story and a great connection made in the wee hours.Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk 60 miles blog coaches PhiladelphiaJoanne (Philadelphia Local Events Coach) – I was new to the 3-Day staff last year, and getting myself up to speed before the Philadelphia event was difficult and stressful. My favorite part of the 2014 Philadelphia 3-Day was after Closing Ceremony, seeing the work I did unfold so successfully. Having been the new kid on the block, it was so rewarding.

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Joanne (second from right) and kids

Melanie (Philadelphia Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – My favorite part of the event in 2014 was gathering together as one large crew in the Participant Finish Area before Closing Ceremony. It was a special moment to celebrate all that we had accomplished together over the past 4 days.

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Melanie (left)

 

Fun facts about the Philadelphia 3-Day Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the Atlanta 3-Day coaches’ check-in later in October!)

  1. I love chocolate and champagne.
  2. I am a HUGE Paul McCartney fan. Oh, and of course the Fab Four!
  3. I recently had foot surgery for a torn ligament, and I just finished six weeks on a knee scooter. My nearly 3 year-old son was the only one sad to see it go since we were “scooter buddies” over the last several weeks!
  4. I played the clarinet for 4 years as a kid and squeaked on the violin for 2 years.
  5. My husband and I share the exact same birthday. I am about 8 hours older, which I like to say makes me older and wiser.
  6. I’m obsessed with whale watching and could stare at the ocean for hours in hopes that I might see a splash, a spray, a fin or a tail.
  7. I was an English teacher in Poland in the mid-1990s and did some breast cancer awareness projects while living there.
  8. I walked my first 3-Day in San Francisco in 2004 and crewed Philadelphia in 2008.
  9. I’m going to Italy next year with my daughter (shhh, the other kids don’t know yet!).

 

Looking for the answers from the Seattle Coaches’ Fun Facts post? Here they are!

1) Aubrey; 2) Jon; 3) Aubrey; 4) Paula; 5) Jon; 6) Paula; 7) Jon; 8) Aubrey; 9) Paula