2016 Atlanta 3-Day – Saturday Award Winners and Honorees

On the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, Saturday night is when we gather to celebrate: walkers rejoice in completing 40 astonishing miles of route, crew members high-five over giving hours upon hours of service to their fellow 3-Dayers, and everyone celebrates each other. Every walker and crew member is worthy of a medal for their accomplishments, but even in this sea of outstanding individuals, there are some walkers and crew members who stand out even more. At the Saturday evening camp show, we recognize these special someones, and in Atlanta, we were pleased to award the following outstanding walkers, crew members and teams:

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The 2016 Atlanta 3-Day’s top training walk leader is Angela Baldwin (Atlanta 3-Dayers may have recognized Angela from Opening Ceremony). Angela has been participating in the 3-Day for 8 years, and has been a training walk leader for 5 of those years. This year, Angela hosted 36 training walks with 25 attendees. In addition to being a training walk leader, she is also the captain of Team – Hope in Motion, and when she’s not out accumulating mileage on her feet, Angela loves being a band mom, going to the gym, reading and geocaching.

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Congratulations to Kira Young from Cumming, GA, who is the top Youth Corps fundraiser on the Atlanta 3-Day this year. Kira, who is 12 years old and participating on the Youth Corps for the first time, raised $3,611 raised. Honorable mention: The #2 YC fundraiser is Ryan Parks, who raised $3,049.

Remember, the 3-Day Youth Corps is made up of kids between the ages of 10 and 16, and though they are required to raise at least $500, most Youth Corps youngsters exceed this minimum, often by hundreds of dollars. This year’s Atlanta Youth Corps team was the #6 top fundraising team in Atlanta, and the only crew team in the top 10; they raised an average of $1,800 per person. Amazing!

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We’re happy to honor Jake Stefan, a Camp Operations crew member (you might remember Jake from Atlanta’s Opening Ceremony), who was Atlanta’s top crew fundraiser. Jake brought in an incredible $14,870 this year which also made him the #2 overall fundraiser for the Atlanta walk. This year’s Atlanta 3-Day is Jake’s 10th event in 10 years, and his lifetime fundraising total is $71,073. On the 3-Day, you can spot Jake sporting a pink bra, but you may also find him clowning around–as an actual clown–in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade.

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The top individual fundraiser (walker) on the Atlanta 3-Day is Christi-Ann Wiltberger, who raised $29,500 this year. Wow! Christi-Ann’s lifetime fundraising total is an eye-popping $204,282, an amount that is even more impressive when you learn that this is only Christi-Ann’s 6th event. Christi-Ann is the captain of the team Grand Ta Ta’s and works as a nurse, as does her husband (they met in nursing school!).

Top 5 Fundraising Teams

The top fundraising teams for the 2016 Seattle 3-Day are:

5. Michele’s Monarchs – $28,770 in 2016; $51,441 lifetime – 12 team members, 2 years as team – Team Captain: Krystle Murray
4. Angels 4 Angels* – $33,180 in 2016; $1,231,796 lifetime –8 team members, 10 years as team – Team Captain – Rina Wolfe
3. Grand Ta Ta’s – $33,505 in 2016; $537,105 lifetime – 5 team members, 6 years as team –Team Captain: Christi-Ann Wiltberger
2. Pink Angel Street Walkers – $38,070 in 2016; $395,073 lifetime – 28 members (largest team in Atlanta this year), 7 years as team – Team Captain: Lori Camp

img_6782And big congratulations to Feet to Beat Breast Cancer, Atlanta’s top fundraising team, with $54,724 raised this year. In their 12 years as a team, they have raised $698,774. Feet to Beat Breast Cancer is captained by Carolyn Parks and had 18 team members this year.

*The 2016 Atlanta 3-Day marked another big milestone for Angels 4 Angels, who blew past the $1 million mark and as of this week, have raised over $1.2 million. Wooooooo!!

 Milestone Award and Local Impact Award

These two other special awards are presented to participants who stand out and shine extra brightly in a sky of very bright 3-Day stars. The Milestone Award is given at each event to one participant who has an extraordinary history of involvement with the 3-Day, and the Local Impact Award recognizes a participant in each 3-Day city who has been instrumental in strengthening the 3-Day in their community throughout the year.

We’re happy to congratulate the 2016 Atlanta 3-Day Milestone Award winner, Alison Glancz. img_6818Alison has been a remarkable 3-Day participant for 12 years; the 2016 Atlanta 3-Day, where Alison was part of the Camp Support crew team, was Alison’s 24th 3-Day event. In her lifetime as a 3-Dayer, Alison has worn dozens of hats (figuratively and literally, as she is usually in a costume of some kind), both as a walker and a crew member, and has personally raised over $56,000 for the 3-Day. Her friend and fellow crew member, Jake, said about Alison, “Talk about being dedicated to the cause… I am pretty sure when Alison sweats at the 3-Day, it comes out pink.She has been a captain for one of the largest and most logistically challenging crews for as long as I can remember. Then she started taking her talents all over the country to captain other crew teams in other 3-Day cities. Alison may be small, but she has a big fire within her. And when that fire is pointed at you: watch out! I’m just glad she is pointing that fire at breast cancer.” Another crew friend, Julie, shared this about Alison: “Through the years, events, and shared experiences with Alison, I continue to grow more in awe of her. Each year she dedicates her time to multiple 3-Day events, often as a Crew Captain.I joined the staff of the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in 2014. And now, every day, I meet people who can afford a mammogram thanks to Alison. There are people across this country, and maybe even the world, who are alive today because Alison cared enough to step up to the challenge of walking and crewing those 24 3-Days, and because she knew that raising a minimum amount of money was just the beginning of what she could do, so she boldly chose to push for more.” Congratulations, Alison, and thank you for your amazing spirit and your years of commitment to the 3-Day!

img_6830The recipient of the 2016 Atlanta 3-Day Local Impact award has truly made her mark on the Atlanta 3-Day family. Carolyn Parks first walked the 3-Day in Atlanta in 2001, and has since walked in Atlanta (and nowhere else) 12 times, achieving a lifetime fundraising total of $52,700. Carolyn’s friend Mandy said this about her amazing friend: “Carolyn is the most caring and compassionate person I know! Her constant and tireless commitment to put others before herself makes her such an inspiration to more people than she probably realizes. Year after year, not only does Carolyn continue to lead the top fundraising team for the Atlanta 3-Day, she is constantly giving back to her community through her work with Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross and other local charities. Carolyn brings hope to us all and she truly wants to make a difference.” Carolyn is also the team captain of Feet to Beat Breast Cancer, the top fundraising team in Atlanta this year. Her her friend and teammate, Debbie, shared, “I’m not sure I have met anyone more dedicated to the 3-Day than Carolyn. We met when my five friends decided to walk the 3-Day because I was going through breast cancer and chemo. As luck (or fate) would have it, they joined her team (Feet To Beat Breast Cancer) and she made our first 3-Day experience incredible. Carolyn always puts others before herself and is constantly thinking of fundraising ideas because of her commitment to this cause and to helping others. I am so grateful that Carolyn was one of the people sent to me during my fight with cancer. She inspires me to be a better person every day and I know the whole Feet To Beat Team feels the same way.” You inspire us too, Carolyn! Thank you for your incredible dedication to the 3-Day!

2016 Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Route Update

Last year on the 3-Day® blog, we shared some detailed “Insider’s Peek at the Route” posts with you. We pulled the curtain back on the overall process of planning and executing a 60-mile route, and then got even more in-depth with each individual 3-Day walk’s route.

This year, we wanted to keep you looped-in with the updates and changes that have been made to the 3-Day routes for 2016. We’re also bringing in members of the 3-Day Advisory Council to share their thoughts about the 2016 changes. These participants stand as the “voice” of the 3-Day community and their input has been instrumental in strengthening the communication and camaraderie between Komen and the 3-Day family, so we’re thrilled to have their insight here on our route updates. We’ve previously shared route updates for MichiganTwin Cities, Seattle, Atlanta and Philadelphia, and today, Dallas/Fort Worth is front and center!

Need a refresher about what the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day route was like last year? Read our 2015 “Insider’s Peek” post here.

New for 2016

We chatted with Kiki, the amazing Event Planning Manager for the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, and the awesome Coach Gayla. They used feedback from seasoned walkers to make a few small changes between pit stop 3 and pit stop 4 on Day 1. Coach Gayla said “We’ll visit a new stretch just off of Forest Lane that will be a welcome change to our long time #DFW3Day walkers on Day 1. You’ll also be greeted by Susan G. Komen Headquarters staff members and the three Komen Affiliates from Greater Fort Worth, North Texas and Dallas County along the Survivor Stretch from pit stop 4 to camp.”

On Day 2, the total mileage will be one mile less than before, to give your sore feet a break. “Day 2 and 3 you’ll see a new Cheer Corps spot that has never been seen before. Soak up the love from them and I know you’ll appreciate the surprise break,” said Coach Gayla.

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On Day 3, “There’s a small change in Downtown Dallas after pit stop 3, with a pretty straight shot to Deep Ellum where you’ll get the final uplift you’ll need from private cheer stations before you enter Fair Park and the new Participant Finish Area,” she said. The Participant Finish Area at Closing Ceremony is getting a makeover, with a new gathering area with grass, shade, and a much more comfortable atmosphere for family and friends. The Victory Walk will also be a little bit different from last year, freshening up those amazing final few steps until Closing Ceremony.

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In Their Words  We asked Thomas and Melissa, two of our 3-Day Advisory Council members who are participating in the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, for their thoughts on the 2016 route updates.

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Thomas (3x participant) – Thomas, a member of Dallas/Fort Worth team Presbytittans, said, “There are three parts I’ve always looked forward to since my first walk: I love the elementary school where the children are outside and cheering; I look forward to coming back through the tunnel on the Brookhaven campus; and the stroll through Deep Ellum on the way to Fair Park is always a treat.” He encourages first-timers to really take their time through downtown Dallas on Sunday. “There’s a tendency to ’finish strong‘ after lunch on Sunday, but enjoy the sights of downtown,” he said. How about any awesome Kodak Moments for our 3-Dayers? “Most of my pictures over the years have been at cheering stations and at the beginning/ending of the route. However, I always get asked to be the person to take pictures for others at the fire stations!”

Melissa (10+ year participant) – When we asked Melissa what she loved about the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, she said many of the same things as Thomas. “I think the best and most consistent parts of the route would be the HUGE cheer stations. Many ladies really love the Richardson Firefighters who happily pose for photos on their truck, and there are always school kids who line the playground fence to give us a high five!” Melissa and her husband also always find the B I G letters and snap a few pics like the one below. Does she have any other advice for walkers who are about to hit the streets for the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day? “The weather is always gorgeous, but being Texas, it can change quickly – so please check the weather frequently and even if the forecast is warm and dry, bring gear for cold and wet! Also beware of curbs! We have a LOT of them!”

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We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks, Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Dayers, and we think Thomas summed up what we think you should do just perfectly: “Embrace the weekend! Laugh, hug, cry, high five and love your way through the event. You’re in a unique place of affirmation and mission, so enjoy it!”

We know you will, and if you have any questions or concerns before your event, remember the coaches are just a call away at 800-996-3DAY. See you soon, #DFW3Day!

2016 Philadelphia 3-Day Wrap-up

Folks who have walked in the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day before know that Mother Nature has not always been at her kindest during the Philadelphia event weekends. But for the 2016 Philly 3-Day, she decided to play extra nice and treat the 750 walkers and 275 crew members to a superbly beautiful weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. There was not a poncho to be seen when the 3-Dayers arrived on Friday morning to Opening Ceremony at Willow Grove Park Mall, and the pleasant weather was only the tip of the iceberg for the memorable three days ahead.

Amber Livingston from Susan G. Komen® welcomed everyone to the Opening Ceremony on Friday morning, and she was soon joined on stage by six Philadelphia 3-Day participants who shared their personal statements about why they are part of the 3-Day. img_1602 img_1797The 3-Day’s own beloved Dr. Sheri Prentiss also joined the Opening Ceremony, and all of these inspirational hosts pumped up the walkers and reminded us all of our shared goal: ending breast cancer forever. The inspiration level was raised even higher when we looked at the nine beautiful women who made up our Survivors’ Circle, and their bravery was the last little burst of invigoration that the walkers needed to set out onto the 60-mile road ahead.img_1795 img_1638

The walkers trekked through Willow Grove to reach their first pit stop at Ardsley Park in Glenside. The route continued to pass through lovely residential neighborhoods, including a pass down the legendary “Bra Street” cheering station, before reaching pit stop 2 in Oreland.img_7235 img_1809 Along the way, walkers also met street after street of schoolchildren—from kindergartners on up through high schoolers—who took breaks from their Friday classes to cheer for the passing walkers.img_1776 img_1822 A Grab & Go in Glenside and a cheering station on Germantown Ave. fueled walkers in to the lunch stop on the beautiful grounds of New Covenant Church.img_7208 img_7367 Walkers quickly noticed that on Friday, the entire Philadelphia 3-Day crew—from pit stops to sweep vans—was united with a common Dr. Suess theme, making it a delightful trend throughout the day.

img_7523 img_1971 img_1940After lunch, the route moved along the shady Wissahickon Trail and to Grab & Go B at the Historic Rittenhouse Town before turning along the Schuylkill River and past Boathouse Row on approach to pit stop 4 right before the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Around the front side of the museum, most walkers took advantage of the amazing photo op, and were delighted to see Rocky Balboa himself (well, a convincing impersonator, anyway), happy to take pictures at the top of the steps that his movie made famous decades ago. Cue “Eye of the Tiger!”img_7584 img_7599

The final stretch of Friday’s route brought walkers downtown to camp at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The camp show on Friday brought back the hosts from the morning’s Opening Ceremony, Dr. Sheri and Amber, as well as a special appearance by President and CEO of Susan G. Komen, Dr. Judy Salerno, who thanked the 3-Day community for being such an integral part of Komen’s mission. We also heard from Elaine Grobman, CEO of Komen Philadelphia, and Komen grantee Dr. Susan Domchek, whose work is made possible thanks in part to funds raised by the 3-Day. Philadelphia walker and survivor Marianne gave an heartfelt speech about the 3-Day’s power in her life, and finally, the Philadelphia 3-Day Youth Corps took the stage to tell us their reasons for becoming part of the 3-Day.

On Saturday morning, walkers set out onto a route that was completely different from where Day 2 has taken them the last few years (though it did include some well-loved elements from Philly 3-Day events of the past). Within the first few miles, walkers were delighted with a surprise portion of the route that took them through the Philadelphia Zoo. Dozens of animals were out enjoying their breakfast and “posing” for pictures with hundreds of walkers.img_2079 From there, they passed by Memorial Hall and made their way up to a Grab & Go on Belmont Plateau with stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline.img_2177 img_2038 img_7630 From there, they cut over onto Bala Cynwyd trail (the Heritage Trail) and found pit stop 2 ready to fuel them up and keep them going.img_2172 After that, it was back across the Schuykill River on the new Manayunk Footbridge and headed toward lunch (after one teensy tiny little hill…at least is wasn’t The Wall!).img_7783 img_7739 Coming down from lunch, walkers strolled down Main Street in Manayunk, passed dozens of shops and restaurants, and one very Sinatra-esque serenader.img_2204img_2189 After that, it was a short walk on Kelly Dr., then a cross over the Falls Bridge, then a riverside walk along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive back into downtown. A Philadelphia walk would not be complete without a photo op at the LOVE statue (even in its new home in Dilworth Park).img_7885

Back at camp, Friends & Family Night got into full swing as many Philadelphia walkers and crew members were joined by loved ones. The camp show began with a new face on stage; Lori Maris, who is Komen’s VP, Affiliate Network and a 3-Day walker herself, shared some heartfelt thoughts about the power of the 3-Day community. The 3-Day celebrated its 150th walk in Michigan earlier this year, and we’ve been reveling in the 3-Day’s big milestone all season long. So with glasses of yummy sparkling grape juice raised, Amber led us in a toast, followed by surprise cupcakes for everyone. The camp show went on to acknowledge some Philadelphia participants who reached milestones of their own, including top fundraisers and local award winners. And of course, the Saturday night dance party followed with typical (and always kind of surprising after 40+ miles of walking) energy.

Day 3 in Philadelphia is a bit of a walk through history. Walkers left camp at the convention center pointed east, and soon were headed down Elfreth’s Alley, notable as being the oldest continuously inhabited street in America.img_8010img_8028 From there, they put one foot in front of the other over cobbled streets until they got to the People’s Plaza, home of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell (and a special addition just for the 3-Day: dozens of local cheerleaders offering encouragement and yummy donut holes).img_2578 img_2672 Eventually leading out of downtown, walkers crossed back over the Schuykill River again to come to pit stop 1 at the 30th Street train station patio (known as The Porch, complete with relaxing swings and chairs).img_2821 img_2832 img_2839 From there, walkers continued heading west until they reached the University of Pennsylvania campus. Next up was a walk back over the Schuykill River and into pit stop 2 at Schuykill River Park, approximately the halfway point of Day 3’s route.img_2985 Another cross to the east side of Broad Street brought walkers to another Grab & Go and another cheering station before leading them onto 9th Street and through the Italian Market, which is the country’s oldest open-air street market. A short distance later, walkers went right past the intersection where two landmark rival Philly cheesesteak purveyors, Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks face off. Just a couple short miles after that at the lunch stop at Marconi Plaza, walkers were greeted by Dr. Sheri, and Amber, Lori and Judy from Komen, who handed them “More Than Pink” superhero capes to wear for the final few miles.img_2966 img_8248 One last pit stop at FDR Park offered walkers another couple of beautiful photo ops before delivering them to the Navy Yard (where the United States Navy was founded and several decommissioned ships still are docked), the site of Closing Ceremony.img_3119 img_3108 img_8299 img_3126

The Philadelphia 3-Day Closing Ceremony was once again hosted by Dr. Sheri and Amber, who got the hundreds of gathered friends and family members pumped up as the walkers, crew members and survivors marched in to the arena. We thanked our many wonderful supporters, sponsors and local jurisdictions, and we shared an especially joyful moment when Amber announced that an amazing $2.1 million was raised by Philadelphia’s 750 walkers and 275 crew members.img_3139 img_8425 img_3149 img_8435 The Philadelphia 3-Day family danced it out one final time, and as the final flag of the 3-Day was raised, we remembered and repeated the promise we made way back on Friday morning: to never give up our fight until we have ended breast cancer forever.