Hooray! 2016 Twin Cities 3-Day Saturday Award Winners and Honorees

The 3-Day relies on the hard work of everybody who is involved: with the fundraising, training, and the actual walking and crewing during the 3-Day weekend, it’s fair to say the immense dedication and commitment of everyone absolutely shines through. We’re grateful for every single one of you, and it’s our pleasure to recognize some members of our community who went way above and beyond. Join us in congratulating the 2016 Twin Cities Award Winners and Honorees!

Top Training Walk Leader:

Kathryn Labbe has been participating in the 3-Day for 11 years and has been a Training Walk Leader for seven years. Kathy joins us from Mesa, AZ, and is walking for the first time in the Twin Cities this weekend. Previously, she’s walked in Arizona, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth. Kathy has become quite adventurous in recent years. She has gone sky diving, parasailing, paragliding, and scuba diving since turning 50 years young!

Top Individual Walker Fundraiser:


Let’s hear it for Mary Ann Isaac! Mary Ann has raised $27,670 this year, and an astonishing $122,731 in her lifetime. She’s been a participant for 8 years and Twin Cities was her 8th event. She is captain of Team Chicks for a Cure. This awesome total fundraising is especially impressive because  Mary spends more days traveling and in hotels in a year than she spends in her own house!

Top Crew Fundraiser:


Shannon Riggs raised $5,500 this year, with an amazing $25,659 raised in her lifetime. She’s been involved with the 3-Day for 11 years and this is her 14th event. She’s the Route Clean Up and Route Hydration Captain, and racing towards that fundraising is no problem because Shannon is a licensed race car driver, and she has traveled to more than 14 countries in the world…but not as a race car driver!

Top Youth Corps Fundraiser:

Let’s hear it for Ava Redpath who at just 11 years old raised $1,344 ! Ava is from Rosemount, MN and this is her 1st time serving in Youth Corps.

Top Team Fundraiser:


It’s time for a super huge virtual high five – Cassie’s Cups is our top fundraising team award winner, with an incredible $54,510 raised this year. Cassie’s Cups has had 7 years as team and has raised a lifechanging $109,682 total. Their Team Captain is Christine Kokaisel and there are 25 members of Cassie’s Cups.  

Milestone Award:


Our Milestone Award goes to Peggy Sowden who has participated for 11 years, and this was her 13th event. She’s raised $58,067 in her lifetime, and as a self-proclaimed Disney Addict, she finds a way to get that mouse into almost everything she does. Peggy has supported her fellow walkers by being a Training Walker Leader and volunteering for local activities. In addition to Twin Cities, she has walked in Chicago and Seattle. What did her friends have to say about Peggy? “Peggy is a kind-hearted person who tries to bring a smile to everyone she meets. She is always willing to lend a hand to others in need.” – Sue N., friend and fellow participant. “2013 was her 10th For those of you who also walked that year, you’ll remember that we had to cut the route short on Day 3 by 10 miles due to the extreme heat. One of Peggy’s friends said she remembered how bummed Peggy was because finishing that day would have meant that she had logged 600 miles in her 3-Day career, but instead ended up with 590!” – Kim W., friend and teammate. You’re awesome, Peggy!

Local Impact Award:IMG_4923 (1)

Congrats to our Local Impact Award winner Janet Stevens, who has participated in the 3-Day for 9 years. The Twin Cities 3-Day was her 11th event, and she’s raised a knockout $43,369 in her lifetime. She’s a part of Team Breast Friends Walking, and in another life, Janet was a school teacher and taught swimming in her spare time. She is English, but has not lived in England since 1984. She moved to Wales until 1986 then went to Brussels in Belgium until 2001 when she returned to America. Janet can often be seen with her signature hot pink braided wig, and her friends have this to say about her: “If you are walking with Janet, don’t be in a hurry, as she needs to stop, chat, and make friends with EVERYONE along the way- That’s why we all love her! She’s also been known to take care of her teammates, by bringing coffee to our tents, first thing in the morning.” – Sandy A., teammate. “One of her teammates, I won’t name names, used to tell her that if they get separated in a crowd they would just look for a head with bright pink hair. But since there are a number of gals here with pink wigs that isn’t useful.  So, now they listen for Janet’s distinct British accent and since she lives in Lake Elmo, they always refer to that as her “Lake Elmo” accent.  You can always locate her then. Also, in walking with her for seven years now, I realize there isn’t a photo opportunity that she misses.  She probably has a photo of every Twin Cities’ landmark along with every possible strange character we ever met on our journey.  She could print all those out and wallpaper her house.” – Lyle K., teammate. Thank you so much, Janet!

Please join us in congratulating all of these amazing people! We couldn’t do the 3-Day without YOU!


Susan G. Komen Mission Webinar: What We Learned

In June, we had the pleasure of bringing you our first ever Komen Mission Webinar. The purpose of this online meeting was to allow 3-Day participants and Komen supporters in all corners of the world to hear firsthand about the impact that Komen funds are making to one researcher’s groundbreaking work.

The webinar began with an introduction from Chrissy Mathews, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Project Manager. Chrissy welcomed Victoria Wolodzko, Vice President of Research and Community Heath Program Operations at Susan G. Komen, who shared some important information about Komen’s granting process and why it is vital for these grants to continue.

From there, it was on to the webinar’s guest of honor. Dr. Justin Balko is a researcher and professor at Vanderbilt University. With a small but brilliant team of scientists, Dr. Balko is primarily studying treatment options for triple negative breast cancer, which he succinctly defined as breast cancers that are missing certain hormone receptors; put simply, the absence of these elements means that these types of cancer often don’t respond well to many current breast cancer treatments. He described triple negative breast cancer as “a small proportion [of all breast cancers] but also the worst outcome of all of the clinically recognized subtypes. It tends to impact younger patients, it tends to have a very aggressive course, and there are really no targeted agents approved, and unfortunately because of that, it’s currently only treated with chemotherapy.” Dr. Balko went on to explain how his lab seeks to identify which patients will benefit from certain treatments, and how they can make it so that more patients respond to treatment, often involving a combination of drugs/therapies.

Up next, Dr. Balko continues with an explanation of the particular type of treatment that his lab is working on: immunotherapy. Please take a few minutes to view the next few clips from the webinar to see and hear about the truly exciting advances that are being made in this emerging field of treatment.


In the last few clips from the webinar, we hear Dr. Balko share what the “next steps” goals are for him and his team, and he offers his appreciation for the support that his lab gets from Komen and its supporters.

If you’d like to view the Komen Mission Webinar in its entirety, please visit here.


Susan G. Komen Mission Webinar Recap and Full Video!

Earlier this year, the 3-Day held a series of Komen Impact Forums in 10 cities across the country. The forums were hosted by Chrissy Mathews, the 3-Day program manager for Susan G. Komen, and she was joined by other members of the Komen leadership team, as well as grantees in each city who have received funds from Komen. The goal of the Impact Forums was to initiate a dialogue between Komen and the 3-Day community, addressing common questions and concerns and allowing the 3-Day participants to hear first-hand from the doctors, caregivers, patients and advocates in their own communities who have benefited from Komen funding.

In that same spirit, Komen held its first ever Mission Webinar in early June with the goal of reaching even more of its supporters, no matter where they live. Like with the in-person Impact Forums, the webinar was an opportunity for people (especially those who support Komen through their participation and donations to the 3-Day) to learn a little more about how Komen funding works and hear directly from a researcher, Dr. Justin Balko, whose work has greatly benefited from the money raised by the 3-Day and other Komen efforts.

Dr. Justin Balko is an extraordinary young researcher (his list of titles is remarkable in itself) whose lab is making tremendous discoveries in the field of immunotherapy as a treatment option for triple negative breast cancer. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry; Dr. Balko is also a teacher and does a wonderful job of explaining his very complex work in a way that anyone can understand.

We invite you to take time to view the recording of the Komen Mission Webinar and learn about these exciting advances yourself.