Meet Philly’s 3-Day Fighter: Walker Caren S.

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On the 3-Day, it’s not uncommon to meet people who walk for their friends, their families, themselves or people they know who have been affected by breast cancer. Caren S. didn’t know anyone who had been affected by breast cancer – until, just one day after walking the 2017 Philadelphia 3-Day, she found out that SHE was now living with the disease.

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In 2017, Caren walked her first 3-Day in Philadelphia. She didn’t know anyone with breast cancer, but had been inspired to join the 3-Day after seeing a woman wearing one of our Victory T-Shirts while she was running a half marathon. Caren trained and walked all on her own, coming in from Boston just to make that 60-mile, 3-Day journey. Right after the Closing Ceremony, she headed home…to what turned out to be a whole new world.

“The day after the walk ended, I drove back to Boston and immediately to a doctor’s appointment I had scheduled months in advance. It was just an appointment to get a prescription refill, but since this was a new physician’s assistant, she insisted on doing a well woman exam. Well, that PA found a lump in my breast. Flash forward to today, and I have stage 3 HER2+ breast cancer.”

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This turn of events is one that many who are diagnosed with breast cancer know all too well. It immediately gave Caren “a whole new appreciation for Susan G. Komen, the 3-Day, all of the coaches, all of the volunteers, the survivors and the caregivers,” and has inspired her to already begin planning her 2018 walk goals.

One of them is to be walking as a survivor. And she’s going to approach that goal like one of her favorite movie characters.

“I’m obsessed with Rocky, literally. And during one of his fights, after 11 rounds of being beaten to a pulp, Rocky stood toe to toe with his opponent, looked him in the eye and confidently said, “I’m still standing here.” To me, that’s what the word “survivor” means. After chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, possible radiation, and 9 additional months of infusions, when I can say, “I’m still standing here,” that’s when I can call myself a survivor. To me, a survivor is someone who stood toe to toe with cancer, took all the hits, and kept moving forward until they beat it, scars, short hair and all.”

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As she continues to undergo treatment, battling her own scars, she’s also encouraging people to join her in 2018 on the 3-Day! It’s all part of her goal to keep moving forward, and she wants as many people as possible to join her on her journey.

“Between the volunteers, staff and other walkers, someone will always have your back and make sure you get what you need! I would say that the cause for which you are walking, mixed with the stories you hear over the 3 days, as well as the gorgeous and fun scenery, will make it an event you will remember for a lifetime. It’s all worth it as you’re walking.”

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Caren plans on walking throughout her treatment, though her training plan is different this year than last. Her heart has been weakened by her infusions so she will be bringing a friend with her for long walks, for the extra fun and support. She also gets help from her training playlist, which now doubles as her chemo playlist, too. The songs that pump her up and keep her going? Unsurprisingly they include the “Rocky” playlist, as well as:

  • “It’s A Fight” by Three 6 Mafia
  • “Stronger” by Kanye West
  • “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon
  • “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy
  • “Watch Me Shine” by Vanessa Carlton

And shine she will. She’s going to keep fighting, and like her pal Rocky, she’s never down for the count.

“I live my life by my favorite movie quote of all time, which was said by Rocky in Rocky Balboa:

‘It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?’ That’s something I remind myself on a daily basis.”

 

 

 

 

3-Day Motivation Monday: Inspiring Quotes from First Ladies

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Happy President’s Day, 3-Dayers! While no doubt some of us are appreciating a day off today, no matter if you’re working, running errands, catching up on your favorite TV shows, or anything else, it’s still a wonderful day to remember the men – and women – who have led our country. Yes, that’s right, the women, too!

Our First Ladies contributed greatly to America in a variety of ways, and today, we honor them. So, for a little motivation to start your week, here are some inspiring and educational quotes from a few of our First Ladies.

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“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” — Abigail Adams

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” — Barbara Bush

“Choose people who lift you up.” — Michelle Obama

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” — Lady Bird Johnson

“You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count.” — Nancy Reagan

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” — Rosalynn Carter

“Leadership is not about popularity, it is about doing what is right.” — Laura Bush

“You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.”— Hillary Clinton

Little Ways to Show Love This Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and whether you have one special Valentine, or a whole bunch of them, it’s the perfect excuse to remind them just how special they are. But what if you haven’t made a fancy dinner reservation or forgot to order a gorgeous bouquet for your Valentine? Don’t worry!

The 3-Day is all about love of every kind, and that includes the smallest and every day gestures of support, compassion and caring. So, if you’re a little last minute with thoughts of love, we have some easy ways to show your 3-Day spirit of kindness.

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Pick up a sweet treat and have dessert for breakfast! Bring some home for your family, roommates or even to the office for all your coworkers. There’s never a bad time for a cupcake or donut, after all.

Let your love bloom with even a single rose. Lots of flower shops run specials on Valentine’s Day for last minute buyers, and most pharmacies and grocery stores also carry bouquets day-of.

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Send a little e-love to your team with a heartfelt email or silly virtual card! Let them know you’re thinking of them, even if you’re not right there with them on this holiday.

See if there are any local events or restaurant specials for the holiday in your town. It’s a great way to support local businesses, plus you won’t have to go far to have a fun time.

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Sign someone up for the 3-Day! You can save $20 on registration now through February 20th automatically, no discount code required, so help your friend or love sign up to walk with you this year at The3Day.org.

Do you have any ideas for the Valentine’s Day holiday? Tell us in the comments!