Kathy R. H. keeps the faith going with her commitment to finding a cure | Word of the Year

For our next “Word of the Year” blog post, meet Kathy R. H. and hear why she chose faith as her word.

Tell me about your 3-Day experience.

I started walking in the 3-Day in 2004. I walked all 16 walks in the Twin Cities. In 2017, my team helped me celebrate my 20-year Cancerversary by walking the San Diego 3-Day. I continued walking in San Diego in 2018 and 2019 as well. In total, I am proud to have walked in 19 3-Day walks.

What is your 2021 word of the year

FAITH

Why is that your word of the year?

Since my cancer journey began in 1997, I have consistently been focused on Keeping the FAITH! Faith represents a commitment to positivity, gratitude, strength, and determination. While not one of us can predict what tomorrow brings, I believe that having FAITH is key to facing each day.

Why do you participate in the 3-Day? 

I participate in the 3-Day as a 23-year 2x breast cancer survivor for me, for my kids, and for my family. I participate in memory of those we have lost, in support of those who are fighting and for those who are survivors. I participate and will continue to participate as long as I am able with FAITH and HOPE that one day we won’t need to walk because we will find a CURE.

What does the 3-Day family mean to you? 

The 3-Day family, my 3-Day family, means the world to me. Each and every walker, crew member, volunteer, and staff member inspires me to be a better person. Our family not only supports each other at walk time but helps celebrate successes and provides prayers and support during challenging times. We may not all be related by blood, but we are the true definition of family!

How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day? 

The commitment we see from our 3-Day family and our supporters proves to me that we all have FAITH that one day we will find a cure. Our FAITH in what we are doing gives us the strength to keep the fight going. We see the impact we are having, and we all have committed to never giving up!

If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be? 

A heartfelt thank you from me to you! I see you, I hear you, I fight with you, and I CARE! Your dedication to the cause is inspiring. While life looks different right now and we have yet again been told the 3-Day events have been impacted by the pandemic, I believe our Pink Bubble is stronger than ever. We continue to show up, even from afar, to help fight this horrible disease. We come together and walk 60 miles, event after event, because we know our fundraising is making a difference. Many of us will hopefully be together in San Diego in November, but no matter what happens, please have FAITH in our cause and continue the fight.  I am filled with gratitude for each of you!

3-Day family, your faith and commitment to finding a cure constantly inspires us. What is helping you keep the faith this year?

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Through it all, especially in the Medical Tent, Hal G. shows PERSEVERANCE | Word of the Year

Next up in our “Word of the Year” series, meet Hal G. and learn in his own words why he chose perseverance.

I have participated in three events as part of the Medical Crew—Philadelphia in 2018 and 2019 as well as New England in 2019. I am registered to walk for the first time in San Diego 2021.

My experiences at the 3-Day events have been great. I’ve been able to meet so many wonderful people who have come together in support of people they know and don’t know. It’s about making the future brighter for friends and strangers alike…incredible people filled with hope finding a common mission of advancing breast cancer diagnosis, research, and treatment.

As part of the Medical Crew, I feel honored to be part of the 3-Day. My colleagues and I are dedicated to helping the participants finish what they started. I am at the event to help each individual achieve their own goal.

The days start early and end late as we have clinic before the route is open and afterwards into the evening. We provide medical care along the route with a team of incredible medical professionals and assistants. It is truly a well-coordinated team effort with each member doing their part to get each and every participant the care they need and to keep them safe.

My word of the year is Perseverance.

Perseverance is my word of the year as 2020 was a year filled with remarkable and unprecedented challenges. 

I participate in the 3-Day because of my girlfriend, Christine. We started dating in July 2014. Christine was diagnosed with breast cancer in December the following year. She and I never really talked about this again but as tears were streaming down her face in shock from her diagnosis she said to me, “This is more than you bargained for. If you want out of the relationship I understand”. I am still here. We are still here.

Christine had surgery and radiation treatment and now has ongoing medical management and surveillance. After recovering from the stress and fatigue of treatment, Christine set her sights on walking the 3-Day. It was a monumental milestone in her emotional and physical recovery.

Christine has now completed three events, two as a walker and one as crew. We will be walking in San Diego together.

In December 2020, Christine became a 5-year survivor.

The 3-Day family to me is a gathering of people coming together to combat a common adversary. It is a group of individuals magnifying their strengths exponentially as they join the Pink Bubble. It is a reminder that nobody has to fight alone…there are friends we know and friends we haven’t met yet that are working together to improve lives today and for future generations.

My word of the year, Perseverance, embodies much of the 3-Day experience. Perseverance is about overcoming an obstacle. It’s defined as weathering a storm or difficult situation in life with strong determination. I have seen and treated many in the Medical tent and base camp who display a singlemindedness toward achievement. Also, perseverance can last for a lifetime.

The message I would like to share with the Pink Bubble is that you matter. You are important. What you do helps others. In this time of extraordinary challenges look for the good. The Pink Bubble is part of the good, and the Pink Bubble is not the same without you.

One thing that surprised me about volunteering for the 3-Day is that in helping others an unexpected side effect was that I helped myself. I didn’t see that coming. 

Thank you, Hal. As we move through 2021, we’re honored by the perseverance we see you and the Pink Bubble family show as we overcome obstacles together.

Other Word of the Year Blog Posts

Tracie G. is ready to INSPIRE everyone around her in 2021 | Word of the Year

Carolyn P.’s Heart is Filled with Generosity in 2021 | Word of the Year

Riley W. Chooses To Walk Into 2021 Being GRATEFUL | Word of the Year