Congratulations to our 2022 San Diego 3-Day Milestone Award Winner Gemma G.! Gemma has participated in 13 3-Days over 10 years and has raised over $224,000 in the fight against breast cancer. We asked Gemma a few questions about her experience with the 3-Day:
What was your inspiration to do your first 3-Day?
The first time I heard about the 3-Day was through a commercial. I remember someone on the commercial saying something like, “I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I could walk 60 miles” and my eyes opened up to this; my heart was in it, and here I am today! My mom said it was meant to be, and here I am, still putting one foot in front of the other.
What has brought you back to the 3-Day year after year?
I have made so many friends, and my job isn’t done yet. I have lost many friends and family to cancer and I want to help make a difference.
What is your best advice to anyone walking the 3-Day?
Have fun and train!
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned on the 3-Day?
It isn’t easy, but raising the money takes more than just myself. The small community I live in is still behind me 110%. Their support is amazing! I might “walk the walk,” but without my family, friends and continued support of my community, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
Coach Staci shared a brief testimonial about Gemma:
“Gemma is the epitome of selflessness. Over the years, she has done it all: from organizing a local run/walk to recycling. In the process she has found a way to inspire her very small community to rally behind her 110%. Gemma’s success has become her community’s passion and she is humbled by their outpouring of support.”
Congratulations, Gemma, and thank you for your dedication to the 3-Day!
The 2022 San Diego 3-Day is in the books! With the help of 1,700 walkers and 325 crew members, including our top fundraisers recognized below, $5.3 million was raised in the fight against breast cancer.
Our top fundraisers were recognized Friday evening of the event at our Bank of America Celebration of Champions. Bank of America celebrates our fundraising champions with a collective $25,000 donation to jump-start participants on their 2023 fundraising! Join us in congratulating these top fundraisers for their incredible achievements.
Our top individual fundraiser is Loretta E.! Loretta raised over $37,000 for the San Diego 3-Day this year and has raised over $536,000 over the last 15 years for the 17 3-Day events she has participated in. Loretta received a $300 donation from Bank of America to go towards her 2023 fundraising!
Our top crew fundraiser is Barbara B.! Barbara raised over $6,800 this year and has raised over $39,000 in the nine years and 20 3-Day events she has participated in! Barbara received a $300 donation towards her 2023 fundraising, courtesy of Bank of America.
Next up is our Rookie of the Year, Patrick P. Patrick raised over $17,000 for his first ever 3-Day! Patrick received a $250 donation from Bank of America that will go towards his fundraising for a 2023 3-Day event. Way to go, Patrick!
Our Small but Mighty Team Award goes to Ta-Ta’s from KC! This team is comprised of five members, captained by Lindsey B. Together, they raised over $61,000! The Ta-Ta’s from KC received a $250 donation courtesy of Bank of America to go towards their 2023 fundraising!
Last but not least, our top fundraising team is Hands Up For Hooters! Captained by Sally D., Hands Up For Hooters has 73 team members and has been a team for seven years. This year, they raised over $158,000, and have raised over $1.14 million in their lifetime as a team! They received a $1,000 donation from Bank of America to go towards their 2023 Susan G. Komen 3-Day fundraising.
Congratulations to all of our top fundraisers for the San Diego 3-Day, and a huge thank you to all walkers and crew who together helped raise $5.3 million in the fight against breast cancer!