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.

MORE Participant Center Tools That You Forgot (or Never Knew) Were There

For every 3-Day walker and crew member, their online 3-Day Participant Center is their headquarters for every last detail of their participation. We’ve blogged before about some of the best goodies that can be found on the Participant Center, from invaluable fundraising resources to tools for connecting with the rest of the 3-Day community.

Today, we’d like to point out just a few more of the incredible features of your 3-Day Participant Center that may have slipped off your radar.

Meet on Your Time – We encourage all 3-Dayers to attend an in-person meeting or workshop if possible (you can find one here), but we know that it’s not always easy or convenient to get to these meetings. If that’s the case, you can virtually “attend” a pre-recorded meeting to learn about different aspects of your 3-Day preparation, such as training and general event prep. These informative videos are available here.

Handbooks at Your Fingertips – If you’ve walked with us before, we don’t send you printed walker handbooks through the mail, but that doesn’t mean that these helpful guides have gone away. Handbooks for fundraising, training, event prep, team captains, training walk leaders and crew are available in electronic form in your Participant Center and at The3Day.org/Handbooks.

Checklist: Check – If you’re a list person, we have one for you right on your Participant Center home page. Scroll down the page and you’ll find a handy list of the most important things you can do to get your fundraising started. Each of the items can be handled right through your Participant Center; just click on the one you’d like to complete next, and when you’ve finished it, that item will be checked off for you!WhatToDoNext

Learn From the Best – On your Participant Center home page, look at the left side navigation menu. There are headings there for Top Fundraisers and Top Teams. If you’re looking for a little motivation with your own fundraising efforts, click through these names of participants who are crushing the fundraising game. You’ll be inspired by their stories and you may even get some ideas about great ways to personalize your and your team’s fundraising pages.

 

Introducing the 3-Day Step Squad

Earlier this year, we launched the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Step Squad, a select group dedicated to spreading the word about the Komen 3-Day in their local communities. We were overwhelmed with the number of applicants and want to thank everyone who took the time to apply. It was truly amazing to see such enthusiasm and support for the 3-Day®.

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The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Step Squad is comprised of nearly 100 energetic and passionate participants from throughout the United States who have dedicated their personal time to help us tell the story of why the Komen 3-Day is so amazing. The Step Squad raises awareness of the 3-Day through media interviews, social media, community engagement and word of mouth, educating their local communities about the event and our mission to end breast cancer forever.

Teaming up with the Step Squad and once again serving as our National Spokesperson, we’re happy to share that Dr. Sheri Prentiss will be joining us on-event this year! In her role, Dr. Sheri will be at the forefront of our grassroots efforts, not only serving as a spokesperson for the media, but also as a local ambassador dedicated to educating, recruiting participants and engaging the community about the 3-Day’s mission to eradicate breast cancer forever.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sheri and the inaugural group of Step Squad members below. We encourage everyone to look for our Step Squad members on-event. You’ll see them in their Step Squad shirts and representing the 3-Day with the media.

Here’s a sneak peek into one of the great media stories secured by Step Squad member, Dena McLauchlin, a seven-city walker, who shared her story with local TV station KTVB in Boise, ID.

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Photo by KTVB

 

Step Squad Members:

Renee Barney                                                               Lynn Piasecki

Alicia Grazioli                                                                Nancy Cooley

Linda Harris                                                                   Melissa Dickhausen

Ann Salter                                                                     Rachel Malecha

Vanessa DeKoekkoek                                                   Kathy Hamann

Wendy Headland                                                           Patty Middleton Miller

Lisa Hamlett                                                                  Sherril Anderson

Ann Vondriska                                                              Cori Olson

Stephanie Hartman                                                        Lynette Lenz

Leanne Johnston

Amy Wofford

Dottie Cornelius                                                             Ellen Harward

Jay Furr                                                                        Renee McCollum

Lauren Leiker                                                                Shelley Middleton

Kathy Schreiber                                                             Gerald Tucker

Linda Savell                                                                  Irma Turnipseed

Elaine Yount                                                                 Harriet Hankerson

Brooke Kincade                                                             Rosa Broddie

Cheryl Howard                                                              Courtney Meckley

Nikki Bristol                                                                  Kate Vitetta

Monica Bonds                                                               Maryjo Allen

Jan Culbertson                                                              Angela Hazzard

Jennifer Steinmetz                                                         Lori Bader

Taylor Long

Beth Dupras                                                                  Judy Gonzales

Donna Kearney                                                             Merrit Alve

Donna May                                                                   Michele Bertone-Buck

Kelly McGill                                                                   Amber Gossett

Becky Carfagno                                                            Tara Anne Hart

Pegi Orso                                                                     Sharon Hudspeth

Ron Reinhart                                                                 Ashley Rawls

Lorraine McGee                                                            Debby Rich

Vicki Layne                                                                   Robin Cordry

Janna Kono                                                                  Bill Wetsel

Jeffrey Hollett                                                               Joe Zinser

Becky Ward                                                                  Karen Kaplan

Christine Camper                                                           Donna Edwards

Julie Jokinen                                                                 Lisa Molkenbuhr

Kristian Kauker                                                              Caroline Skowronek

Pia Dowling                                                                   Franne McNeal

Heather Hoff                                                                 Jim Hillmann

Lois Bear                                                                      Dena McLauchlin

Michelle Buessing

Lisa Busalacchi

Alison DuBose

Sally Dunbar

Tara Farrell

Ashley Fuhr

Kathy Giller

Liz Goldman

Lucy Millman

Cheryl Papiernik

Abby Grossman

Kathy Schwab

Cheryl Jagoda

Mallory Martinez

Denise Gourley

Kim Huber