Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s not just the leaves that are changing color this October. October also turns a brilliant pink as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes over. Our Susan G. Komen 3-Day community is definitely well outfitted to wear their pink pride!

In addition to continuing to share stories from the 3-Day, we will celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by featuring important news from the Susan G. Komen® website. Here are two great websites to check out:

I Am Susan G. Komen: Five contributors share how they were affected by breast cancer and the role that Komen funding has played in their journey. The 3-Day’s own Richard Perrine is one of those featured. Don’t miss the video clip at the end of his story.

Susan G. Komen® Blog:  Breast cancer survivors, scientists and advocates share their stories on the Komen blog. Check it out for updates on Komen-funded research and their mission.

2013 San Francisco 3-Day  Closing Ceremonies flag bearers

2013 San Francisco 3-Day Closing Ceremonies flag bearers

3 Days. 60 Miles. 90 Years.

Breast cancer survivor Sally D found her first 3-Day experience in San Francisco this July to be more than she could have ever imagined. So much so, it inspired her mom, Nancy to join Sally to walk in the 2013 Seattle 3-Day that started this morning. Nancy is celebrating her 90th birthday during her 3-Day weekend! Nancy’s granddaughter Christy also joined them to make a three-generation team.

(left to right)Sally D, Nancy R, and Christy D make up team "Nancy at Ninety"

(left to right) Sally D, Nancy R, and Christy D make up team “Nancy at Ninety” on the Seattle 3-Day in 2013

When Sally D came back from the San Francisco Bay Area 3-Day, she shared her memories with her mother. “I showed my 89 year-old mom the photos from my first 3-Day, and she got emotional recounting how her sister, Margaret, died of breast cancer at age 52. She said, ‘Sal, if I were younger, I would have liked to have walked with you. I am proud of you that you have done this.’”

Sally realized that her mother’s age didn’t have to stand in the way. “Why can’t she do it? She turns 90 on the 3-Day, so Team Nancy at Ninety was born. It was meant to be – Seattle is her childhood town!”

It took a bit of cajoling to convince Nancy that she could go the distance. “They have a sweep van,” mentioned her daughter Nancy. “You only need to walk a few miles at a time, then they’ll take you to the next pit stop. Whatever you can do will be perfect. We can even sleep in a hotel at night!”

Nancy with her daughter Sally are teaming up with their fundraising efforts. “We have handed out fliers around her neighborhood, and received a few donations. Her friends in her old community are supporting her. Our family is pitching in, and many of my friends are so inspired by her determination that they are donating again. Who wouldn’t be inspired by a 90 year old who has the guts to do this? Or even who has the ability to walk a mile each day! It has been phenomenal, and has given Mom a new focus for her life.”

Nancy (left) is turning 90 this weekend on her first Komen 3-Day® in Seattle this morning. Her daughter Sally (center) and granddaughter Christy (right) make up the team "Nancy at Ninety"

Nancy (left) is turning 90 this weekend on her first Komen 3-Day® in Seattle this morning. Her daughter Sally (center) and granddaughter Christy (right) are the team “Nancy at Ninety”

Sally reflected on her 3-Day journey that began when a friend asked, “Do you want to do the San Francisco 3-Day with me?” Sally said, “That small pebble tossed into still waters progressed from a ripple to a tsunami! It led to training, taking better care of myself, meeting others and creating a team that raised nearly $10,000. Now I am walking in my second 3-Day with my mom and our Seattle team. It’s approaching tsunami proportions!”

Here’s to Nancy, Sally, and Christy! Seattle participants, be sure to find team “Nancy at Ninety” and wish our special participant a happy 90th birthday!

Team "Nancy at Ninety" take a break during the 22.9-mile course in Seattle today in raising funds for breast cancer research

Team “Nancy at Ninety” take a break during the 22.9-mile course in Seattle today in raising funds for breast cancer research

Are you celebrating a milestone on the 3-Day? Share your story in the comments below.

5 Qualities of 3-Day Friendship

As a 3-Day coach in Washington, D.C., Shawn Supers has met hundreds of 3-Day participants each year who tell her they are looking to meet new people. Some have just relocated, others are recently separated or divorced. Many hope that participating in a cause-related fundraising event like the 3-Day will help them meet good-hearted, like-minded people.

Day 3

Friendly 3-Day smiles at the 2013 Michigan 3-Day.

Well, according to the State of Friendship Report, they have come to the right place! Women and men both look for these top five qualities in a friendship: loyalty, decency, dependable in a crisis, likes me and is fun to be with. And those five qualities describe nearly every participant that I’ve met while working on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

  • Loyalty Whether loyal to a family member or friend who is struggling with the disease, or to the breast cancer cause, 3-Day participants are committed.
  • Decency What could be more decent than committing to walking 60 miles and fundraising to save the lives of others?
  • Dependability “We will never give up” is the 3-Day motto. We haven’t and we won’t.
  • Fun Where else can you see grown men in tutus on motorcycles to “save second base?”
  • Like What’s not to like about someone who will throw their heart (and soles) into the goal of eradicating breast cancer and have fun doing it?
Susan G. Komen walkers gear up and take on Day 2 to find a cure for breast cancer.

Sharing the 2013 Chicago 3-Day

Have you made any new friends on the 3-Day?  Please share your stories in the comments section below.