But behind all that excitement and fun is someone deeply dedicated to the 3-Day cause, who works tirelessly for a world without breast cancer. Havliand lost both her mother and then her aunt to breast cancer before she became involved in the 3-Day.
She was first recruited to volunteer by her friend, Kit L., and lost her voice the first year she cheered on 3-Dayers. After a few years of this cheerleading-style weekend, the two wanted to do something different. They wanted to toast all the amazing work the 3-Day was doing, but knew that alcohol wasn’t allowed on event. So, they grabbed slices of sourdough bread instead, and began their “toasting” tradition!
The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, she and Kit have become a staple in the Del Mar community as “The Toast Girls.”
Haviland raves about Kit and the rest of her San Diego 3-Day community.
“I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the 3-Day event every year, and cheering on every single one of those walkers while wearing more pink than should be allowed in public. Plus, holding up slices of bread. It’s my honor to do this for these amazing people who are trying to find a cure for breast cancer. Truly, spending four days with my 3-Day family is something that makes my soul sing every year.”
To learn more about her dedication to the 3-Day cause, we heard Haviland’s story in her own words…
What are some of your fondest memories of meeting with walkers while you cheer them on?
Holy cow where do I start?! All the ones I’ve made and the ones I have yet to make. From that first year cheering in over 3000 walkers to the last few years as a toast girl. I love that I can inspire people. It’s the least I can do because truly they are the ones who inspire me to come back year after year.
What keeps you coming back year after year?
Simple: The 3-Day is my family. […] It’s my privilege to cheer and support these fearless walkers on the route and at camp. I come back to remember my Aunt Joanne and honor her. I come because my heart calls me to do so. It makes me feel that I have power over something that can make you feel powerless. I will always be a 3-Day “Toast Girl.”
Why is it so important that we continue to support breast cancer charities?
It’s important to continue so that we can put a stop to families losing time with loved ones. Time is precious and we all deserve a full lifetime.
Who are other people you want to “toast” to in your life?
My beautiful children Taylor and Ian. My amazing family. My closest friends Jen, Melanie, Kit, Janet and a ton of others all these people have touched my life in a significant way. And of course, my amazing 3-Day people – those who I know and those who I still have yet to meet!
We toast to you, Haviland!