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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is in The Air: a Guest Post by Dr. Sheri

There are times when we feel lonely although we are surrounded by many, feel sad although we have so many things that make us happy or feel unloved although we know that to be the furthest thing from the truth. When I have these occasional moments, I stop, think about my Susan G. Komen 3-Day family and almost spontaneously a wide smile instinctively envelops my face. The reason is simple…it’s LOVE! Sometimes just the thought of the love we have received is enough to get us through a difficult day.

Love and be loved on the 3-Day.

Love and be loved on the 3-Day.

Our work and sacrifice on the 3-Day is grounded in love, by which I mean the capacity to extend ourselves for the sake of another person. Our work in the 3-Day community stretches us to understand, respect, and support each other, teaching us why learning to love is one of the most demanding disciplines we can choose. During every 3-Day, love is definitely in the air and you will carry that love with you long after your 3-Day has ended.

Dr. Sheri embraces a last walker on a 2014 3-Day.

Dr. Sheri embraces a last walker on a 2014 3-Day.

Keeping that love in your heart and in your mind when you are faced with difficulty is the basis of gratitude. When you are having trouble feeling gratitude, ask yourself, “What is more important? To value what I have or to value what I do not have?” Gratitude is valuing what you have. Ambition is valuing what you may or may not have in the future. If you drown the voice of gratitude in the roars of your ambitions, all you will be left with is a great deal of noise. Why? Because often ambitions are endless, whereas gratitude is the response to everything life has given you, everything you already have. Don’t get me wrong, having ambition is a good thing; it keeps us moving forward and allows us to reach our full potential. But be sure your ambitions never overshadow your gratitude for what you’ve already accomplished and what you’ve already been blessed to receive.

Happy New Year from Dr. Sheri: New Beginnings

“No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” (Unknown)

In other words, we don’t start over; we begin again right where we are, with the opportunity to make things better in our lives.

As we begin this new year, are you excited about the possibilities of new beginnings? The beginning of a new year is much like fresh snow: everything is covered under a blanket of white. What kind of tracks will you make this year?

I remember as a kid how much fun it was making angels in the snow. I remember the joy and thrill of making forts and tunnels in the snow. How many of us apply the same amount of gusto to our lives today? As kids we just enjoyed the day. We didn’t worry that our masterpieces would melt and disappear. The conditions didn’t have to be perfect. We didn’t worry about how much time we had. Whatever we built or what fun we had was perfect exactly the way it was.

Dr. Sheri high-fives 3-Day participants after getting soaked in the ice bucket challenge in Philadelphia this summer.

High-fiving 3-Day participants after getting soaked in the ice bucket challenge in Philadelphia this summer.

Wouldn’t it be magical to bring some of that wonder back into our lives today as adults? Every time I get wound up with stuff I have to do, my husband gently cups my face and simply says, “It’s time to put your mind on third grade.” As a child, you knew the value of being in the moment. Today many of us are so geared up we view ourselves as production robots doing more and more all the time. Society tells us that doing more and having more equals success. These are all important but our quality of life is key to peaceful living.  If I don’t complete my list of “things to do” my value as a human being won’t diminish. We are all infinitely valuable, but life will march on whether or not we get that PowerPoint presentation done.

The new year is a good time to reflect, and is certainly an excellent time to plan and decide what you are going to do and accomplish this year. I also encourage you to think and ponder about who you want to be this year. Many times we get so caught up in doing that we forget who we are being and who we are becoming.

What will 2015 be about for you? Will life be a grand adventure or will it be more of the same? Chances are if you do the same things as last year you will get the same result.

Is there an area of your life that could use a new beginning? Could your health use a new beginning, or your relationship with your spouse? Could your career or business use a jolt of new energy? Set your intention and steer yourself in that direction.