The 3-Day Team’s Favorite Memories of 2019

2019 is officially coming to a close…and what a year it was! You can re-live the magic through our photos from the walks, and by sharing your favorite memories with your 3-Day family throughout the holiday season. Our coaches, and the 3-Day team are here to get it started! Here are some of their favorite memories from the amazing 2019 3-Day Series.

Coach Amy

I loved working with my sweet team. I am grateful for these incredible luvbirds that bring so much light and love into my life. 😊 They remind me of the importance of joyful moments. I am also grateful for the conversations and crew members that bring so much meaning and inspiration to my life!

Erin from Susan G. Komen

I have so many wonderful memories of the 2019 3-Day series, but the one that stands out the most for me was the opportunity to participate in the Philadelphia 3-Day as a first-time walker! The moments of personal reflection, the high-fives and support received on the route and off, seeing the views of the city, the blisters I earned, the mac and cheese that I ate…it took my love and appreciation for this community to levels I couldn’t imagine! Plus, running the ‘Rocky’ stairs was SO. MUCH. FUN! It was affirmation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be!

Coach Liz

Some highlights of this year were having pink ice cream in Twin Cities, the amazing Closing Ceremony in Dallas/Fort Worth, and, on a personal note, taking a vacation in Panama with my husband.

Stephanie from Susan G. Komen

My favorite memory from 2019 is from the Opening Ceremony in San Diego. Harry, the gentleman who was raising the Promise Flag in memory of his wife Sheryl, was supposed to walk across the stage and down the stairs to raise the flag. When he was almost off stage he turned around and walked back to me. I was so surprised because this was not what he was supposed to do! I had no idea what was coming. He held out his hand and in it was a beautiful pink bracelet. He handed it to me and then proceeded across the stage to raise the flag.

At that moment, it wasn’t about the music, the cues, the ceremony or anything other than what was written on that bracelet: “Love life and live it every day!”

Coach Tisho

Looking around at the Closing Ceremony in New England and feeling so much pride and happiness at all we had accomplished to bring this amazing event back to Boston.

Coach Gayla

One of my favorite memories from 2019 is dancing and singing my brains out at the Finish Line Festival at Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco. I know I probably looked ridiculous, but after a year of planning this event, and having the end be so spectacular, I couldn’t contain myself!

Coach Kiki

I will never forget packing up slumber party tents in the Seattle rain with our amazing Super Crew member, Kirstin Black! What a time!

Coach Molly

I have so many amazing memories from this year, but I especially loved the new Honor Ceremony. I’ve been a part of the 3-Day since 2002 and it’s one of the most moving experiences I’ve witnessed on the event.

Plus, I loved watching Coach Jen dance with George Nummer in Michigan, cheering for Coach Tisho as she finished the Twin Cities 3-Day, anything that had to do with the Bingo Boyz and seeing Rene dancing in the rain in Philadelphia. We have a great team!

What are your favorite memories of your coaches from this year? Tell us in the comments to show your love and appreciation for this amazing group!

Congratulations to the 2019 San Diego 3-Day Milestone Award Winner, Betsy Sears

Please join us in congratulating our 2019 San Diego Milestone Award Winner; Betsy Sears! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Milestone Award is given at each event to a walker or crew member who has an outstanding history of participation in the Komen 3-Day. At the San Diego 3-Day camp show, we presented Betsy with this special honor.

Betsy has been walking in the 3-Day since 2005, most often alongside her friend and team captain Lindsey Bock. Lindsey captains their team, The Ta-Ta’s from KC, and says the whole team is “blessed” to have Betsy on their team.

Lindsey says, “Betsy is so deserving of this recognition for her contributions and commitment to the 3-Day because she is SO busy with her job (she travels all of the time), visiting New Jersey to see her sweet granddaughters and spending time with her adorable Corgi dogs and husband, she STILL makes it a priority to fundraise for the 3-Day. She is an inspiration to all who know her and a loving, caring, sweet, funny and amazing person!”

Their fellow teammate, and Lindsey’s mom, Caryn Firebaugh echoes Lindsey’s love for Betsy, saying, that she “is such a special person and important part of our team. She blesses us on each step of our 60-mile adventure!”

Now let’s hear from Betsy in her own words…

What was your inspiration to do your first 3-Day?

My inspiration was friend and current team captain Lindsey Bock. She was moved to join the walk after an aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. She invited me to walk with her. I walked that first 60 miles in memory of my mother-in-law who died of breast cancer many years ago.

What has brought you back to the 3-Day year after year?

The diagnoses of friends and family members continues to motivate me – and the desire to make even a small difference with the funds our team raises. I am so inspired by the hundreds of other walkers “all in” for the same reasons.

What is the secret to your 3-Day fundraising success?

I have the most incredibly supportive and generous friends, family and clients . . . AND my employer, Quest Diagnostics, that has a phenomenal matching program.

What is your best advice to anyone walking the 3-Day?

High quality socks and good walking shoes are very important components of a successful blister-free 60 miles. But the most important element is the camaraderie with amazing team members who love and support each other (and like to talk about food, recipes, and fun facts for 60 miles!)

What’s a fun fact about you?

Early in my career in the clinical field, I drew blood from both Bess Truman and Faye Dunaway.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned on the 3-Day?

You can persevere through any pain and discomfort; it’s not cancer. Despite any hardships in life we might endure, there is always someone worse off who needs our support and encouragement.

3-Day Fundraising with Facebook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Facebook Fundraiser

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to re-commit to your Susan G. Komen 3-Day® objectives for this year or the next. If you still have last-minute training walks to get in, make the most of these fall weeks before winter hits. And if fundraising is a challenge, there’s one simple trick you can try this month, right from your couch! If you haven’t yet tried Fundraising with Facebook, now is the time to give it a go.

Why?

Well, for starters, did you know that almost 55% of 3-Day walkers have already set up their Facebook Fundraisers? And, those people have raised an average of $700 more than people who haven’t given Facebook Fundraising a try. The power of this online fundraiser is reason enough to be active on Facebook!

It’s also very easy, and you can set it up while you watch a scary Halloween movie or relax after a long day at work. With a few quick clicks from your 3-Day Participant Center, you can set up your Facebook Fundraiser and start inviting all your family and friends to support you and be a part of your journey.

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Need help starting your very first Facebook Fundraiser? Coach Gayla is here to help! She has broken down the process (which you can do from your phone or computer), step by step:

  • Go to The3Day.org.
  • At the top right-hand side, click LogIn and enter your username and password.
  • The next screen that opens will be your Participant Center Homepage.

In the middle of the page you’ll see the blue section with the headline, “Reach your goal faster, raise money directly on Facebook.”

  • Click the white button, “Connect Fundraiser to Facebook.”
  • If you are not currently logged in to Facebook, you will be asked to log in. If you are already logged in to Facebook, you will automatically be taken there.
  • Your Facebook Fundraiser is now live, connecting your 3-Day fundraising to your Facebook profile.
  • Edit your fundraiser by changing the generic 3-Day picture to your own photo. Click the small camera button on the bottom right to edit.
  • Edit the text to personalize it and tell your story.
  • Click the blue “Invite” button and invite ALL your Facebook friends to your fundraiser. If you do not invite anyone, no one will see it!
  • You can then enter a specific fundraising request as a Facebook post. For example, “I’m walking 60 miles in 3 days and raising $2,300 to end breast cancer. I need 23 friends to donate $100 each to reach my goal. Can I count on you for a donation?”

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Your Facebook Fundraiser is now ready to start helping you reach your fundraising goals!

Once your fundraiser is posted, keep an eye on it and watch your total grow! Be sure to thank your donors within your fundraiser each time you get a donation. You can also tag your donors and publicly thank them on your Facebook page.  You should also post pictures of your training and other fundraising efforts to solidify your commitment to the cause and inspire your donors to continue to give.

If you have any questions about setting up a Facebook Fundraiser, or need other tips and tricks, reach out to your local coaches. They can assist you through the step by step process. They’re here to help you reach, and exceed, your goals for your 3-Day!