During the first week of 2021, we asked you to pick a “Word of the Year”. (If you missed it, check out the blog post here.) To guide us through this special year, we’ve selected twelve members of the 3-Day family to share their 2021 Word of the Year. Each month, we’ll introduce a new person and share their word, why they chose it, and learn about their Komen 3-Day journey along the way.
First up, we’re excited to learn why Riley W., a nine-time walker who will be walking the San Diego 3-Day in 2021, chose “grateful” as her 2021 word of the year.
Tell us about your 3-Day experience.
I walked my first 3-Day with my sister in 2010. I have walked every year since 2012 for her!
What is your 2021 word of the year?
Why is that your word of the year?
I think it’s very easy for us to forget the big picture and all we have. I believe if I wake up breathing, it is a good day. Everything else, God can handle. But we’re all human, so of course we always are thinking ahead or about things we want to change. 2020 taught me a lot. One, slow down! Two, make sure to really appreciate every little and big moment. Three, it also taught me to buy stock in Charmin…which I was very, very grateful for many times.
Why do you participate in the 3-Day?
I lost my only sister, Kathi, to triple negative breast cancer.
I also lost my grandmother.
I lost my “second mom” Toni, also to triple negative less than two years after my sister.
My aunt and her daughter (my cousin) are both in remission.
We need to stop this.
Before my sister left, I promised her that I would not stop walking and raising money until there was a cure. I intend to keep that promise and not only raise money but also as much awareness as I possibly can.
What does the 3-Day community mean to you?
Family. Love. Support. Understanding. The friends I have met through the 3-Day are literally family to me. I am blessed to have met so many wonderful people!
How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day?
Like I said above, these people are amazing. They are truly family. They understand everything I’ve been through, and they don’t care if I just want to sit and cry or scream or just give them a hug. We’re all connected to one another, and for that I am SO VERY GRATEFUL!
If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be?
First, I missed everyone so much in 2020!
Second, we can’t stop. When we’re in the 57th mile out of 60, when we’re tired of fundraising year after year, or even when we don’t want to remind friends, family or acquaintances to get a mammogram. WE. CAN’T. STOP. Not until there is a cure out there. And I believe there is!
I hate that we all have to continue doing this, but we do. We are all still here, and we are making a difference.
This January, we want to know: What are you GRATEFUL for? Check back next month for the next blog post in our “Word of the Year” series.