Cati Stone is the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, and a breast cancer survivor. This year, she was honored to be one of twenty individuals selected as Models of Courage in Ford’s Warriors in Pink® campaign, recognizing inspiring breast cancer survivors and co-survivors. And if all of those things don’t make Cati incredible enough, she has also been a faithful Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walker for several years, and was nice enough to share some thoughts after walking in the Komen 3-Day in Atlanta earlier this month.
“This year marked my 4th time walking 60 miles in the Atlanta 3-Day. My amazing teammates from Team Diamond Stone (also known as the Boo Bees) have always included those closest to me: my Daddy, my sisters, my mother in law, my best girlfriends. We talk all year long about preparing for the 3-Day. We talk about fundraising and blisters and fundraising and logistics (and did I mention fundraising?). We talk about how much fun we had the prior years and about how much fun we are going to have the next time. And then the event happens, and we take a year’s worth of preparation and turn it into one big celebration that lasts for 3 days. We celebrate my having beaten breast cancer, but we also celebrate birthdays and new babies and just about anything else we can think of. We literally sing and dance our way down the street (this year’s dance du jour being the “Tight Pants Dance” from Jimmy Fallon’s show) and then come home at night and sing and dance some more. We are loud and silly and we don’t care who knows it! But we care deeply about finding a cure for breast cancer. In fact, this year we were recognized as the 9th largest fundraising team for the Atlanta 3 Day! In our 4 years, we have raised over $100,000, and we’re not finished yet!
“A highlight to this year’s walk included walking with some very special new friends – Aimee, Tracy and Karen, all of whom are fellow breast cancer survivors and Ford Models of Courage. We all met last spring when Ford brought us together to be a part of their amazing Warriors in Pink program that raises money for breast cancer (over $125 million so far!). I fell in love with these ladies instantly, and walking with them in this year’s 3-Day heightened the entire experience for me. They are true warriors.
“Tracy’s daughter made this video to show what the 3 Day meant to her, and I think it sums things up nicely. It truly is a beautiful experience. http://youtu.be/9eDpqj76FgE”
Thank you, Cati, for sharing your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta again next year!
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