Hands Together for Kathy Heins

Besides raising more than $60,000 in funds over 10 years of walking, Kathy Heins has led a team of fundraisers, Robb’s Ralliers, to raise more than $400,000 in funds for breast cancer research over the years they have participated!  Kathy has been been a walker in the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day for 10 years, and she is this year’s recipient of the Milestone Award for her commitment to the Twin Cities’ efforts in breast cancer awareness and research. Oh, and it’s her birthday today on Day 2 of the Twin Cities 3-Day.

Kathy Heins stops at Grab and Go "A" on Day 2 of the Twin Cities 3-Day to hug supporters (who were also wishing her a happy birthday!)

Kathy Heins stops at Grab and Go “A” on Day 2 of the Twin Cities 3-Day to hug supporters (who were also wishing her a happy birthday!)

“I had heard about the 3-Day from friends of mine who were co-survivors, but had young children at home, so couldn’t travel to other cities,” said Kathy. “In 2003, it was announced that the first 3-Day® would be held in the Twin Cities – as a survivor, I wanted to do something bigger than me and my battle.  Raising the money, training for the walk and participating in the event felt like the perfect thing.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time just after the second Twin Cities 3-Day in 2005, and she committed herself to walk until her feet couldn’t carry her anymore.

Kathy Heins, the Twin Cities 3-Day Milestone Award recipient of 2013, stops on the route on Day 2

Kathy Heins, the Twin Cities 3-Day Milestone Award recipient of 2013, stops on the route on Day 2

When asked about her amazing success in fundraising, she responded, “I am blessed with amazing supporters! Family, friends and even people I didn’t previously know, have made a commitment to supporting me year after year.  As I meet new people, I share my story in hopes that I can rally them for support as well.”

As a veteran walker, Kathy recommends walking at your own pace and taking sweep vans if needed.  “What you’ve accomplished to date–the fundraising and the training–is amazing! Make sure you can walk through the finish line on Day 3! Enjoy camp life and soak in the experience.  Take time in the remembrance tent.  It’s extremely sad, but it will inspire you to keep up the fight.” Kathy’s attitude and view of the 3-Day as “inspiring, awesome, and hopeful” has been a great force in the fight against breast cancer and a great support to other walkers.  Congratulations Kathy on receiving the Milestone Award for 2013 in the Twin Cities!

Top Fundraisers for Twin Cities 3-Day

Congratulations were necessary tonight for the top fundraising individuals and teams for the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day, as these hardworking and dedicated breast cancer fighters put in the extra time and effort to do some outstanding fundraising.

Top Fundraising Team: Northern Nippys, $85789; Laura Lamson (Captain)

Laura Lamson, Captain of the team Northern Nippys accepts the award for the top fundraising team at the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Laura Lamson, captain of the team Northern Nippys accepts the award for the top fundraising team at the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Top Fundraising Crew Member: Kevin Burns, $4490; Lunch Crew

Kevin Burns accepts the award for top crew fundraiser for the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Kevin Burns accepts the award for top crew fundraiser for the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Top Individual Fundraiser: Mark Nadolny, $14370; Team for the Cures

Mark Nagnoly accepts the award for top individual fundraiser at the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Mark Nadolny accepts the award for top individual fundraiser at the 2013 Twin Cities 3-Day

Fantastic work to the Northern Nippys, Mark, Kevin, and all the walkers and crew who did such a fantastic job in fundraising for the Twin Cities 3-Day!

A Special Stop in the Twin Cities

The Shinar family stops at Pit Stop 1 on Day 1 of the Twin Cities 3-Day fight to end breast cancer

The Shinar family stops at Pit Stop 1 on Day 1 of the Twin Cities 3-Day

“When I was young,” recalled Rob Shinar, “my mother changed hairstyles often. As I child, I didn’t really know anything had been wrong until much later.” Rob is accompanying his father and sister today on Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day, a 60-mile journey to raise funds to help end breast cancer. “I thought everything was fine until I got a call at work. My dad called. Her breast cancer had returned 20 years later and was in her bones and lungs.” Rob and his sister Ally joined their father, John, today as he is walking in the Twin Cities. John has dedicated himself to walking all 14 events this year in honor of his wife, Martha, and to help find a cure for the cancer that took his wife.

John and Rob Shinar walk on Day 1 in the Twin Cities 3-Day, fight to end breast cancer

John and Rob Shinar walk on Day 1 in the Twin Cities 3-Day

On Day 1, the route here in the Twin Cities wraps around Lake of the Isles, and John, Ally, and Rob, along with other family and friends stopped at Pit Stop 2, gathered a bouquet of pink flowers that had been dropped off previously, and walked near the route to honor their wife and mother at Lakewood Cemetery. “Martha and I met in college in Michigan,” John responded when I asked him about her. “She was beautiful and she didn’t think so. You know the type?” John smiled. I knew. You can easily get a sense of who people are by how others talk about them. When I listened to John talk about Martha, I knew exactly who she was and how she lived. “Ally and Rob. Look at them. They’re just the same. There is a lot of Martha in them.”

John Shinar Twin Cities 3-Day Martha Shinar

John places pink flowers in memory of his wife Martha on the Twin Cities 3-Day

The Twin Cities are hot today, and John and his two children placed the pink flowers in the shade of Martha’s memorial and embraced. It was a special stop for a wonderful woman. The three spent some time together at the site and then made their way back to the route. “I walk because everyone deserves a lifetime,” says John. “I will walk, I will run, I will ride. I will not rest until a cure has been found.”