The Youth Corps Experience

If you’ve participated in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day ® before, you know how impactful the Youth Corps is to the entire 3-Day experience. Getting involved in the fight against breast cancer from a young age helps secure futures for this generation and the next. We asked top 2021 Youth Corps fundraiser, Gianna K., to tell her story and what the Youth Corps means to her. 

What is your connection to breast cancer? 

Unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of family members affected by breast cancer. My mom, my three aunts, my grandma, and my two great grandmas were all diagnosed and all survived breast cancer. I want to raise money so no one else has to deal with what they went through, and so no other family has to go through what my family and so many other families had to. 

How and when did you get involved with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day ®? 

After my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, she walked her first Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego to help raise money for the cause. I was there to support her when she walked in 2018 and in 2019. In 2019 I cheered her on along the route, and the atmosphere inspired me to join the Youth Corps. I wanted to be a part of the 3-Day in any way that I could. I was too young to register as a walker, but I found out that I could be part of the Youth Corps to help with this amazing cause. Everyone had so much energy and spirit and I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to help motivate and support the walkers on their 60-mile journey. 

You raised $3,547 for the 2021 3-Day. What inspired you to raise so much more than the minimum fundraising requirement? [Youth Corps members commit to raising at least $500 as part of their participation.] 

What inspired me to raise more than the minimum requirement is that I know this money helps so many people and goes towards ending breast cancer forever. Raising money is one way I can help to find the cures for breast cancer, so I want to help as much as I can. 

If someone is considering joining the Youth Corps, what words of encouragement or advice would you give them? 

If anyone is thinking about being involved with the 3-Day Youth Corps, I would 100% encourage them to join. I had so much fun and met so many new, amazing people over the three days I was there. I made lifelong friends and memories that I will never forget. It is so much fun to cheer everyone on because the walkers need our encouragement and motivation to keep them going. While cheering the walkers on, seeing their faces light up when they saw us made me realize what an impact we are having. All the walkers joined in our cheers and were so enthusiastic with us. It is an experience I will never forget, and I will never forget the feeling of making all those people so happy. 

What is your favorite part of the Youth Corps? 

My favorite part of Youth Corps was meeting new people and being able to have fun with them. We had the best time dancing to music while cheering on the walkers. We would sing, jump around and be enthusiastic together. I loved seeing how happy my friends and I made the walkers, and I know that we experienced this amazing feeling together. 

Do you plan to walk the 3-Day some day? 

I will be eligible to walk in the 2022 3-Day and I do plan on walking. Again, the atmosphere is incredible and so fun to be a part of! 

Are you interested in learning more about the Youth Corps? Do you know someone between ages 10-16 who might be interested in applying? Visit The3Day.org/youthcorps to learn more about involving the next generation in the 3-Day experience. There are a limited number of spots on the Youth Corps and we always have more interested candidates than we can accommodate, so we have an application process. Youth Corps applications are now open.

Congratulations to the 2021 3-Day Nation Top Fundraisers!

Our incredible community came together for the first-ever ever Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Nation, connecting with one another online and at live Pop-Ups across the country. During the online festivities of 3-Day Nation, we celebrated our Top Fundraisers. Please join us in congratulating all of our 2021 3-Day Nation Top Fundraisers!

Our Top Crew Fundraiser is Julia W., who raised nearly $3,200 for 3-Day Nation and has raised $9,575 in her lifetime. 3-Day Nation was Julia’s sixth time walking. Julia’s favorite pastime is photo coaching and journaling her photos. 

Our Top Youth Corps Fundraiser is Grace R., who raised nearly $1,750 for 3-Day Nation. Grace has raised $3,183 in her lifetime across the three 3-Day events she has participated in. In her free time, Grace is currently learning how to knit from her grandmother!

Our Rookie of the Year is Debbie R., who raised nearly $10,800 as a new walker. 3-Day Nation was her first event as a part of the Pink Bubble. Debbie said, “We asked folks to join us on the last leg of our journey and held a cocktail and cookout celebration in our community. Seventy-five people came out!” 

Our Top Individual Fundraiser is Peggy F., who raised nearly $35,000. She has raised $49,570 in her lifetime. 3-Day Nation was the second 3-Day event that Peggy has walked. Peggy can’t wait to get back onto the 3-Day so she can eat those addictive peanut butter and jelly graham cracker bars! 

Our Small But Mighty Team (the team with 3-10 members that raised the most money) is Wild Women Walking for a Cure. They raised nearly $35,000 between their eight team members for 3-Day Nation and have participated in 3-Day events since 1998 across multiple cities. Wild Women Walking for a Cure have raised an amazing $1,110,456 as a team over their lifetime. They have had more than 150 women, men, and children ranging in age from 18 to 78 years old along with a service dog as part of the Wild Women Walking team over 20+ years. Their team captain Leslie C. said, “Every WWW has headgear we wear for every walk. Each of us make our own, have our own personal twist to them, and get together the Thursday night before Day 1 with all of our crafts and glue guns to add or give them facelifts.” 

Our Top Fundraising Team for 2021 3-Day Nation is STEPS, who raised nearly $77,000. They have been a team for 13 years, walked in 27 3-Day events, and have raised a staggering total of $1,191,571. Their team captains Sheryl C. and Dana B. said, “We dedicate every training walk to someone who has been affected by breast cancer so that every step has a purpose and a name.” Team STEPS stands for Screening, Treatment, and Education Programs. 

Thank you to these amazing fundraisers and all of the 2021 3-Day Nation walkers and crew members! 

Congratulations to the 2021 San Diego 3-Day Top Fundraisers! 


More than 3,000 incredible walkers and crew registered for the 2021 San Diego 3-Day, and you all brought your A-game when it came to fundraising. The money you raised will truly help save lives and make a difference. We honored our 2021 San Diego 3-Day Top Fundraisers at our Bank of America Breakfast of Champions and want to share their successes with you here.

Our Top Crew Fundraiser is Martin H., who raised nearly $16,000 for the 2021 San Diego 3-Day and has raised more than $66,000 in his lifetime. Martin has been raising money since 2009 and has completed twenty-three 3-Days! He will receive a $300 donation from Bank of America for his 2022 3-Day fundraising efforts.

A fun fact about Martin: He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, serving from 1968-1969. Thank you for your service to our country and your continued support to end breast cancer, Martin!

Our Rookie of the Year is Laura P., who raised nearly $31,000 as a first-time walker! Laura will receive a $250 donation from Bank of America for her fundraising efforts next year.

A fun fact about Laura: Laura aims to visit every state in the U.S. as well as visit every continent. With your dedication Laura, we know you’ll achieve this goal!

Our Top Individual Fundraiser is Stephanie C., who raised nearly $80,000 for the San Diego 3-Day! She will receive a $300 donation from Bank of America that will go towards her 2022 fundraising efforts!

A fun fact about Stephanie: She is an avid golfer!

Our Small But Mighty team (a team of 3-10 members that raised the most money) is Angels 4 Angels. They raised nearly $46,000 with 10 team members. Angels 4 Angels was formed in 2007 and to date has raised nearly $1.5 million!

A fun fact about Angels 4 Angels: They are a multi-generational team, and this year they walk to honor team captain Rina Wolfe, who is 18 months breast cancer-free!

Our Top Fundraising Team for the 2021 San Diego 3-Day is Powered By Optimism! They raised more than $181,000! Powered By Optimism will receive a $500 donation from Bank of America for 2022, and each member will receive an additional $60 donation from Bank of America.

A fun fact about Powered By Optimism: They have been a team since 2010, raising nearly $2.3 million under team captain Lisa P.! 

Our Top Youth Corps Fundraiser is Gianna K., who raised nearly $3,500 for the San Diego 3-Day! Gianna will receive a personalized 3-Day Hydro Flask from Bank of America for all of her hard work.

A fun fact about Gianna: She loves playing sports, but in her free time she jams out on her electric guitar! You go, Gianna!

This year’s top fundraising crew team is the Lunch Crew who raised more than $55,000! The Lunch Crew team is comprised of 56 members and is led by crew captain Sarah B.

Thank you to these amazing fundraisers and all of the 2021 San Diego 3-Day walkers and crew members who are fundraising to find the cures for breast cancer!