Bev D. finds ways to be GRATEFUL, both in her life and for her Pink Bubble family

Next up in our “Word of the Year” series, this month Bev D. shares how she has been able to remain GRATEFUL, despite whatever challenges the past year has presented. She joined the 3-Day in 2011 to walk it once, and 15 3-Days latershe’s still here! The spirit of the pink bubble family keeps her coming back. 

Tell me about your 3-Day experience. 
I’ve participated in so many events since 2011, it’s hard to count…I think I am at 15! 

What is your 2021 word of the year?  
My word of the year is GRATEFUL.  

Why is that your word of the year? 
Even though 2020 was an awful year for the world, I am grateful because I was still able to spend time with my “pod” of friends and family. We hiked and went to the beach, and we were grateful we were able to do things like that. ALSO, my daughter had a baby girl! Baby Pearl Rhiannon was born on Thanksgiving Day. They spent the whole pregnancy quarantined and everyone is healthy and beautiful. She is my first grandchild and I am enormously grateful for her.  

Why do you participate in the 3-Day? 
My mom had breast cancer, which was the reason I walked the first year. I honestly thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience: “one and done” as they say (LOL) but like many of us, that is NEVER the case. The pink bubble became my family and forever friends and I love you all!

What does the 3-Day family mean to you? 
The 3-Day family is the family I chose. They mean the world to me! I feel safe and loved and part of a special community that the outside world can never understand unless they join “the bubble.”

How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day? 
I am grateful not only for the things in my life, but for my 3-Day family, too. My 3-Day friends are in my bubble that I stay in and travel with. I have so many friends near and far that I call family who I know I can always depend on to be there! They have enriched my life ten-fold.   

If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be? 
I am so grateful for my pink family that is close by, for always being here. I am grateful for the pink family from afar, for keeping us connected to each other in so many ways. We’ve had virtual walks, sent cards to each other, and have always been there to offer prayers when needed.  

My symbol for my mom is a ladybug and there have been so many times when someone randomly will send me a text to tell me that they saw my “mom” in their office, in the park, on the sidewalk, in their house. And it always comes at a time when I just needed to hear it!

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.

All Along the Way, Eduardo R. will be there to SUPPORT You | June—Word of the Year

Today, we’re excited to meet eight-time crew/walker, Eduardo R. Let’s learn why he chose support as his word of the year.

Tell us about your 3-Day experience.

I have walked four times (Michigan 2006, Boston 2009, Michigan 2016 and Boston 2019. I crewed six of the seven walks in 2019, and I’ve walker-stalked my wife Donna all years since 2006 that I wasn’t walking or crewing. 

What is your 2021 word of the year?

SUPPORT

Why is that your word of the year?

Support is what I’ve been doing since my first walk. I needed to support my wife in this incredibly important cause. The least I could do was to be there for her. Her mom is a two-time survivor. Two years ago, my wife became a survivor. We all know someone who has been afflicted with breast cancer. 

Why do you participate in the 3-Day?

To support my wife, Donna, and everyone that is involved in the 3 Day, i.e., crew, walkers, visitors.

What does the 3-Day family mean to you?

Just that—being part of a family. It is always so good to see new-found friends throughout the country. It is like a family reunion. 

How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day?

I support the Cause. My wife. Walkers. Crew. Other support personnel.

If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to get involved. It will be a life-long experience. My very first walk was the single most emotional event I had up to that point. I boo-hooed like a child at closing ceremony.

We’re so grateful for Eduardo’s support, and we hope you take a moment today to recognize those who support you along your journey. Send the text or email. Call them. Post on their wall. Show them you are grateful.

Other Word of the Year Blog Posts

Kathy R. H. keeps the FAITH going with her commitment to finding a cure | May—Word of the Year

Through it all, especially in the Medical Tent, Hal G. shows PERSEVERANCE | April —Word of the Year

Tracie G. is ready to INSPIRE everyone around her in 2021 | March—Word of the Year

Carolyn P.’s Heart is Filled with GENEROSITY in 2021 | February—Word of the Year

Riley W. Chooses To Walk Into 2021 Being GRATEFUL | January—Word of the Year

Kathy R. H. keeps the faith going with her commitment to finding a cure | Word of the Year

For our next “Word of the Year” blog post, meet Kathy R. H. and hear why she chose faith as her word.

Tell me about your 3-Day experience.

I started walking in the 3-Day in 2004. I walked all 16 walks in the Twin Cities. In 2017, my team helped me celebrate my 20-year Cancerversary by walking the San Diego 3-Day. I continued walking in San Diego in 2018 and 2019 as well. In total, I am proud to have walked in 19 3-Day walks.

What is your 2021 word of the year

FAITH

Why is that your word of the year?

Since my cancer journey began in 1997, I have consistently been focused on Keeping the FAITH! Faith represents a commitment to positivity, gratitude, strength, and determination. While not one of us can predict what tomorrow brings, I believe that having FAITH is key to facing each day.

Why do you participate in the 3-Day? 

I participate in the 3-Day as a 23-year 2x breast cancer survivor for me, for my kids, and for my family. I participate in memory of those we have lost, in support of those who are fighting and for those who are survivors. I participate and will continue to participate as long as I am able with FAITH and HOPE that one day we won’t need to walk because we will find a CURE.

What does the 3-Day family mean to you? 

The 3-Day family, my 3-Day family, means the world to me. Each and every walker, crew member, volunteer, and staff member inspires me to be a better person. Our family not only supports each other at walk time but helps celebrate successes and provides prayers and support during challenging times. We may not all be related by blood, but we are the true definition of family!

How does your word of the year connect to the 3-Day? 

The commitment we see from our 3-Day family and our supporters proves to me that we all have FAITH that one day we will find a cure. Our FAITH in what we are doing gives us the strength to keep the fight going. We see the impact we are having, and we all have committed to never giving up!

If you could share a message with the Pink Bubble, what would it be? 

A heartfelt thank you from me to you! I see you, I hear you, I fight with you, and I CARE! Your dedication to the cause is inspiring. While life looks different right now and we have yet again been told the 3-Day events have been impacted by the pandemic, I believe our Pink Bubble is stronger than ever. We continue to show up, even from afar, to help fight this horrible disease. We come together and walk 60 miles, event after event, because we know our fundraising is making a difference. Many of us will hopefully be together in San Diego in November, but no matter what happens, please have FAITH in our cause and continue the fight.  I am filled with gratitude for each of you!

3-Day family, your faith and commitment to finding a cure constantly inspires us. What is helping you keep the faith this year?

Other Word of the Year Blog Posts

Through it all, especially in the Medical Tent, Hal G. shows PERSEVERANCE | April —Word of the Year

Tracie G. is ready to INSPIRE everyone around her in 2021 | March—Word of the Year

Carolyn P.’s Heart is Filled with Generosity in 2021 | February—Word of the Year

Riley W. Chooses To Walk Into 2021 Being GRATEFUL | January—Word of the Year