November 18, 2014

The 3 - Day

   The second week of November I participated in the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk for the cure in DFW. This was my 4th consecutive year to walk and my teams 6th year! Unfortunately breast cancer, and cancer in general, has touched just about everyones life. One case of breast cancer is diagnosed among women EVERY TWO MINUTES in the U.S. We walk for granny who has passed, Patti and Kathy and so many others who have survived, the families, and for the future. 

Cancer is evil and I hope that I do not have to walk in this walk again. However, I love walking in it and the feelings, memories, and experiences you take away are indescribable. For those that don't know, the 3 day walk is exactly what it sounds like. Thousands of men and women, mostly women, walk 20 miles a day for 3 consecutive days. This event takes place all over the nation. 

This year DFW 3 day had just over 1,000 walkers which is lower than normal numbers, but we were still able to raise 3.1 million dollars! Those dollars will go towards community outreach programs, health programs, research, and other things. I trust that this money is being used correctly and fully support and love the Susan G. Komen foundation.

 The 3 day is made up of Susan G. Komen staff and hundreds of crew members. These crew members make our walk possible and they work hard with smiles on their faces throughout the weekend. At the 3-day you have the opportunity to stay at camp... I mean camping in a sea of pink tents is something you will get to do everyday. Camping is fun and I have enjoyed it every year....even in the cold! 

Day 1: we arrived bright and early for opening ceremonies. 
Our team is made up of Cheryl (my mother in law), Ally (sister in law), Nicole (aunt in law), Randi (Sister in law), Patti (survivor and friend!), and this year we were joined by two rookies, Kaylee and Kristy. We hope Nancy will be back next year.

Without the support of our families I am not sure we would make it through that 60 miles! Seeing their faces (supplied with candy and gatorade) is needed and perfect. 

Hayes/Helzer Fam

Mav/O Family

We got to eat lunch with the fam on Day 3. 

At closing everyone raises there shoe... pretty cool to see so many supporters!

Those are some smiling faces to be walking into closing! 60 miles are we are DONE!

We walk all over Dallas and surrounding cities and the community support is always great.

Day 1 finish line! Tatum joined us for our picture.

Day 2... it was cold and an early morning, but we all made it through!

Team Sporting Pink and a thousand other people waiting in line to get to closing ceremonies.

My husband, whom is my biggest supporter, had to leave early for a wedding function the first night so after setting up my tent he left me some goodies! He's a good one that guy!

Mile 59!

The 3 day 2014 was a success and team Sporting Pink raised $18,400! We will be back next year and are so grateful for all of those that supported us through this journey. If you want to read more about the 3 day go to their website. 

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I haven't heard of this before, but it's really awesome. You, other participants,and those with cancer are such warriors! It's amazing that you walked in their honor! Sad that diagnosis happens every 2 mins :(