The 2013 Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day kicked off in great weather on October 18 at Stone Mountain Park. More than 1,000 walkers and 300 crew members joined together for an inspirational Opening Ceremony that honored breast cancer survivors and pumped up the walkers with Zumba and stretching. The 21.6-mile route circled Stone Mountain and then headed out into the neighborhoods of Clarkston, Avondale Estates and Decatur before entering Atlanta. We were cheered on by a strong group of Bank of America employees at pit stop 3, by an adorable group of preschoolers near the Clarkston First Baptist Church, and a well-attended cheering station in Decatur. We headed into camp at the Georgia World Congress Center and enjoyed dinner, a recap of the day, games from presenting sponsor Bank of America, and a speech by survivor Shelley Middleton. We then retired to the indoor comfort of our pink tents to rest up for Day 2.
Our second day started in cool weather for the 19.3-mile course which wound its way through the streets of northeast Atlanta. Spotty rain could not dampen our spirits as we enjoyed the many private cheering stations that passed out beverages and treats. We moved through beautiful Buckhead and enjoyed the Youth Corps’ entertainment at lunch. The Atlanta Police Department was out in full force and showed their pink pride by dressing in pink. The Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate hosted a fantastic cheering station on the route. We dined with family and friends to the sweet sounds of the Shades of Pink Choir, a group of 18 breast cancer survivors. A camp show included speeches by Melissa Traylor, a young survivor, and Joe Moore, a co-survivor. Two young walkers gave a surprise duet performance of "I'm Gonna Love You Though It" by Martina McBride, which brought the house down. The Youth Corps gave an especially touching tribute to those they loved, before we turned in for the evening.
Day 3 was a 15.3-mile route through Atlanta. We enjoyed the sunny but cooler weather and a great sunrise as we moved through Piedmont Park and Freedom Park. The Woodward Eagles cheerleaders entertained us at a private station near Emory University. We finished the route at Turner Field to the cheers of family and friends and celebrated the fight against breast cancer through a program of remembrance of lost loved ones and an appreciation of the survivors. The Survivors Circle gathered to raise the flag, "We Will Never Give Up!" Together, we raised a total of $2.9 million.
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