November 7-9, 2014
The 2014 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Collin Creek Mall in Plano. Before long, we were at the superhero-themed pit stop 1 at Aldridge Elementary School, and then we were treated to back-to-back cheering stations in Richardson. Pit stop 2 was a “Mardi Bras” celebration at Cottonwood Park, and then onto lunch at Valley View Park. The North Texas Susan G. Komen Affiliate added some sidewalk-chalk motivation to a local intersection. With Susan G. Komen®’s headquarters based right here in Dallas, pit stop 3 was the “Komen Korral,” complete with hay bales, a hydration “saloon” and over 40 volunteers from Komen and Bank of America supplying an endless stream of cheers (there was plenty of cowbell, to be sure). It was “fourth and goal” at the football-themed pit stop 4, out last stop before camp at Brookhaven College, our home away from home for the weekend.
On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, ready to hit the trail again for another great day of walking. We left camp on Day 2 rallied by the spirited chants of some area cheer squads, then continued through Brookhaven Country Club, with loads of local support, including a 28-year survivor greeting everyone outside her house. A local drill team danced us into pit stop 1 before the route continued through quaint downtown Carrollton, where we enjoyed the first cheering station of the day. Also in Carrollton, the pleasantly pink Vintage House had treats out front; it was a nice full-circle tribute from a local business that also hosted several pre-event meet-ups throughout the year.
Continuing through the neighborhoods of Carrollton, including the scenic “purple trail” through Carrollton Park, we approached lunch at Country Place Elementary School. Some gloomy clouds and wind looked a little bit ominous at midday, but they quickly blew through. We crossed over the blue bridge, “cowboy/cowgirl’d up” with pink foam cowboy hats handed out at pit stop 3, and were greeted with plenty of late-day motivation at pit stop 4. Back at camp, it was friends and family night, so we gathered together with our guests for the camp show entertainment. And of course, Day 2 would not be complete without the famous 3-Day Saturday night dance party, and the party we saw in Dallas/Fort Worth was one of the biggest we’ve had all season.
The Sunday morning briskness put some color in our cheeks as we began Day 3 with a short bus ride to the picturesque Ursuline Academy, where we started the day’s 15-mile route. With beautiful parks and neighborhoods around every corner, we powered through to lunch at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. At this green, shaded urban gem of a location, a line of food trucks offered delicious dining options. After lunch, it was a breezy 4 miles, continuing on past the dramatic bronze cattle drive statues near City Hall.
After triumphantly crossing under the arch into the Participant Finish Area, we enjoyed music and relaxation, and many witnessed a romantic finish-line marriage proposal just before the last walker made it in. The Closing Ceremony was bursting with energy and passion from Dr. Sheri and the crowd, with hundreds of loved ones looking on. Susan G. Komen president and CEO, Dr. Judith Salerno spoke, personally thanking the Dallas/Fort Worth walkers and crew for their remarkable commitment to fighting for the cures to breast cancer. As we raised the final flag in tribute to our promise to never give up, that incredible feeling of hope could be felt, as big as the Texas sky.
The more than $3.1 million we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives.
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