The 2013 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day began on a beautiful morning with clear skies and an excited crowd of more than 1,200 walkers. The Opening Ceremony at Collin Creek Mall in Plano began with community stretching and Zumba. Dr. Sheri welcomed everyone and introduced the breast cancer survivors to the cheering crowd. We then started our 20.6-mile day walking through the neighborhoods of Plano, Richardson, Dallas and Farmers Branch. The Richardson Fire Department was out at two separate locations cheering us on, and we were delighted by the students of Aldridge Elementary after pit stop 2. A large contingent of Bank of America employees cheered at pit stop 3, which was sponsored by the local Susan G. Komen® affiliate employees. We returned to camp to enjoy dinner and a camp show including a speech from survivor Delese Hill-Range.
Day 2 opened with excellent weather and the 19.8-mile route led us through Carrollton, where pit stop 2 was populated by New Balance-sponsored cheerleaders from Bishop Lynch Friars. The North Texas Affiliate hosted a great cheering station with hopscotch. We continued through Addison before making our way back to camp at Brookhaven College. A camp show that evening included games from Bank of America and a New Balance giveaway. We gathered to listen to the sweet speeches of co-survivor Burt Lipshie and young survivor Cara Welsh. We slept soundly in our pink tents in the chilly autumn air.
After a short bus ride, the 16.8-mile route on Day 3 started at Ursuline Academy in Dallas. We passed through Preston Hall, Goar Park and Cole Park. In downtown Dallas, we enjoyed the architecture and took lots of photos at the B-I-G sign at pit stop 3. We made our way to Centennial Hall where the cheers of family and friends brought many tears. An emotional Closing Ceremony outside in great weather at Centennial Hall reminded us of the loved ones we have lost, while the Survivors' Circle reminded us of those we still have. Dr. Salerno, the new CEO of Susan G. Komen, congratulated all participants, and we danced to "We Are Family" as the Dallas 3-Day wrapped up until next year.
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