August 15-17, 2014
The 2014 Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The week leading up to it had been full of rain, but the clouds parted for us and we enjoyed a spectacular morning filled with color and life, including nine hundred walkers and more than three hundred crew members. Friday's route took us on a 22-mile loop, with beautiful strolls through the neighborhoods of Novi, Farmington and Farmington Hills. We were treated to amazing themed pit stops and grab & gos, and even a Las Vegas-themed lunch stop. Back at camp, our home away from home for the weekend, we were deeply moved by 32 year-old Meghan Malley, the Komen Detroit Co-Chair for Young Survivor and Metastatic Breast Cancer Initiatives, who spoke about Komen’s commitment to expanding research into the cures for all breast cancers, including late-stage.
On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, ready to hit the trail again for another great day of walking. We conquered another 22-mile loop out and back from camp, but with new and different highlights than Friday. Supporters came out in droves to the cheering stations in downtown Northville and Plymouth, where the famous “pink fountain” provided an unforgettable backdrop for photos and reunions with supporters. There were beautiful spans of route going through the nature areas along Hines Drive, and we were given some of the most enthusiastic welcomes we’ve ever seen, courtesy of three local football teams who came out to cheer us into camp.
Our final day of walking began with a short bus ride to the route, after which we were greeted by nearly 300 youth cheerleaders from local teams and leagues, who formed a pink pom-pom-lined human tunnel stretching the length of a football field. Further up the route, friends and family set up dozens of private cheering stations all along the lovely Hines Drive walkway (thankfully no longer under water!) on our way to Ford World Headquarters for a celebratory Closing Ceremony. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.
The more than $2.4 million we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives.
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