2019 marks my 12th year taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60-mile walks.
When I started participating in 2008, I didn’t really expect to be here 11 years later still fundraising. I don’t know what I did expect — did I expect a cure would be swift in coming? Answer: probably not. I’m a realist.
Did I expect that by 2018 I’d have walked a thousand miles (not even counting training walks) during Susan G Komen 3-Day events? Um, no. I think that’s a number I never dreamed I’d reach. (I walked my thousandth mile last fall in San Diego, for what it’s worth.)
Most importantly, did I expect we’d have made great strides in detection and treatment? I don’t know, but we have. Mortality from breast cancer is down and the odds get better each year.
I wish I could look forward over the next decade and know what the future holds… but obviously, I can’t. (If I could, I’d probably go bet a lot of money on the outcome of sporting events and/or buy a lot of lottery tickets, and then I wouldn’t need to fundraise because I could just donate my billions around like a house on fire and have done with it.)
Given that none of us have actual crystal balls with which to predict the future, all we can do is create the best environment possible for the search for a cure. It’s similar to how we till and fertilize and mulch our gardens in the spring hoping for a bumper crop of vegetables come summer and fall. I hope that money raised now will lead to research over coming years which will lead, in time, to the breakthroughs that will transform stage IV metastatic breast cancer from a likely death sentence to a treatable condition.
This year I’m going to take part in the 2019 Twin Cities Susan G Komen 3-Day as a walker (it’s in August) and then I’m going to crew the revived (back after several years off the schedule) New England 3-Day in September. As usual, I have a $2,300 fundraising goal to meet in order to walk.
I would be very grateful for your support. Thank you for all you’ve done to help make the world a better place, and thank you in advance for any fundraising support you can lend.