Why do I keep walking? Why do I keep fundraising? Why do I sacrifice hours upon hours to training? It is for the same reason that Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure exists - to end breast cancer. Komen has funded more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit ($889 million to date, second only to the U.S. government). But like many health organizations, SGK has known from its very first days that reducing death from breast cancer requires a mix of science, education, and direct help to people facing the disease.
Did you know that on any given day, more than 1,000 women receive a free screening mammogram, thanks to Susan G. Komen?
Did you know Susan G. Komen research investments have led to new technologies like Lymphoseek®, a new imaging agent that more accurately identifies cancer-containing lymph nodes?
Did you know that last year, Komen community grants provided financial and social support for more than 50,000 families impacted by breast cancer?
Did you know that Komen has created a Tissue Bank that is the only place where researchers all over the world can access healthy breast tissue needed to study the causes and prevention of breast cancer?
I continue to walk so that advancements may continue to be made. I continue to walk to honor those taken away, many much too soon, much too young. I continue to walk for those that cannot. I continue to walk because I can.
This year will bring me to my 12 year survivorship mark (good Lord willing). I will walk my 29th and 30th 3Day events. While I must raise a minimum of $4,600 to have the privilege to do so, my personal goal is to raise enough to bring my lifetime fundraising total to $75,000. To make this happen, I need your help.
Your tax dedutible donation will not only help with the fight against breast cancer but also provide:
More early detection and effective treatment. Currently, about 66 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the best screening test to find breast cancer early. Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
More hope. In 1980, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was about 74 percent. Today, it’s 99 percent.
More research. The federal government now devotes more than $750 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention, compared to $30 million in 1982.
More survivors. Currently, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
I invite you to please consider supporting me as I take on this incredible challenge. It isn't getting any easier as I age, but I won't complain because I am here. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day® help support Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and outreach programs.
My Personal Web Log
Week 20 to Michigan (140 days)
Hello there! Happy St. Pat's day to you!
How are you today? How was your week? Did you manage the time change without much issue? (yes, it's been less than a week since we've lost that hour!) Here in SE Michigan we've had tropical storm wind gusts (for 12 straight hours) uprooting ginormous trees and bringing down power lines to the extent of some 800,000 people being without power for days. One person in particular for 7 ? days. Ugh!
Next Old Man Winter decided to share one more go of snow and cold. I knew there would be payback for all those glorious 60+ degree February days. Now if this would be the ONLY payback so we have decent weather for the garage sale.........
Despite these weather challenges, I have also been able to hold steady with my training. Not saying it's been easy, but I'm out there doing it. Bundling layers is key to keeping warm. Caution is key to traversing snow covered and icy laden sidewalks. I've done 10 of the 16 miles for the week as of this writing and plan to get those remaining miles in between Saturday and/or Sunday.
Also, the March cardmaking workshop was a fun-filled, successful day. We had a celebratory atmosphere what with it being both my birthday week and my cancerversary week, complete with delicious cheesecake and goodie bags. Let us not overlook the generous donations of the week! I presently hold at 86% to goal, with just under $1,000 to go! Thank you so much!
Now we turn our focus to the garage sale. Items have been slow to come in this year, and this concerns me as I've committed to helping several other walkers with their fundraising goals. If you have unwanted, no longer needed items, please consider donating them to me for this fundraiser. No worries if I'm not home just leave your goodies near the garage door, weather permitting, or on the porch. If you can't drop off, let me know and we should be able to arrange a pickup. Likewise, if you are interested in volunteering a few hours Thursday or Friday, please let me know. It seems to work well to balance people for warming breaks and lunch breaks (yes, I do feed you!) and still have enough eyes/hands on deck to assist shoppers. Thursday/Friday/Saturday, April 27/28/29. For those that have asked, YES, Becky is coming from Wisconsin to help yet again! <3
How is that for a dedicated friend/supporter! <3
I believe this is a wrap to bring you up to date this week.
Until next time, stay warm, stay safe.
by Pala Liske on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 @ 2:42 PM CT
Week 23 to Michigan (152 days!)
It's been awhile since I've taken the time to update and if I've left you hanging, I apologize. Walking in all seven events for the second year left me with lots more reflecting to do. This year I plan to take a step back and walk just two events, Michigan and a TBD tossup between Twin Cities (MN) and Philly. I thoroughly enjoy the TC walk which is so pretty around the lakes. However, Philly is rumored to have some new routes this year since camp will be in a different location. It might be exciting to see what new areas are included. Decisions, decisions .............
In the meantime, the 24 week training guide began February 20th. Here in SE Michigan, we were blessed with unseasonably warm and record setting February temperatures. I'm talking in the upper 60's, definitely the warmest training kickoff since I've been involved with the 3Day! Of course, this week is an entirely different story. Much more typical of winter with below average March temps so far. This should (she says with her fingers crossed!) be changing as we begin the third week of training.
As we close out the second of 24 weeks of training, I've logged 30 miles to date. Go me! LOL It's not too late for you to join me. Somewhere. There is a program available for first time walkers in which you can qualify for free travel and/or possibly two free nights lodging. You'll need a special code so please contact me ASAP if you have ever considered participating in this event. Promotion discount ends April 19, so don't delay.
With the help of returnable cans/bottles, I reached 70% of my goal this weekend! This is an ongoing fundraising activity and I am always willing to take them off your hands. I can pick up or you can drop off, whatever works for you.
Speaking of drop off, please remember the garage sale fundraiser coming up quickly in April. I've caught up on sorting and cleaning donations to date, so let's get more items over here! In addition to myself, the funds raised this year are to also help several other walkers and it would be wonderful to make this the best sale ever!
Lastly, a quick reminder that Monday, March 6th is the RSVP deadline for the March Cardmaking Workshop next week on Monday, March 13th. If you haven't already let me know you will be attending, please do so asap. Thank you to those that have already RSVP'd and donated. I am looking forward to seeing many of my favorite smiling people.
And with that, I wish you a wonderful week.
Hope to 'see' you again soon.
Until next time, take care.
by Pala Liske on Sun, Mar 05, 2017 @ 4:28 PM CT
Next Up: Dallas
Hello! Happy Halloween!
How are you today? Are you ready for the trick-or-treaters? Can you believe it is already Halloween?! And that November is within sight?! Where does the time go?
I find myself packing for the Dallas walk, coming up in less than a week. This will be my sixth walk this year, my 27th overall since taking my first steps "to see if I could do it" in 2009. Yeah, that's a lot of steps! More importantly, however, is that we have done a lot of good. Raising funds for research, for community outreach programs, for education, and saving lives. I cannot stress enough that YOU are the ones making this possible. I just do the footwork.
Case in point while walking Philadelphia last month I found myself walking with Judy, who is a 9 year survivor. Her sister was diagnosed some six years before Judy, and having no insurance, it was Susan G Komen that covered her treatments. Judy also shared with me that it was a grant funded by SGK that developed the technology for the machine used to diagnosis her, giving her options for treatment that her sister did not have. So not only are your dollars being put to good work, but the advances are moving forward at a good pace.
Speaking of the Philly walk, I have to say it was absolutely wonderful! The weather could not have been any more perfect and was greatly appreciated by all especially those who walked in the monsoon last year! There was a change up in the route on Day Two, much to everyone's delight. This is to be the last year for the indoor camp at the Convention Center so it will be interesting to see how, if any, the route changes along with the camp location.
We had the honor of having SGK President Dr. Judy Salerno speak to us during camp show as well as be among those cheering and distributing capes to walkers as we arrived at the Sunday lunch stop. If you care to follow up with some of what she has to say, please visit the 3Day blog.
The weekend before Philly, we were on the Atlanta event. Another perfect weather weekend! What made the Atlanta event more special to me was having my cousin Joe and his new bride Nikki participate as crew members. Some of you may remember that Joe walked for the first (and only) time in 2012. After visiting us last year on Friends & Family night, it all came back to him ........ and he signed up to crew with Tom on the Grab 'n Go team. What a fun and fabulous stop this was every day! While I felt Joe had an inkling of what to expect, I was concerned about Nikki not knowing what she was getting into. Concern that was unneeded! As I approached the Grab on Friday, there she was, all smiles and sharing stickers, greeting everyone as they arrived. Saturday was even better as she donned her pink eyelashes! Having family members to share the event with just makes it that much more meaningful. I hope I will have the opportunity to do it again.
More importantly, between these two events, almost $4 million more has been raised for the mission. Thank you so much for your support.
Now I prepare to walk the streets of Dallas at the end of this week. Thank goodness their weather looks like it is FINALLY going to take a break from the 90 degree heat. It's been a while since I've had to deal with that! (the August Michigan walk to be exact!) Here is what is in store:
Here's a general description of what you will experience along the way below. For more details, check out our full preview of the route the 3-Day blog.
Friday: Approximately 20.1 miles
The Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at Collin Creek Mall in Plano. The route will traverse pretty, shaded neighborhoods in Richardson and Dallas. We will enjoy beautiful city parks and retail areas as well as a scenic walking trail along White Rock Creek before arriving at Brookhaven College, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 19.9 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. The route will take us through beautiful parks within Addison and Dallas. We will walk through residential neighborhoods and be cheered along the way. Our final stretch from pit stop 4 until camp will be the Survivor Stretch, to connect us all back to the reason we do this. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun at our reunion party.
Sunday: Approximately 17.8 miles
The final day of our journey begins with a short bus ride. Then we will enjoy an amazing route, highlighting some unique historical sites in Dallas and the Park Cities. Experience beautiful parks and water features, upscale neighborhoods, and famous Dallas landmarks before our amazing weekend ends with a celebratory Closing Ceremony at Fair Park. Read more on the 3-Day blog.
Then two weeks more and I will complete the 2016 series by walking San Diego. If you would like to send encouragement in the form of camp mail, please be sure it is postmarked by November 8th and sent to:
Send a Letter
Getting mail on event can provide a big boost to a participant's spirits. Take a few minutes to write a note which will brighten up their Komen 3-Day experience! Send letters to our P.O. Box, and we'll bring them to camp for the participant to pick up.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Camp Mail
ATTN: [INSERT NAME OF PARTICIPANT HERE]
P.O. Box 2452
Carlsbad, CA 92018
Of course, donations are ALWAYS welcome but in case you forgot or did not know, I am matching donations that post to my page by the end of October, breast cancer awareness month. Hurry, you still have a day!! Thank you to those who have accepted the challenge, to date totaling $150 in matching funds.
Until next time, take care.
by Pala Liske on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 10:17 AM CT
Up Next: Atlanta ...... and Philadelphia
It's so nice to 'see' you today! Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
It is already October! You know what that means ..... breast cancer awareness month. However, not every product sporting a pink ribbon this month means you must buy it. Every October pink ribbons show up on so many things. Many companies take advantage of our willingness to help a cause. Please check your product does it state how much and to whom they are donating proceeds? If it does not, please re-think your purchase. In addition to Susan G Komen, the Breast Cancer Foundation and Army of Women are foundations on which you can rely. Bottom line be cautious.
On the same awareness topic, have you had your annual mammogram yet this year? If not, please schedule your appointment right now. Go ahead ......... I'll wait for you!
While you are at it, please perform your monthly self-exam too. (unless you are reading this at work or in public. You get a slide until you get home!)
Seriously, folks - ladies AND gentlemen - you are worth five minutes a month for a self check. Do it for me. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for YOURSELF. It is the reason I am still here to bug you about it.
The Seattle event is in the memory bank. As usual, I met remarkable people. Strong people. One such gentleman, Mark, whose wife was to be on event with him. However, she earned her pink wings just 11 days prior to the event. Nevertheless, he kept the promise and (somehow) walked in her memory.
Now we move forward to the Atlanta and Philadelphia events. Tom and I, as have Joe and Nikki, joined the Pink Angels Street Walkers team in Atlanta. This is the team that Joe was with when he walked in 2012. This team welcomed Tom and I into their fold again last year so it was only appropriate to officially become team members. (Finally, huh Char?!) A caring, kindhearted group of women and men who go above and beyond. I am grateful to be among them.
Immediately following the Atlanta walk is the Philly walk. Yep, back-to-back weekends. Here's hoping for no physical issues in Atlanta as there isn't much recovery time!
by Pala Liske on Sun, Oct 02, 2016 @ 10:24 AM CT
Walk #3 - Seattle
Thank you for stopping by. It is always nice to 'see' you!
With the Seattle walk just nine days off, I hope I am prepared. It's been three weekends since the Twin Cities walk and I've tried to stay conditioned by walking the trails at Heritage Park. I've heard with the route changes this year, there aren't quite as many hills to tackle. Based on my experience last year, I'd ask "what did they do with them?" I remember the hill-i-ness being constant. I shall know in less than two weeks!
Speaking of the route, here is what's in store:
Friday: Approximately 20.5 miles
The Seattle 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle. The morning route will venture through portions of downtown Seattle before taking the I-90 trail to beautiful Mercer Island across Lake Washington. Following lunch in Bellevue, enjoy a tour along the Microsoft Campus Headquarters while making your way through the quaint neighborhoods of Bellevue, Redmond and along Lake Sammamish to camp at Marymoor Park, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 19.6 miles
Saturday's route begins with a nice flat stroll along the Sammamish River Trail. Wind through downtown Redmond and surrounding neighborhoods as you make your way into the community of Kirkland. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods on the way to lunch at Juanita Bay. Following lunch you'll enjoy a beautiful walk through downtown Kirkland along the shores of Lake Washington. Winding your way back into Redmond you'll complete the day with a beautiful forested walk. Our final stretch from pit stop 4 until camp will be the Survivor Stretch, to connect us all back to the reason we do this. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun at our reunion party.
Sunday: Approximately 14.7 miles
The final day of our journey will start with a quick bus ride back into the city of Seattle across Lake Washington. Begin the day's journey at Husky Stadium while walking along the Burke Gilman Trail. Enjoy views of Lake Union as you continue around the north side of the lake. Walk through Gas Works Park, the historic Fremont neighborhood and over the Fremont Bridge. Enjoy panoramic views of the city as you wind around the west side of Lake Union. Following lunch enjoy a picturesque route through the northern part of downtown while enjoying incredible views of the city from the Elliot Bay Trail. End the day at the Seattle Center and Memorial Stadium to celebrate under the iconic Space Needle. Read our full preview of the entire route on the 3-Day blog.
I'm thinking that floating bridge is still in the picture! As long as I don't stop moving and stay on the inboard side, I will be fine. (repeat as necessary!!) As of today, the weather is looking picture perfect for walking, highs around 70, lows in the mid-50s.
I am ever so grateful to everyone who has contributed to make this year's fundraising super successful. Never in my wildest dreams did I think (or even consider) undertaking two consecutive years of such an outstanding goal. The words "Thank You" are simply too inadequate to cover what you have helped accomplish. Yet that is all I can say .......... Thank You.
Until next time, take care.
by Pala Liske on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 1:58 PM CT