Welcome to Team STEPS!
Our team name STEPS stands for Screening, Treatment, and Education Programs. We strongly believe that the cumulative effort of each of us taking small steps will lead us to a cure for breast cancer. The team was founded in 2009 by Dr. Sheryl Cowan and has grown from 7 members to over 80 members with both walkers and crew members. At the end of the 2017 season, team STEPS had raised over $700,000 and would LOVE to exceed our own expectations and reach the 1 million dollar goal in 2018!
The members of our team each walk for their own reasons. We are comprised of men, women, survivors, co-survivors, and supporters. Our walkers are all ages and have various levels of physical fitness, and each member contributes to the team in his or her own way. We work as a team and will help prepare you for every aspect of the 3-Day event. No previous experience is necessary. You don’t even have to be an athlete...anyone can do this.
The official training kick-off event is May 12 and we use the suggested Komen training schedule. There is a 24 week training schedule which is recommended or an optional accelerated 16 week training schedule. We meet every Saturday during training season on the south side of Starbucks in Lakeside Village on Preston Road just south of Spring Creek Parkway, (4025 Preston Road, Plano TX 75093). Any 3-Day participant is welcome to join our training walks, whether you are on our team or not. It is not required that you attend the weekly training walks, but we promise you will get a lot out of the experience. These weekly walks, as well as other training opportunities at other locations and times, will be posted on the Komen website under training walks, and we ask that you RSVP so we can be prepared to help you.
If you are concerned about fundraising, don’t be. Many of our team members are experienced at raising funds and will help you meet your goals. We also work together on some team fundraising to be sure everyone has enough funds to participate. No one in the history of team STEPS has been unable to walk the 3-Day because they couldn't raise the funds. If you put in the effort, this team will help you succeed.
Meet our team leaders:
Team Captain and Founder Dr. Sheryl Cowan is a family medicine physician with a passion for her patients. She will make sure you are training in a healthy manner and are well-educated about the latest advances in breast cancer. Sheryl has walked in ninteen 3-Day events.
Co-captain Dana Bilbray is a certified trainer and can help you with questions about fitness, gear, nutrition, and training. She is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and is dedicated to helping others She has walked in thirteen 3-Day events.
We also have many repeat walkers who are happy to share their experiences with you!
Be sure to look for us on Facebook: Team Steps 3 Day 60 Mile Walkers at https://www.facebook.com/groups/240474149305770/
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this event and know you will too! Do something that makes a difference. Be more than pink. Your first STEP is to sign up and join a team. We hope you will join Team STEPS!