Cancer is a nasty bully. Bullies cannot be tolerated.
I saw cancer steal my mother and make me an orphan when I was barely old enough to fend for myself in the world. I have seen cancer decimate individuals and devastate families. I have had cancer invade my body and change my life.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2006, I was introduced to the 3-Day. In 2007, I began walking in the 3-Day. The 3-Day is much more than simply a walk; for me the 3-Day is a state of mind and my purpose in life.
The 3-Day has had as much a part in saving me as any part of the medical community did. The love, kindness, caring, and respect that the 3-Day embodies has become a way of life. For more than ten years, not a day has gone by when I have not thought about the 3-Day and the fight against all cancers. It is what I do and who I am. I am determined to maintain a steady path on the road to a cure for as long as I can and as long as I must.
In the twelve years since my breast cancer diagnosis, I have participated in 22 3-Day events in 7 different cities, 15 as a walker and 7 as a volunteer crew member. In 2018 I plan to be participating in two more, hopefully both as a walker: For the 13th straight year I will be a part of "Girls Gone Walking" at the Philadelphia 3-Day; and since Michigan has become my second 3-Day home, I will be traveling there for the 6th time, my third year on the "BC Babes" team. The 3-Day event is fueled by your dollars and by the commitment of a dedicated group of individuals united in a common cause. For me, the 3-Day provides an extraordinary bubble of love and kindness – and never fails to recharge my cancer-fighting superpowers.
This is my promise:
I will never give up this fight.
Won’t you join me as a participant or supporter?
Say it with me:
WE. WILL. NEVER. GIVE. UP.
I walk because I must.
I walk because I cannot walk away.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. 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. In 2016, Komen announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality.