Welcome to Alyssa Smith's TWIN CITIES page!
My San Diego page can be found here: www.the3day.org/goto/butterfly
So, here we are: YEAR 12! Time really flies.
Twelve years ago, I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. My mom had finished her treatments, and I set out to pay it forward and to give back for all those that worked before me to fund research and education. I set out to be a part of something much bigger than myself. As I started training and fundraising, I didn't know that this would become such a huge part of my life--that it would become a part of who I am. By the end of the first day on event, though, I knew. I could barely make it to the dining tent, but I knew.
Along the way, I have met so many incredible people and have heard their stories. They fuel me to keep going. Stories of sadness, of loss, of hope, and of strength. I have made instant (and, I suspect, life-long) friends. I have purchased enough shoes to outfit a track team and have built up a special sock collection. I've iced my feet and shins, blistered my legs from the sidewalk heat, and endured all kinds of weather. During this journey, I've formed meaningful friendships with amazing supporters from my communities through my fundraising recitals. And I've lost some of those friends to cancer. I've seen friends battle cancer. I've listened to my friends' stories of their loved ones. I have literally held up fellow walkers as they cried on my shoulder. But, on the walks, I also get to see how the work we do makes a difference for real people. It's an incredible, bittersweet journey. Thank you so much for being a part of it.
Any effort or discomfort I experience is nothing compared to what survivors and those living with metastatic cancer experience. Treatments are often brutal and the emotional toll is heavy. We have made such great strides, but we still need better treatments and we still need to find a cure.
That first year, as I feared I would not make the minimum $2,200 amount, I would not have been able to fathom that I would one day be able to say I hit the $65,000 mark. It's still pretty unbelievable, to be honest.
I am setting my total goal for both of my 2018 walks at $9,959. A bit of a strange number, yes. This is the amount it will take to hit $75,000, which I feel will be incredible and humbling. I hope you can help me get there!
Today, more than 3.5 million women and men are surviving breast cancer—we (you) are helping to harness this power of community and science to save lives.
For more information about my recitals in Flint and the Twin Cities, or for stories from past walks, please visit www.smithmarimba.com/the_3-day
If you include names of people you are donating in honor or memory of, I will carry the names throughout the events.
Thank you for your support. I am so honored to walk on your behalf.