Susan G. Komen 3-Day
2014 marks the seventh year that I have taken part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Between 2008 and 2013, I walked in 12 3-Day walks and crewed 8 more.
In that time, I have:
- raised $30,570.70 for the fight against breast cancer -- all thanks to wonderful folks like you.
- walked 675 miles (one 3-Day was abbreviated due to torrential rains and cold).
- slept 38 nights in pink pup tents.
- taken one (1) ride on a sweep van (really, really bad shin splints in Atlanta in 2011).
Why I have I gone to this much effort? After all, no one in my immediate family has ever had breast cancer. Why this cause, as opposed to, say, mental health issues or cardiac health?
Well, note that I said immediate family.
But in a larger sense, cancer in general, and breast cancer specifically, has taken an immense toll among my friends and co-workers and my extended network of loved ones. In the last year I've lost multiple friends to breast cancer -- friends who battled for years, but who in the end lost their fights. In the last week (as I write this, in February of 2014), yet another friend of mine was diagnosed. In the weeks and months to come, the odds are excellent that more will be diagnosed.
In the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer... and even today, after decades of advances in the fight, far too many of those women will die from it. With that being true, how on Earth could I remain on the sidelines?
Money raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day goes to pay for clinical trials, treatment, education, detection, and research. Virtually every major advance in the war on breast cancer in the last 25 years has been funded by Komen grants.
In 2014, I will be walking in the Twin Cities and Seattle 3-Day walks in August and September, and I'll be crewing the Philadelphia and Atlanta 3-Days in September and October. In order to take part in these events, I have to raise a minimum of $4,600, but of course, I'd like to raise much more.
Will you help me and help in the fight on breast cancer by sponsoring me in this year's 3-Day walks?