In February 2014, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at 51 years old. She endured a single mastectomy and a long road of intense chemotherapy and radiation treatments. By January 1, 2015, her treatment was complete, and she had her final reconstructive surgery in December of 2015. The road to recovery has been a little bumpy this past year, but life is slowly but surely getting back to "normal" for my mom and my family.
As someone who thrives on having a goal to work toward, I decided to honor my mom's fight in 2015 by doing something bigger than anything I'd ever done before: walking 60 miles in 3 days. I did it for my mom's fight, my cousin's fight, my great grandmother's memory, and my sister's and my future.
After my first 3-day, I was hooked. I drank the KoolAid early, as they say, and registered for 2016 before ever hitting the pavement for the 2015 DFW3Day. Registering for 2017 was a no brainer! I'm so excited to be a 3peat walker this year!
A few blisters, shin splints, tears, and aches and pains are nothing compared to what those facing breast cancer deal with day in and day out. We must keep walking and fighting until every breast cancer diagnosis is met with a cure. I'm ready for another emotional, empowering, exhausting, amazing, challenging, life-changing experience. I'll be walking with the amazing people of Team STEPS (screening, treatment, and education programs) for the third year in a row. I am so thankful for the support, encouragement, laughs, cries, "walk it off"s, and "suck it up"s from my teammates. I can't (and wouldn't want to) tackle the DWF3Day without them! See y'all on the road!
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge. 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.