Nearly all walkers have been touched by a breast cancer diagnosis—a mom, a dad, a best friend, a wife or themselves—and in an instant their lives were changed. Breast cancer puts you on a new, scary path, but the 3-Day turns that journey into a force for good. As a 3-Day walker, you’ll be changing lives, both your own and those you’ll touch with the funds you raise.
Meet the participants of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day: Listen to their stories here.
Every Step is a Story.
Right before I began chemo, my sisters and girlfriends decided to do the 3-Day in my honor. Not wanting to be left out, I decided to walk with them as well, even though the 3-Day was only one month after chemo. What I originally thought would be a nice distraction from my own situation turned into a calling to help others until we have a cure. It was the best thing I could have done. I was surrounded by so much love and support. I met so many amazing women and men who have gone through the horrors of breast cancer and made it out on the other side. - Janet D.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
When my daughter was diagnosed, I decided to walk to honor her, and she was there every step of the way, at every pit stop. She was with me at the Opening and Closing Ceremony and every evening she welcomed me back to camp. Jennifer passed away very peacefully in her sleep in October 2015, but she never lost the battle. She beat cancer because it never dominated her life. I knew at this point that I would walk again - because I couldn’t walk away. I believe there is a future where others won't have to face the devastating loss of a loved one to this terrible disease. I believe we can make it happen. - Joyce L.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
Thank goodness my friend Claudia asked me to walk with her, because the 3-Day has changed my life in so many wonderful ways! I've learned to believe in my ability to fundraise; I've found physical strength I didn't know I had; I've made countless friendships; and I've watched how Komen's research and outreach have saved or extended the lives of men and women fighting breast cancer. Claudia passed away in 2009, but it is my honor to continue to walk and fundraise in her memory. - Erin H.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
We walk in memory of our mother, Laurie Cummings. She fought breast cancer for 12 years, and while the cancer eventually seized her body, it never invaded our mother’s heart. For 10 of those years, Laurie participated in the 3-Day walking alongside her neighbors, friends, and her daughters. Our mother’s mission here on earth was to find a cure for cancer. So, we will continue to follow her footsteps. - Anna and Carley C.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
My dear friend and sorority sister Jamie passed away from breast cancer in 2011, at the young age of 35, leaving behind so many who love and miss her so dearly. Since 2010, Team Jamie has raised over $153,000. The 3-Day offers us HOPE for a cancer free future for our own daughters. - Amy M.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
The 3-Day heals me in a way that no medicine could, every time I walk. I walk because for 3 days I can escape the cancer that has followed me for 20 years. For 3 days I am surrounded by people like me. People with similar scars to me, similar nightmares to me. It's a place where I don't feel different. My 60 miles is a time for me to reflect and heal. - Kristine D.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
After both my sister and I were diagnosed, I signed up for my first 3-Day. I’m not an athlete and I’m not a fundraiser, but I was determined. It was one of the biggest accomplishments in my entire life! The next year I was joined by seven family members. It was an experience that created a unique bond among all of us that extends beyond the family bond we already share. When I talk to others about joining me, the first thing I tell them is, “It will change your life - I guarantee it!” - Sherril A.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
All six of my sisters have had breast cancer, every one of them. I felt helpless against this disease. I feared the impact it would have on our children and whether our daughters would also carry this burden. So I laced up my shoes and began walking towards a cure! Each year as I embark on my 3-Day journey, I choose life and positive action, I submerge myself in a community of hope and I build a team of 3-Day walkers who are the promise for the future. - Marianne M.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
Martha, my wife of more than 30 years, lost her battle after having been a 20-year survivor. I walk to remember her beauty, her grace and her incredible fight. I need to make a difference, so that my daughter and son will someday be able to walk in celebration of a battle won. The 3-Day will challenge you, but it can also heal you. - John S.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
My daughter Sasha was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at 23 years old. She never complained, and smiled throughout the whole thing. She was a beautiful soul. I’m trying to be like my daughter now. Sasha didn’t get a miracle, but she could be a miracle for someone else. I walk the 3-Day to carry my daughter’s name for 60 miles, to honor her. I’ll do it over and over again, and keep plugging away at it until breast cancer isn’t a death sentence to some of us. - Lisa L.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
The 3-Day became more than 60 miles to support the cure for breast cancer, I was able to celebrate my mother and share her love with others. Each year I have walked with friends and family. We share memories. We cry. And of course there is a whole lot of laughter. Even though there are aches and pains walking 60 miles, the joy the 3-Day brings always perseveres. - Cassie O.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
During the course of my diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, I’ve felt my cancer go from a lonely personal battle to a community of soldiers in a quiet war, and now to a global problem that as a mother I want to help protect the world from. I’m not a scientist. I’m not a doctor. The cure for breast cancer is not something I can fashion with my hands. So I decided to use my feet. My life is fantastic because someone walked before me and now I want to help those that come behind me. - Diane S.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
My Mom Judi was diagnosed several years ago. I couldn’t take the breast cancer away from her, so when I heard about the 3-Day, I thought, “That’s what I can do!” My Mom’s fight made me feel helpless. The 3-Day gave a way to fight with her. I named my team “Not Another Mom,” because that’s why I walk: so that no other mother has to fight this disease. - Deven F.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
Each member of my team, the Healthy Hooters, walks for a different reason, but breast cancer has brought us together. I joined because my neighbors asked me to, and then just eight days later, my friend Brittany was diagnosed. Sixty miles is nothing compared to the journey that Brittany is going through with breast cancer. You can’t go through life being a spectator. You have to be a participant. - Jackie S.Commit 3 Days. For Her.
My father was diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 2000’s and then both of my sisters were diagnosed. My maternal and paternal grandmothers had faced it when I was younger. It was just too much. I had to do something. My teenage sons have now walked and crewed alongside me. It has brought us closer together as a family. - Kristi S.Commit 3 Days. For Her.