This post is sponsored by Susan G. Komen®.
Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day walk was. It was 3 days of inspiration, celebration, love, and hope. As a first time walker I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to collaborate with The 3-Day, but I’m so glad I did.
DAY 1: 21 MILES
The 3-Day kicked off with the opening ceremony at Del Mar Fairgrounds. During the ceremony it started to sprinkle and shortly after a double rainbow appeared. It was a very special moment for so many as we listened to some of the walkers stories.
I found my team shortly after arriving and they welcomed me with open arms. I seriously could not have asked for a better group to walk with. They were caring, funny, and I instantly felt like I had known them for years.
We made the 21 mile trek from Del Mar to Crown Point in Pacific Beach, taking each mile step by step. Time flies when your having fun and we made it to the finish shortly after sunset.
DAY 2: 20 MILES
With my legs a little tired and my feet a little sore I started off day 2 feeling energized and still motivated! The support staff and crew were with us everyday cheering us along the way. The only way I got through each day was with my team and all the smiling faces that greeted me with high fives, snacks, and cold beverages.
Later that night after the walk I took some time to go to Remembrance Tent. This tent is dedicated to remembering lost loved ones and walkers who got their wings early. It was very emotional and heart breaking to see how many women and men that have lost their lives to breast cancer.
I took a moment at each picture to pay respect to these amazing human beings. Some older, some my age, some daughters, some mothers, and some husbands. At the end I remembered my mom and her battle with breast cancer and her victory. I sat and wrote a note on the tent they had inside and read other’s notes to their loved ones. Too many gone too soon.
DAY 3: 15.6 MILES
Day 3 was all about pushing through the pain for me. My plantar fasciitis was acting up and I had 2 blisters. Each step hurt but I just kept taking each mile step by step. I kept reminding myself why I was walking and how the blisters, aches, and pains will never come close to what breast cancer victims go through. My amazing new friends kept me motivated and we leaned on each other for strength, support, and encouragement through all 15. 6 miles.
I made it across the finish line arm in arm with my wonderful team mates and a limp! Tears were shed, hugs were given, and we celebrated our 60 mile victory! We had 2,200 walkers, 325 crew members, and we all made a difference by raising 6.5 million dollars!
SO WHY DOES ALL THIS MATTER?
NO.1 THE 3-DAY SAVES LIVES
Over the weekend I passed countless signs and banners with “A Susan G. Komen funded mammogram saved my mom’s life.” or “my life”. Early detection of breast cancer can help save lives and early effective treatment resulted in a 38 percent decline in breast cancer mortality (deaths) in the U.S. between 1989-2014. That’s a huge decrease!
NO 2. THE 3-DAY HELPS FUND RESEARCH TO FIND MORE EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS
Early detection saves lives because of early treatment. Getting effective treatment can make a world of difference in preventing progression of breast cancer. Susan G. Komen funds studies to help find more effective treatments, more early detection tools and screenings. Breast Cancer is not a “one type fits all” kind of disease. It’s unique to each individual and better understanding the causes and how this disease functions, gives researchers a better idea of how to grab the bull by the horns and take it down.
NO. 3 THE 3-DAY GIVES US HOPE
Whether you’ve been affected by breast cancer yourself or know someone who has been affected, we are all in this together. The 3-day community brings us all together and gives us hope that one day we will defeat breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime and in 2017 an expected 40,ooo+ deaths will occur from this horrible disease. Susan G. Komen has a bold goal that by the year 2026 to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50%!! This is hope for the those affected by cancer. This is hope that I will never have to say goodbye to my children before my time, this is hope that grandmothers and grandfathers will get to spend time with their grandchildren, this is hope for all that one day we will defeat breast cancer.
NO. 4 THE 3-DAY EDUCATES
During the walk I was so surprised at how many asked “what are you doing and why are you wearing pink?” Being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor I was always around pink and learned about breast cancer risks and signs. But there so many women who don’t know that they might carry a gene that exposes them to risk or that they need to get a mammogram especially over the age of 40. Education also saves lives.
NO. 5 THE 3-DAY CREATES A COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT
No man or women should go through this journey alone and now having seen first hand the love and support of this community, they don’t. This is the most loving, caring, and supportive community I’ve ever met. All walks of life come together and support each other. We share our stories of loss and victories and we are there for each other through it all. Because together we are More Than Pink!
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These are all reason that the 3-Day is important to me. I spent the weekend listening to stories from women, men, and even children, sharing their losses and why they’re participating in the 3-Day. It was the most inspiring weekend I’ve ever experienced and it gives me hope for the future. I will be joining the fight again next year with my significant other by my side and my new found 3-Day family, the Pink Soles. I hope this inspires you to take your own 3-Day journey in 2018!
We walk because we must. We are strong because the journey demands it. Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for this generation and the next. This is our promise: A WORLD WITHOUT BREAST CANCER.