Welcome to my 3-Day for the Cure blog where I discuss my experience training, fundraising and walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I'll be walking in my third 3-Day, this year in San Diego with my teammate Julie, who I met back in 2009 on the walk. I love sharing stories, challenges, frustrations and successes here and really enjoy hearing back from all of you.

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Mother's Day, please support me in the fight against breast cancer.

Dear Friends and Family,

This year on Mother’s Day I am making a donation to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in honor and celebration of my mother and grandmother. As many of you know, I am walking in my third 3-Day this November. I participate in this amazing event each year because I know that together, we are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Which is why I am again, asking for your help and support.

It has been eight years ago this May since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, much like her mother thirty years before. Although her treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation challenged her body like nothing she had experienced before, her spirit to survive shined brilliantly. It is women like my mother, and the other millions of breast cancer survivors across the world, that inspire me to do everything in my power to help fight this disease.

As a part of my dedication to this cause, I was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Valley Affiliate, an honor which allows me to work alongside some amazing volunteers and survivors, all dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. These men and women, who volunteer and work for Komen, inspire me to continue dedicating myself to the Komen mission.

Since its inception in 2003, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure has raised nearly $600 million to fund breast cancer research and vital community breast health programs across the United States. Each year, as a walker I commit to raising a minimum of $2,300 and walking 60 miles over the course of three days. Despite the challenges of fundraising, the blistered feet, and legs that feel as though they cannot possibly take another step, I cannot imagine a year without this event in my life until we find a cure. I do all of this because I know first hand the incredible impact supporters like you have made over the years in breast cancer research and treatment. 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. With the advances in science and medicine many of these women, like my mother, have access to state of the art healthcare, and receive personalized treatment options to save their lives.

Please support me with a donation to the Komen 3-Day for the Cure in honor of the mothers and women in your life who inspire you.

Thank you for supporting a cause that is so important to me and my family. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Take a walk with me to help eradicate breast cancer.



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - This is what the final mile looks like!

I'm not really sure I could hunch over any more! Whatever it takes to make it the full 60! What's your favorite end of the 3-Day photo?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - A 3-Day Rainbow

After a very rain soaked Day 2 in 2010, a rainbow formed near camp, inspiring us on our last mile of the day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Training Tuesday - When in doubt, just charge up that hill, 3-Day style

This weekend we did another big hike up at Yosemite. With the warmer weather much of the snow had melted in the lower elevations so we were able to cover ground fairly quickly - perhaps too quickly. Charging up the hill, with that "get it done" 3-Day mentality that you have by your third day of walking, quickly proved too fast a pace for an elevation gain of 1,000+ feet! Regardless, after a quick break for a photo of me sporting my Susan G. Komen gear, we learned to pace ourselves and made it to the snow covered portion of our trail. Finally got to use our shoe spike things (what are these called? I'm told they are not the same thing as cramp-ons.) And we got to follow fellow hikers straight up a snowy mountain when the trail was no longer visible. Quite the adventure! And a great training day for the 3-Day and for our goal of hiking Half Dome later this year.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - 3-Day Cocktails? Don't mind if I do!

One of the greatest things about the 3-Day in San Diego are the wonderful supporters. And, after a day of walking in the pouring rain in soaking wet shoes, I think we all enjoyed a little pre-pit stop wine, handed out by individuals along the route. It was the perfect birthday toast to celebrate my 29th!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Training Tuesday - Snow Hikes make 3-Day hills seem easy

We recently took our second trip up to Yosemite for the day and decided to do some hiking in the snow. I'm sure this comes as no surprise, but hiking in the snow can be quite the workout! Our hiking boots didn't offer enough traction on the icy hills so we often found ourselves sliding downhill while trying to climb up. A couple more trips like this and I know I'll have absolutely no trouble with any of the hills that the 3-Day throws at us this year. :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Supporters come in all sizes

Jackson sporting a fashionable Susan G. Komen bandana in support of the 3-Day.

P.S. After a couple wordless weeks full of moving to a new city, I am finally back to blogging!