Next week, I will get up in the dark of night, hopefully with atleast a few hours of sleep, and start the process of “pinking” myself out for the start line of the Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day. This 60 mile walk takes place over three days around the neighborhoods of Seattle and the Eastside, starting
Friday, Sept. 14th at CenturyLink Field. This will be my sixth Komen 3-Day and over the years I have accumulated more pink in my wardrobe than the average person. A section of my closet looks something like a costume store or a changing room for a Drag Show, with pink wigs, tutu’s, glitter, feather boas and sequins all over it. This is how we do it – you can NEVER have too much pink on this event!
With that said, pink is just a color -the real message is our fight against Breast Cancer. If the pink and the crazy outfits draw attention to the main topic, then so be it. Around 1500 walkers and hundreds of crew and volunteers come together each year to make this event possible, raising millions of dollars (just in the Seattle area) to help find a cure for breast cancer and to fund vital research for new drugs and technology to detect breast cancer at the earliest stages. Funds also help support education, community outreach and screening for the uninsured in our area and nationwide. After my initial breast cancer diagnosis just over four years ago at the age of 33, I was fortunate to receive advanced screening and new drugs that had just been approved, due to grants and funding by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I can honestly say that the money raised through events such as the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, have saved my life.
Walking 60 miles may seem a bit extreme, but ask any 3-Day Walker and they would say they wouldn’t have it any other way. These women and men are taking a bold stand against a mortal enemy who has affected too many people and taken far too many of our loved ones and friends. We stand together in our mission, and pray for the day that we have “A WORLD WITHOUT BREAST CANCER”.
If you would like to support the Komen Seattle 3-Day walkers on the route and cheer them on at a cheering station – please check out the 3-Day website at http://www.the3day.org/site/PageServer?pagename=learn_other_spect_se_information for more details.