12 Days ’til Christmas – The Susan G. Komen 3-Day
Today’s giveaway is sponsored by: Me
There’s so much I could say about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day that I’m not sure I can contain it all in this blog post. I’m going to do my best to share with you why I walked, what an amazing experience it is, and why I’ll probably do it again. This will be a long one, but bear with me.
First, for those of you who don’t know, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 3 day, 60 mile walk, held in major cities across the nation, for the sole purpose of raising funds for breast cancer research. Hundreds and even thousands of people come together for one common goal. That in and of itself is remarkable, but more on that later. (Check out the video at the end of this blog)
So where does the 3-day come into play for me? Almost two years ago, breast cancer robbed me of one of my best friends; my Aunt Peggy. She was vivacious, kind, and had a laughter that was infectious. Visiting her as a child fueled my love of crafts and books. Her and my Uncle Vernon’s basement looked like a library and it had a craft room. From then on, I dreamed of having both in my own home. Now I do. We were kindred spirits. There’s just no better way to put it.
Just over a year after this was taken, I hugged my aunt Peggy for the last time, knowing it was the last time. No one should ever have to do that. She was such a fighter. I never once heard her complain about the strain her cancer put on her mind, body, and spirit. She was on experimental treatments for years, but still she smiled. She lost mobility of her left arm, but still she worked to give to others. She constantly amazed me. She was truly one of a kind. I only hope I told her that enough when she was here. Despite missing her terribly, I find wonderful peace in knowing she no longer hurts. She is whole and basks in the glory of our King. She might even be leading the choir.
For 3 years I wrestled with the want to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, and I desperately wish I would have walked when Peggy was alive. She would have been my biggest cheerleader. She always was. I watched a dear friend, Emily, continually participate and was in awe of her persistence and dedication. She lost her best friend Tamarra just 3 days after completing her 1st 3-Day (and Tamarra’s 3rd). She was committed to raising $2300 each and every year, just so she could walk. She wasn’t afraid to ask her friends again and again to help her get there. She took time out of her hectic schedule to spend 3 days walking toward a cure. I envied her. Cancer stole something precious to her, but she wasn’t just sitting on the sidelines. She was fighting back, and I wanted to fight back too.
This year, Emily completed her 7th 3-Day, and I am proud to say that I was finally right there with her. I wasn’t too busy. I wasn’t scared to commit to raise money or bother my friends repeatedly when I was struggling to raise money for my non-profit, as well. I set out to walk 60 miles in honor of a lady I will never allow the world to forget. And I learned more about myself in the process than I would have imagined.
If anyone tells you the 3-Day is easy, they’re lying. My body ached at the end of day 1 like I anticipated it aching at the end of day 3. 60 miles. That’s a really long way. There comes a time when your physical endurance is maxed out, and the only thing keeping you going is your thought process. Let me tell you, that can inspire or defeat you. On day 3, I was almost halfway in when I thought “I don’t know if I can finish”. I charged ahead of my group, laser focused on each step, and I talked my self through each pound of the pavement. Another mile and I didn’t know if I could do this the rest of the day. I needed to quit. I was wrapped, blistered, battered, and weak. Tears poured down my face. I could not give up. My hand swung back as I took another step and I felt the ribbons I was carrying on my back. 81 names, from my friends, of people they know who had fought, were fighting, or had lost the battle with cancer. 81 people who weren’t giving up, even on their hardest days. If they could get up every day and battle cancer, I could battle another half day walking. This pain I felt was nothing. Purely insignificant to their challenges.
So I walked. I walked with fervor. I walked with delight. I walked with purpose. I walked with joy. I walked with strength, determination, and pride. I walked toward a cure.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day will change your life. It changed mine. It changed me.
This year, in Dallas, 1150 walkers and 300 crew members came together in the biggest rally of kindness and positivity that I have ever known. We came together to laugh, to cry, and to support one another. We came together to walk, sweat, remember, and ultimately beat out cancer. We came together and raised over 3 MILLION dollars, with 80 cents of every dollar going directly to breast cancer research. We came together for a cure.
Unfortunately, I cannot share this life changing 3-Day event with you. It’s something you have to experience on your own. What I can do, is share with you a reminder of this meaningful endeavor. Maybe someday you’ll consider joining us in kicking cancer’s butt!
For the 12th day ’til Christmas, I am giving away 12 pink ribbon pens. These aren’t just any pens; they are retractable Uni-Ball Signos. They are black ink with a medium point and an awesome pink ribbon design. I’ve already received a compliment on mine!
12 lucky winners will win this pen, AND one of those 12 winners will also walk away with a pink ribbon gift pack full of a hodge podge of all things pink! I haven’t gotten the shipment in yet (sorry, no pictures!), but it includes a cinch backpack, his and hers coozies, a magnet, binder clips, a planner, and more!
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You have until 8am tomorrow to get you entry in!
(The post for the 11th day ’til Christmas will be up at that time.)
All winners will be notified within 48 hours of contest end. Prizes will not be mailed until AFTER Christmas, to help lighten the Christmas load of our post carriers.
Good luck, and I hope you win,