Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2009 Breast Cancer 3-Day RECAP!

Whew! I'm back! 60 miles is a long way to go, but I made it the whole way!

Day 1 began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Freestone Park in Gilbert, AZ. Some of the highlights along the route included the students from Gilbert Elementary and the cheering station at Living Faith Church. The kids at Gilbert Elementary literally lined the entire block and cheered and jumped up and down! They even wore pink for us! Southwest Ambulance was there to support us all along the way, decked out in pink. Luckily, I didn't have to visit the ambulance at all. After a long day of walking, we gathered at Benedict Park, our home away from home for the weekend, and enjoyed entertainment by the McClintock High School String Quartet and ASU Dancing Devils.


On Day 2, we woke up early, ready to hit the trail again. Along the way, we were cheered on by friends, family and members of the community at 50th Street and Ray and Kyrene de las Lomas School. The skies opened up and would you believe it started Arizona! Who would have thought!? It literally hasn't rained there in MONTHS, but I should have figured it would rain on the 3-Day. The rain cooled things off, but it couldn't dampen our spirits! We enjoyed the support of Girl Scouts galore (and even a couple of Boy Scout troops) and Gatorade snow cones provided by Sun Devil Fire Equipment. That night, we were entertained by the Sun City Poms, Spirit of Phoenix Men's Chorus and Cannedy Performing Arts before we tucked in for the night.


On Day 3, the walk featured another visit from the bagpipe players, more Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, some great cheering stations on Mill Avenue and at Papago Plaza, and support from the AZ Women Lawyers Association. Our journey ended with a celebratory Closing Ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium. The Closing Ceremony was super emotional and seeing the survivors walk out in their pretty pink t-shirts really drove home the reasons why I walk the 3-Day.


This year, approximately 1,700 walkers participated in the 2009 Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day! Together, we raised over $4.1 million!! Can you believe that!?

I have finally decided to put together a team next year! If you are interested, leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail! Next year, we are hitting up sunny San Diego! Get ready!!


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