The government shutdown may have changed the 3-Day Closing location; however it did not change the spirit of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure.
The road to the Wheaton Mall was paved with rain at 5 a.m. this morning. The rain fall relentlessly all day. The 60 degree temperatures and light wind made the already depressing feeling in the Washington area that much more depressing.
However, sour feelings created by the government shutdown suffered a serious blow when hit with the overwhelming enthusiasm and can-do spirit of the participants in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Opening Ceremony.
Participants arrived in the wee hours of the morning to write the names of loved ones lost to breast cancer as Katy Perry's beautiful voice boomed from the gigantic speakers. Her hit, Roar, was perfect for the spirit of the walkers who came out in force to let the world know the fight against breast cancer cannot be stopped by a government shutdown.
Although the government shutdown forced the program organizers to change the closing event from the National Mall to the RFK Stadium the spirit of the people who gathered in the rain did not change. They were charged with energy and ready to walk 60 miles to fight the dreaded disease.
Family and friends stood in the pouring rain to encourage their loved ones as each participate registered, was given their badges, and prepared for the long walk ahead. It was also a very emotional time as event organizers took to the stage to encourage the walkers and to express the reason for the event: Putting an end to breast cancer.
The opening ceremony was incredible and did not allow the rain, wind, or government shutdown to dim the bright lights that surrounded the participants as they gathered in the huge parking lot by the Costco Wholesale Warehouse. The rain never stopped and neither did the hope and inspiration the participants brought to the event. Examiner.com covered the opening ceremony and took to the stage to provide photographs of the wonderful participants as they waited to begin their journey of a lifetime.
On Sunday October 13, 2013, the participants will walk across the finish line at the RFK Stadium in D.C. After walking 60 miles in the cold rain to fight breast cancer there is no question that D.C. will hear them roar. Examiner.com will be there to record the last person to walk across the finish line.