On October 11, 2013, the nation was in the midst of a federal government shutdown. There was high anxiety and fear in Washington. Yet, on that cold and rainy October morning there gathered over a thousand women who refused to allow the cold and the rain and the government shutdown to stop them. It was 5 a.m. and Katy Perry’s hit song, ROAR, blared from the giant speakers as the women danced in the rain. It was an amazing sight to see.
2013 was a depressing year in many ways but the memory of those women and their supporters will remain the most inspiring story of 2013 in Washington for this journalist. Having promised to cover the event months before the government shutdown, the question at 4 a.m. on October 11th was would the event take place despite the rain and the cold and the government shutdown. The drive to the Wheaton Plaza in the predawn hours revealed the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
The Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 12, and 13th came at a time when so many people across the nation were afraid. There appeared to be no end to the debates in Washington and at the time no one knew when the shutdown would end. It did not matter to the dedicated, determined, and unstoppable marchers who gave the nation a morale boost to stand up and fight against the odds.
Covering the event for three days took the focus away from the depressing state of the federal government to a more hopeful event were people refused to allow the shutdown to shut them down. Of the hundreds of events covered in 2013, the most inspiring was the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure.
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