Over the weekend, folks from all over New England and across the country were in Boston to take part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. More than 1,600 walkers and countless volunteers & supporters set on what all say is an incredible journey.
According to their website, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Formerly known as the Breast Cancer 3-Day®, Komen for the Cure received 85 percent of the net proceeds to fund breast cancer research and community programs.
All walk in support or in memory. They share laughter and tears, and every mile is life-changing. They support and encourage each other through the journey. Each has an inspiring story they will openly share along the way.
Lisa Klimas, 26 of East Boston, MA has participated in the 3-Day for the Cure the last three years. In 2010, she is walking in two cities in an effort to make a greater difference. “The 3-Day is less about walking, early mornings, blisters and soreness, than it is about great friends, camaraderie, teammates taking care of each other, celebrating the best in tough situations, smiling and thanking perfect strangers, and knowing that it seems endless, but once you arrive you will feel unbelievably proud, accomplished, and full of the sense that nothing is impossible.”
Lisa went on to share, “This year I walked my fourth 3-Day for the Cure, but it was my first on chemo. Instead of taking the safe route and watching from the sidelines, I was driven to try harder and prove to myself that I could finish, giving hope to everyone else out there who lives on chemo. And that was what I did.” Lisa is an inspiration to her team, the Punk Walkers, and is walking again in San Diego in November.
Dusty Showers, 38 of Oldsmar, FL, is perhaps the most recognizable man in the fight against breast cancer. He is a strong man in a fancy pink bra, father of two beautiful daughters, with an intense passion for battling the cancer that has invaded his family’s life. Dusty has either walked or crewed in five 3-Day for the Cure events and is a prominent figure at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Tampa, FL.
“This walk was awesome, but very difficult for me. The Boston 3 day turned out to be so much more than I anticipated. But seeing Survivors currently in treatment walking...that's what can bring a grown man to his knees”. Dusty went on to say, “All challenged me more than I ever thought possible. I made amazing friends; I felt so welcomed and witnessed some incredible men that support the fight.” Dusty will walk another 60 in October for the Tampa 3-Day.
Last year, the 3-Day for the Cure was walked in 15 cities and raised $91 million for research, education and community health programs.