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60 Miles? We DID that!

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Finished Day One - Feeling Good!

My sister-in-law, Wendy, and I just completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas.  The 3-Day is a 60 mile walk around Plano, Richardson, Addison, Farmers Branch, the Park Cities and Dallas.

A big thank you to all of our donors and supporters.  There is no way we could have done it without you – including the lady on Webb Chapel handing out mimosas on Saturday morning!!!

Day 1, Friday

The 2011 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day for the Cure began on a chilly Friday morning at Collin Creek Mall in Plano.  I was asked to carry one of the Honor Flags in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Team Tiara - Day One

The 18-mile route started with an incredible send off from the kids at Aldridge Elementary. It was the first of many schools that came out to support us. The day was filled with cheering stations and fantastic community support. Lunch was great at beautiful Valley View Park. We had plenty of sun, music and even a little bit of dancing. After we cheered the last walker into camp we had a delicious dinner, including Mac and Cheese!!, and celebrated our top Dallas/Fort Worth fundraisers.

Saturday’s 21-mile route started a little cold but the sun came out and it was perfect walking weather. How about the cheering stations on Saturday? The pink gorilla was back this year and Gene Simmons from ‘Kiss’ was spotted at a Grab & Go in the afternoon. There were nearly two miles of continuous cheering stations after we had lunch at the Hockaday Academy. We walked a little slower today but we made it to camp in time for dinner, a few games and the dance party.

Shoe salute for the survivors at closing ceremonies

Our final day of walking began with a quick bus ride to Ursuline Academy. We started our 15-mile walk through som of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Dallas. Then it was onto the Katy Trail and through Historic Downtown Dallas past the American Airlines Center and Pioneer Plaza with the bronze steer. Lunch was at Main Street Garden – what a view of downtown Dallas! The final miles of the route wound through the Deep Ellum Arts District and into the Fair Grounds for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.

Closing Ceremonies - We did it!

The DFW Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure raised $7.1 million for research and community awareness.

What’s Next

I will be participating in the 2012 Susan G. Komen DFW 3-Day for the Cure!  You can find my personal page at:

www.the3day.org/goto/skmak

My Honor Flag

Dr. Sheri Phillips, National Spokesperson for SGK 3-Day for the Cure.

Wendy wondering where is that warm Texas weather?

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mom and Ali!

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mark and Clarke!

What an Honor!

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Honor Flags at the DFW 3-Day in 2010

I’m so very excited! I have been asked to be an Honor Flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremony at the 3-Day in Dallas! Honor Flags acknowledge those loved ones that we as a group are walking for – our mothers, daughters, sisters. I’ll be carrying the “My Partner” flag onstage. I cannot wait!

At the beginning of this journey, I didn’t think I had any direct connection with this disease. My boyfriend, Mark, had lost his aunt to breast cancer and his mother to skin cancer. I had sorority sisters and Junior League members who were battling breast cancer. Then, in May, my 32-year old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Mother’s Day, and 5 days before her son’s 9th birthday.

The past few months have been extremely emotional for my family, but my sister has kept her spirits high.  We firmly believe that having a positive attitude plays a major role in your recovery.  So, you can only imagine how much this means to me.  60 miles?  I can do that!

Just 9 days until the event!  Cannot wait!

WOO HOO!

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I have raised over $2,300 for my 3-Day walk!  I can officially participate!  I am so super excited!  My goal is to raise $5,000, which I know is completely attainable. 
Thank you to all of those who have donated.  I am completely humbled by and grateful for your generosity and support.

I am blessed!

She Kicks Butt: D’Lyn Biggs and Team Tiara

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I got home from the training walk this morning to find a package on my front step from our team captain, D’Lyn.  As I put in my first post, Dione, Wendy and I are walking with Team Tiara.  It’s the team’s sixth year to walk in the 3 Day and they have raised close to $500,000.  D’Lyn is the amazing chick who organizes the team and keeps us on track.

D’Lyn sent a care package to me for Ali.  It contained a beautiful, handmade quilt and a silver bracelet inscribed with Isaiah 40:31 – “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”  The quilt was part of a fundraiser that Team Tiara organized – quilters from 19 states and five countries donated these beautiful blankets.  The bracelet represents one that D’Lyn’s mom wore during her treatment, and that D’Lyn still wears today.

What an amazing and caring gesture.  I have only met D’Lyn for 10 minutes during the 3-Day in 2010 (I’m not sure if she even knows that).  And, she certainly hasn’t met my sister.  But, D’Lyn has made it her passion to comfort those with breast cancer and has dedicated herself to raising money to find a cure.  D’Lyn started Team Tiara to honor her mom, who lost her battle with cancer in 2007. 
I have never seen someone so driven to find a cure.  D’Lyn is a blessing to many, many, many people – even ones that she has never met.
I immediately drove to Ali’s house to deliver her care package.  In all fairness, I caught her and Shalor by surprise – so, she’ll want me to explain that she wasn’t “camera ready.”  LOL!  I think she’s beautiful!



Ali and her quilt. 



The quilt and Team Tiara calendar

The camera wasn’t able to capture the colors just right. 
The patch on the quilt reads, “Team Tiara’s Simply Pink: Quilts for the Cure 2010.  http://www.teamtiara.net”

Wanna know more about this cool chick?  Check out D’Lyn’s blog, Meanderings of a 3-Day Mom.  To learn more about Team Tiara and their wonderful work to find a cure, visit their website.

Thank you, D’Lyn!

Walk, walk, walk

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Training has started!!  This week, I’ve logged 16 miles.  This morning I went to my second kick-off walk at the New Balance store in Dallas.  At the walk last week, they told us to find a walking buddy.  If we didn’t come with anyone (Dione slept in that morning, LOL!), we had to introduce ourselves to the person next to us.  That person for me was Andrea.  Ironically, as we started walking and talking, I found out that both Andrea and I work for Dell (we’re both ex-Perot Systems)! 
So, today was our second official training walk.  We walked through University Park in Dallas – we walked, talked and gawked!  Those homes are BEAUTIFUL!!!  I always want to knock on the door and ask the owner what they do for a living.  You know?
Here’s a picture of Andrea and I with the 3-Day gorilla.  Yes, I’m a bit too excited to be posing with a stuffed gorilla…oh well, I have the spirit! 

I’m Walking For My Sister

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In January, at the urging of my friend Dione, I signed up for the 3-Day for the Cure walk in Dallas.  My mom and her friend, Fondra, had walked last year and I saw what fun they had and thought it would be a great challenge.  I didn’t have a real connection with the cause.  I had seen its effects on people around me – I knew it had impacted the lives of my sorority sisters, my Junior League sisters, my community – but I didn’t completely understand.
Until Monday, May 9.   The day after Mother’s Day and 5 days before my nephew’s birthday, my sister, Ali, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The past few weeks have been filled with blood tests, scans, MRIs, and meetings with various doctors.  We’re lucky – the tumor is small because it was caught early.  Her surgery is scheduled for June 6, after which we will know more about her treatment regimen.
Fondra, me and mom at last year’s 3-Day.

I am so very thankful that I have this group of amazing people to support my sister and my family as we go through this.  My sister is a beautiful, 32-year old wife to Shane and mother to my 9-year old nephew, Shalor.  This has definitely kicked up my 3-Day challenge a notch or two.  🙂

60 miles in 3 days?  I can do that.         
We are in very good spirits.  I think that a huge part of healing comes from a positive attitude and a positive mind.  We are in a good place, and are completely focused on Ali’s health and wellness.  We are focused on living, laughing and loving.  I know that in a year – maybe less – this will be a bump in the road. 
Dione, Wendy and I are walking with Team Tiara.  Over the past 6 years, our team has raised close to $500,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The organization has invested more than $1.9 billion in research and impacted every major advancement in breast cancer over the past 25 years. 
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! We all walk for a different reason or loved one but for the same goal…because everyone deserves a lifetime.