Susan G. Komen 3-Day

November 13, 2012, In: Events, Life, Photography
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My mom walked her first 60 miles over a decade ago when she lost her best friend, Kathy, to breast cancer. At the time it was called the Avon 3-Day, now it’s called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but the spirit of the walk hasn’t changed a bit. These walkers are “In it to end it” every (literal) step of the way.

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

She was reluctant to raise money the first year, but believed in the cause with all her heart. Many of her donors had been directly affected by breast cancer and she had the names of all of the women she walked in honor or in memory of printed on her shirt. This year she continued the tradition by writing each name on the most unique “CURE” sign I have ever seen. It was a huge hit with everyone who saw her– and it was hard not to see her as she carried that sign high above the crowds.

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

Now 11 years later, watching her cross that finish line again- I have never been more proud. Our family has been so deeply affected by cancer over the last couple of years, and there is something so beautiful and so unifying about walking surrounded by others whose lives have been changed by the same terrible disease. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful, strong, brave men and women who walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in St. Petersburg, FL this year. They bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I love you, Mom.

Susan G. Komen Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day WalkSusan G. Komen 3-Day

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Susan G. Komen 3-Day | Walking Through WonderlandSusan G. Komen 3-Day

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

During the closing ceremonies all of the walkers, crew and volunteers took a knee and raised a shoe as the Survivors took the stage. It was the most fitting and beautiful salute: “Every step we took, we took for you.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd at the time (and if there was there hearts are made of stone- I tell you!)  I have tears rolling down my face even as I remember that moment.

    • Suzanne Hamels
    • December 14, 2012
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing these photos, Mindy. What an incredible experience. Your mom is one amazing and beautiful woman. I’m enjoying your blog and love your photos!

    • George A. Hayes
    • November 22, 2012
    Reply

    Glad to see you involved in such a wonderful event. You have a giving heart an it is a joy for
    You to give for others. I am blessed to know you.:):):)

    • Joanne Zinski
    • November 21, 2012
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this, Mindy. Inspirational. Your mom is truly one of the most amazing and wonderful people I have ever had the privilege to know. I am so lucky to call her friend.

    • Meme
    • November 14, 2012
    Reply

    Thrilled to see this, Mindy, and to read your blog! You captured the spirit and the
    JOY! Thank you for caring so very much! Love you, Baby! Mom

    • Reply

      I am so lucky to get to experience such love, passion and energy.

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