Locals to walk Breast Cancer 3-Day

Illinois walker encourages local residents to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Tracy Reese, Sharon Mann, Christin Moreland, Patty Peterson and Nancy Benson of Rockford/Rockton will join thousands of other dedicated women and men at the Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust. The participants will walk 60 miles during three days to raise breast cancer awareness, and to raise money for critical research and community outreach programs.

These five ladies have joined “Team Hope” and are walking together (and camping together). They have been training together all summer, recently completing an 18-mile/15-mile back-to-back training walk to prepare for the Breast Cancer 3-Day. All of the ladies decided to walk for different reasons, but all have been affected by breast cancer in some way.

This year, approximately 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer 3-Day participants have an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivorship, honor those who lost their lives to the disease, and collectively have an enormous impact on funding for breast cancer programs.

The Breast Cancer 3-Day in Chicago will start Friday morning, Sept. 8 and end with closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10. More than 2,700 registered walkers will cover about 20 miles a day, traveling at their own pace. The walkers will be supported by hundreds of volunteer crew members, who will provide meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, hot showers, portable restrooms, safety on the streets and comprehensive medical services.

To participate, each walker must train for the event and must commit to raising a minimum of $2,200 (many walkers will raise more than the minimum). To help prepare for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, each walker is supported by coaches who assist in all aspects of training and fund-raising, while clinics, meetings, training sessions and mailings provide ongoing support. To help “Team Hope” reach their goal, make a donation directly to their donation page online at www.The3Day.org. To learn how to participate or volunteer with the Breast Cancer 3-Day, visit www.The3Day.org or call (800) 996-3DAY.

About the Breast Cancer 3-Day

At each Breast Cancer 3-Day, thousands of women and men, including breast cancer survivors, family members, friends and supporters of the cause, together walk 20 miles a day for three days to battle breast cancer one step at a time. For some participants, the Breast Cancer 3-Day is a tribute to those lost to breast cancer; for others it is a rally for loved ones still fighting the disease; and for many it is a celebration of their lives as breast cancer survivors.

Whatever their inspiration, all walkers have the same goal: to raise money to save lives and help put an end to breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) collaborated to initiate the Breast Cancer 3-Day, a series of three-day walks to raise millions of dollars for the fight against breast cancer. Twelve Breast Cancer 3-Day events were scheduled in 2006: Boston (Aug. 4-6), Michigan (Aug. 11-13), Twin Cities (Aug. 18-20), Seattle (Aug. 25-27), Chicago (Sept. 8-10), Kansas City (Sept. 15-17), Philadelphia (Oct. 6-8), Tampa Bay (Oct. 13-15), Atlanta (Oct. 20-22), Dallas/Ft.Worth (Oct. 27-29), Arizona (Nov. 3-5) and San Diego (Nov. 10-12).

As the primary beneficiary of the Breast Cancer 3-Day Series, the Komen Foundation will receive 85 percent of the net proceeds to support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. An independent non-profit organization, National Philanthropic Trust is the event manager and will direct up to 15 percent of the net proceeds to the NPT Breast Cancer Fund, a special field of interest fund for breast cancer initiatives.

For more information, or to become a walker, supporter or volunteer “crew member,” visit www.The3Day.org or call (800) 996-3DAY.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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