My 3-Day contributors never cease to astound me.

You would think after 14 years, their generosity would be expected. But, I will never take their support for granted.

With their help, I have raised the minimum required to walk my 14th 3-Day Walk – in record time.

After only one fundraising email! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

3-Day Contributors Inspire

When I started this 3-Day, 60-Mile journey in 2003, I dreaded the fundraising more than the 60 miles of walking. Seriously.

In fact, I decided to crew in 2004 so I wouldn’t have a minimum fundraising requirement. I hate asking people for money.

My 3-Day contributors helped me quickly get over the fear of fundraising. Over the years, I have heard so many stories of individuals and their loved ones battling cancer.

I started this journey because of my sister’s diagnosis. Up to that point, I didn’t know anyone who had breast cancer. I wish I could still say that.

Perhaps I was fortunate. Or maybe I was in an isolated bubble of unawareness. My 3-Day contributors helped change that.

They shared stories of their own struggles or those of their loved ones. The list of names I wear on each Walk to honor those affected by cancer and those we lost continues to grow.

The great news is the survivor list is much longer.

Hearing their stories inspired this Old Lady Walking to keep walking. I could never do this without my 3-Day contributors and all of my supporters.

Sharing Their Stories

I could write volumes on the stories I have heard over the years. The following are just a few.

Teammate Connection

I often refer to my teammates as the lovely ladies who walked into my heart. We have three teammates who are breast cancer survivors. Three of us have experienced other forms of cancer.

Is it any wonder why I cannot walk away?

Penny’s story is perhaps the best example that this journey is something much MORE THAN PINK.

I’ve told the story before. Penny invited me on my first Walk to join her and two other teammates as I was walking alone. I overheard Penny talking about her sister-in-law. It turns out, I had worked with Penny’s sister-in-law for 11 years.

  • Despite assurances to see me at the 2004 Walk, Penny, Suzanne, and Diane were not there
  • I had misplaced Penny’s contact information
  • After the Walk, a client emailed me to tell me the business card I gave her had something on the back
  • It was Penny’s contact information
  • I contacted Penny and discovered the reason they were not there in 2004
  • Penny had been diagnosed with breast cancer

Destiny has us sharing this journey.

Penny later shared her story.

Contributor Stories

In my corporate days, I worked as an Account Executive and a Communications Manager for a brokerage firm. In that role, I met many representatives from the insurance industry.

Outside my office door, I had a picture of a barometer that showed my fundraising efforts. Tom, an Account Executive for a major insurance carrier, asked me about the barometer.

When I told him about my 3-Day Walk participation, he became visibly shaken.

  • Tom was a two-time cancer survivor
  • I asked if I could give him a hug
  • After our hug, he told me he wanted to contribute
  • He got his company to match his contribution

You never know who has been touched by this insidious disease.

On one of my daily walks, I passed by a man who was raking his lawn. He asked me if I was on some kind of team.

At first, I did not know what he meant. Then I realized I was wearing one of the bajillion 3-Day t-shirts I’ve gained in 14 years of walking.

I explained about my participation in the 3-Day Walks. Again, I witnessed a man shaken by my story.

  • His wife had breast cancer – three times
  • She had lost her battle to cancer after nearly 15 years
  • He was selling the home they had shared for years

I asked if I could wear her name on my Walks to honor her. He thanked me and asked if he could contribute.

A stranger except for this sad connection.

Thank You

I have had contributors who have donated one year and many who do so every year.

I never take for granted their generosity. There are too many stories like these.

Thank you to this year’s contributors and to all of my supporters. You help keep this Old Lady Walking.

Aaron Davis
Barb Whitaker-Lewis
Bruce Cutting
Carol Wells
Cindy Simmons
Dianne Wingfield
Fortech Products, Inc.
Harriet    Rotter    Bell
Julie Ewert
Kim Lemon
LaVerne Richards
Linda Benefiel
Lori Widmer
Melissa Medve
Nicky Parry
Randa Forrester
Sharon Hurley Hall
Vince Williams


Walk on.


Lucky #13 3-Day Walk Hits Big

November 30, 2016

Lucky #13 did not disappoint. My Pink Tahoe Ladies teammates and I participated in another 3-Day Walk for the Cure. We were back in my beloved San Diego, walking 60 miles in 3 days, the weekend before Thanksgiving. This was the 13th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, as well as the 13th anniversary of […]

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Memory Scarf and Counter-Irritants

November 1, 2016

A wonderful tradition of the 3-Day Walk for the Cure is wearing the names of survivors and those we lost. Each year, I create a list with “In Memory Of” and “In Honor Of.” Some are names I added myself Most are names shared by my supporters After 13 years, the list has grown. The […]

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Idaho Statesman Goes Beyond Pink Edition

October 3, 2016

Most of you probably know October is breast cancer awareness month. The last several years, the Idaho Statesman issued a Pink Edition in recognition of the month. The newspaper invited the community to share their stories. I wrote three articles for them in 2013, 2014, and 2015. When I inquired about this year’s Pink Edition, […]

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2016 3-Day Walk Contributors Rock in Record Time

September 15, 2016

The 3-Day Walk contributors are predictable – in a good way. No, make that a great way. Since 2003, when I first started asking for contributions for the 3-Day, 60-Mile Walk for the Cure, my contributors delivered. Now as I prepare for my 13th Walk, I should not be surprised my contributors knocked it out […]

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Walking the Walk Before the Walk

August 5, 2016

Walking the Walk before the Walk. Sounds like a bit of double talk, doesn’t it? If you follow this blog, you know what I am referring to. The 3-Day Walk for the Cure. 2016 marks the 13th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen event. And my teammates and I were there from the start in […]

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Lucky in 13 Ways Times 3 Day

June 10, 2016

Few people would associate walking 60 miles in 3 days as lucky. Even fewer connect breast cancer with lucky. Yet talk with a breast cancer survivor and most will say just that. How lucky they are. Amazing. Simply amazing. Lucky #13 I dubbed my participation in this year’s 3-Day Walk for the Cure as my […]

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3-Day Walking to MBTs Nirvana

April 27, 2016

The drama of the MBTs goes on. If you have followed this blog, you read about MBTs (Masai Barefoot Technology). The funny-looking sandal, known as MBTs, became my Sandal Saviors. My history of blossoming blisters – banished Lost toenails from pavement slapping – gone Walking to MBTs Nirvana was mine Then the company went bankrupt. […]

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How I Got a Walking Start on 2016 3-Day Walk

March 22, 2016

I strive for a walking start. Some may get a running start. Nope, not me. I do NOT run Not if I can help it I walk and walk some more Hoping to get a good walking start on the 2016 3-Day Walk, I purchased a Fitbit tracker before the 2015 Walk. I purchased it […]

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Life Robs the Best Laid Plans

March 15, 2016

How often have you been excited for a new venture only to have life get in the way? That’s what happened here at this blog. I so want to share the stories of the incredible survivors and loved ones touched by cancer. As well as the journey that brought me to this blog. But then […]

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