Lucky #13 3-Day Walk Hits Big

by Cathy Miller

in 3-Day Walk for the Cure

2016 San Diego Team Holly-Kellen-Me-Suzanne-Martina-Beth

2016 San Diego Team

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 the meeting of our earliest teammates (including moi). As I told my teammates, it really is all about me. 😉

Lucky #13



There’s nothing like a 3-Day newbie to refresh your view of yet another 3-Day Walk.

This year we were thrilled to welcome Kellen, Martina’s daughter.

San Diego has always been a wonderful place for the 3-Day Walk.

  • Incredible ocean views
  • Perfect weather (usually)
  • Unbelievable community support

Seeing all that through the eyes of Kellen, increased our level of appreciation. And what a trooper Kellen was. Despite several newbie blisters, Kellen persevered through all 60 miles.

As our own personal trainer, teammate Beth, said, “It’s really more like 70 miles.” Kellen admitted it was tough to keep going. But she did. And always with a smile.

It reminds us of why we walk. Cancer survivors (like Kellen’s mom, Martina) endure so much more than blisters, sore muscles, and a weary body. They are our true heroes.

Mother/Daughter Teams

In addition to Kellen and Martina, the Pink Tahoe Ladies rock another mother/daughter team. Penny (also a breast cancer survivor) was unable to walk this year due to a still-healing broken ankle.

Although she had her walking boot removed, her doctor didn’t think walking 60 miles in 3 days was a good idea. Go figure.

But like all survivors who never give up, that did not stop Penny. Joined by her daughter, Lauren (another veteran teammate), Penny and Lauren donned Pink Poodles costumes and cheered 3-Day walkers. Check out these moves.

Truly Blessed

I’m not sure if it was the relief from our country’s current unrest or simply the event itself, but I went back home rejuvenated. More so than I can remember in recent history.

When you stand behind two seventy-something-year-old survivors who just finished walking 60 miles in 3 days, it is easy to count your blessings. When you have teammates who are participating for their daughters (and their daughters for them), you feel connected to hope.

So, Lucky #13 is under the feet. We move on to Fabulous #14. I wish you and your loved ones good health and much happiness throughout the coming year.


Walk on.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicky Richards November 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Congratulations on another great 3 day walk in our old stomping grounds of San Diego. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. Keep up the good fight, I’m proud of you.


Cathy Miller November 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Thanks, Vic. That means a lot. 🙂


Rosemary Lopez-Ocampo November 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Your rock CAM!!!!


Cathy Miller November 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Thanks, Rosemary. I so appreciate your years of support! 🙂


Tammy Reed December 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

Good job! I am so thankful for dedicated people like you who make this walk every year. You and your teammates are an inspiration to never give up or give in. Thanks!


Tammy Reed December 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

Also, Happy belated Birthday!


Cathy Miller December 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

Thanks, Tammy (on both counts) 😉 I am so grateful to the generosity of people like yourself who help keep this Old Lady Walking. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year, Tammy. Hope we can catch up at Walk #14. 🙂


Jan Shapard December 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Congratulations for another successful walk and a birthday, too! I admire your dedication.


Cathy Miller December 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

Thanks, Jan. I appreciate that and your support! 🙂


Elaine December 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Super walk/work, Cathy Many are surviving because of fund raisers such as yourself who make research and treatments happen. Walk on, Old Lady Walking!


Cathy Miller December 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Thanks, Elaine. I appreciate you hanging in there with me all these years. 🙂


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