Breast cancer walk participants seek fundraising support

Jun 26, 2013

Julie Keiper and her 17-year-old daughter Chloe Zacher of Waynesville will join thousands of other dedicated women and men at the Tampa Bay Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  The Susan G. Komen 3-Day will run from Friday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 27.

After months of training and fundraising, participants will walk 60 miles during three days to raise awareness and funds for critical research and community outreach programs about breast health, including the importance of early detection

Participants were enrolled in a 16-week training program, which gradually builds mileage from 18 miles per week to 48 miles per week in preparation for the 60-mile event.

“As a Breast Cancer 3-Day participant, I have an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivorship, honor those who lost their lives to the disease, and ultimately, have an enormous impact on awareness and funding for breast cancer research and community outreach programs,” said Keiper.  “The Breast Cancer 3-Day is challenging and fun, and the memory of our personal accomplishment will last a lifetime.”

During the walk, participants will cover about 20-miles per day, traveling at their own pace. The walkers will be supported by hundreds of volunteer crew members, who will provide meals, liquid and snack stops, gear transport, safety on the streets and 24-hour medical services. Participants spend nights in a sea of pink, two-person tents with portable hot showers and restrooms.

Through Susan G. Komen for the Cure events like the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion toward cancer research, the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

The actual journey starts months in advance when walkers start training and raising the $2,300 required fundraising minimum. To help prepare for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, each walker is supported by coaches and online assistance that aid in all aspects of training and fundraising, while clinics, meetings and training walks provide ongoing support.

So far, Keiper has fundraised 86 percent of her $2,300 minimum.  Zacher is in need of assistance with her fundraising; she has raised 26 percent and has five weeks to qualify for the walk by reaching her $2,300 mark.  To help Zacher reach her goal, donations can be made directly to her online donation page at www.the3day.org/goto/chloe.   Donations are also accepted by calling 1-800-996-3DAY and referencing Zacher’s participant ID #7062865.

To learn how to participate or volunteer with 3-Day, visit www.The3Day.org or call 1-800-996-3DAY.

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