This shirt really should read, "I DID Do That!" Yes, folks, I DID do the 3-Day! ALL 60 miles!!! I can't tell you how jazzed that makes me! My feet, ankles and knees -- not so much. But the rest of me is over-the-moon excited.
I have so many things to tell, so much that touched my heart while on the Walk. BUT I need to have more than 10 minutes or so in a stretch to get it all down.
For now, I want to encourage you to join Team Tiara on our quest for a CURE.
Don't Click the "Back" Button! Hear me out for a second.
IF you register for the Breast Cancer 3-Day before December 1, and use the discount code CURE2012, you'll save $35 on your registration. Even more, you'll have ELEVEN months before the actual walk.
ELEVEN months to complete your fundraising -- the $2300 required to walk.
IF you want to Crew, the DFW Crews fill up FAST. Don't delay your registration. The good thing about Crew? You aren't required to do any fundraising. But if you do raise money, it's a Bonus and SAVES LIVES. Crew has SO many options -- there are so many servant roles that make the 3-Day work. I'm sure at least ONE of them would fit you.
This is what I know. A LOT can happen in ELEVEN months. Babies will be born. Weddings will take place. Loved ones could require our attention in ways we can't foresee right now.
WOMEN and MEN will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Too many will die.
But just for a second, what if you did register for the 3-Day? I'm not asking you to commit to walking at this point -- I'm asking you to commit to being a part of Team Tiara. If life happens and you can't walk, it happens. But along the way you will have raised $500 or $1000 or $2300 or $5000 for the CURE. Along the way, you will have SAVED LIVES.
And you know what? One in SIX women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her lifetime. That could be you. That could happen in the next ELEVEN months.
And if it does happen? The life you save could very well be your own.
Please join Team Tiara. Please help us make a difference. Register at www.the3day.org/goto/teamtiara2012. Use that discount code CURE2012 to save $35 on your registration. If something happens to keep you from walking, we'll understand. But in the meantime, we need YOU to help US find a CURE.
This LOVELY shirt that I'm wearing is my "Victory" shirt from the first year I did the 3-Day. It's significance today is two-fold. First, it's the perfect example of what happens if you're at the back of the pack on the 3-Day. Lisa and I didn't know what we were doing -- and I was one of the last walkers across the finish line. ALL they had left was a size small. Good thing I can wear it for you today!!!
The other reason this shirt is significant today is what it represents. This was my first year of the 3-Day. The year Mom was still alive. The year she watched our fundraising totals every single day. The year she sent pink roses for me to have at the Finish Line.
That was a year of hope and of promise. We had no idea that we would lose her a very short nine months later.
Reality hit here yesterday. For much of my 3-Day season, I'm full-steam ahead. It's not that I forget why I'm doing this -- that's not possible -- but I don't allow myself to become bogged down in the "why."
Until now, I've been about details, details, details -- getting 45 people pointed in the same direction.
But yesterday, I started working on the things that make my 3-Day experience unique. My friend Lori cut out the pink tiaras I pass out on the Walk. I just have to add Mom's picture and the verse for the back. I put together the collage of pictures that I'll leave for Mom in the Memory Tent when I write this year's letter to her. THAT was HARD. And I made the signs I'll wear on the Walk. One in Mom's memory. And one in support of my Uncle Don.
My emotions are at the top. Almost overflowing. But you know what? This time Thursday, I'll be surrounded by my 3-Day Family. And friends, that just brings a big, happy smile to my face!!!
All these great photos and stories and all that jazz are under copyright. Do not use these photos, anecdotes, stories and other assorted "stuff" without permission of yours truly. I mean it. Don't make me give you the mean mommy look. It gives me wrinkles.
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I'm the wife of a really great guy and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. I'm a princess because I'm a daughter of The King. These days, much of my time is spent shuffling kids from point A to point B, training/fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles in 3 Days!), and juggling the Family Circus that is my life. I'm a transplanted farm girl trying to blend what I know with life in the big city. I'm addicted to Mamma Mia -- the best musical I've ever seen. I love to wear jackets. I miss my Mom. A lot. I love Karen Kingsbury's books -- anxiously awaiting the publication of each. My IPod is my most-used accessory. I love to paint -- not art, but rooms! When the going gets tough, I start baking.