Two friends take to streets to help fight breast cancer
Two long time friends will walk 60 miles over three days, take thousands of steps, and have had months of preparation to make a personal difference in helping to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.
Delaney Selander of Park Rapids (formerly of New York Mills) and long time friend, Barb Kangas, of New York Mills, have joined thousands of breast cancer supporters in preparing for the 2010 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day for the CureTM.
After months of training and fundraising, participants will walk 60 miles during three days to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and community-based breast health and education programs.
"This is my second year participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure," said Selander. "Both of my children's blood line grandmothers are breast cancer survivors, that makes my children's risk for this disease higher than average. I walk for my children, their grandmothers and all women who have or will have to fight this fight. It's time we find a cure."
"Through my participation in this event I know I am making a personal impact on the breast cancer movement. The Komen 3-Day for the Cure is challenging, but the opportunity to have an impact is enormous," said Kangas.
The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day for the Cure starts on Friday morning, August 20 at the Southdale Center in Edina and ends with the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, August 22 at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds.
Walkers cover about 20 miles a day, traveling at their own pace. Hundreds of volunteer crew members support the walkers through the three-day journey providing meals, refreshments and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets and 24-hour medical services. The event is the greatest distance you can go in the fight against breast cancer.
More than 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year.
To help Selander and Kangas reach their goals by making a donation, visit The3Day.org, click on "Donate to a Participant" and search for their names.
To learn how to participate or volunteer with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer.
Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health with every step.
Funds raised impact breast cancer research and community-based breast health and education programs.
The 2010 Komen 3-Day for the Cure Series includes events in Boston (July 23-25), Cleveland (July 30 - August 1), Chicago (August 6-8), Michigan (August 13-15), Twin Cities (August 20-22), Denver (August 27-29), Seattle (September 24-26), San Francisco Bay Area (October 1-3), Washington, D.C. (October 8-10), Philadelphia (October 15-17), Atlanta (October 22-24), Tampa Bay (October 29-31), Dallas/Fort Worth (November 5-7), Arizona (November 12-14), San Diego (November 19-21).
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.