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Boston’s Keep Going® Blogger!!

9 Jun

For those of you who don’t know, Energizer® (the presenting sponsor of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®) held a Facebook promotion encouraging bloggers from around the country to apply to be a Keep Going® Blogger for the 3-Day for the Cure. The Keep Going Blogger will blog all about what it’s like to stay motivated while training, share fund-raising experiences, and give insight about what it’s like to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. They looked to choose 15 bloggers, one to represent each of the 15 3-day walks that are held annually,  and they chose me(!!) to be the Boston 3-Day for the Cure Keep Going Blogger!! I am so excited for this opportunity to share my 3-day experiences with everyone and to meet my fellow Boston walkers!!

If this is your first visit to my blog I encourage you to read on. You’ll learn that I plan to walk this year’s 3-Day for the Cure in my Vibram Five Fingers (barefoot shoes) rather than in sneakers. I hope you’ll subscribe and follow along with my barefoot training journey, and I’ll be sharing my fund-raising tips as well! This is my 2nd year doing the 3-day, last year I was in D.C. If you scroll down far enough you’ll see my blogs from then.

I look forward to meeting you all in Boston, come see me in the  Energizer tent! And if anyone lives in the Hartford, Connecticut area, come see me tomorrow night at the Wood N Tap Hartford for my 3-Day for the Cure fund-raiser! I’ll be there from 5-11pm and 10% of proceeds will benefit my walk!

Check out Energizer on Facebook and Twitter, and say hi to me on Twitter too!

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Impact Connecticut!

19 May

Sometimes I forget that Susan G. Komen for the Cure started with one woman. That fact is always in my head, somewhere, but sometimes when I’m watching commercials for Komen or hearing something on the radio, I forget. And then I get in a room with the Komen Connecticut staff, and like tonight, in a room with the Team Captains for the 2010 Race for the Cure and I remember that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was started by one woman. With all of them women (and men) in the room it reminds you that it started with just one. But it’s when that one woman connects with another, and those two connect with others that it starts to grow and that a one-woman organization can grow to become the largest grassroots organization in the country. Komen for the Cure is now a GLOBAL organization.

We have about 30 of our Team Captains in the room tonight and they represent the 273 teams we currently have signed up for this year’s Race for the Cure. Judy Caturano, the Team Captain Chair shared with us that those 273 have raised over $117,000 of the current $177,000 raised so far for this year’s race. How amazing is that?! One person can start a team, and that team can go on to raise $10,000 or more. We’re just one little state and yet for this cause we can come together and raise money to support their fellow CT residents. 75% of all money raised at the Race for the Cure will STAY IN CONNECTICUT and help CT residents pay for mammograms, treatment and support. The other 25% will go to research to find the cure for breast cancer.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who is participating in this year’s Race for the Cure! If you’ve never been, it’s an absolutely amazing day in Bushnell Park in Hartford and the energy is unbelievable. People are excited to be there; honoring someone or remembering someone. People are happy, and sad. Laughing and crying. It’s really amazing. If you’d like to register, go to the Komen Connecticut website! And if you’d like to join a team, feel free to join mine! I’ll be walking around all day Facebooking and Tweeting  for KomenCT and running the 5k race! Join my team, Nutmeggers for Komen!

A story from tonight’s Team Captains Reception: One of the walkers, Patty Fox of TEAM PATTY was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38. THIRTY. EIGHT. With the new “guidelines” out there that say screening should start at age 50, I say NO WAY. Susan G. Komen for the Cure says you should get your baseline mammogram at age 35 and start getting yearly at age 40. Anyway, so Patty went to her doctor and was diagnosed with melanoma on her arm. At some point she or they found a lump in her breast and she went for a mammogram. Because she’s young, her mammogram came up clean. Her doctor told her she shouldn’t worry because of her age and that it was most likely benign. But they went ahead and got the ultrasound and there they found something. Still, her doctor said she was most likely fine, it would be benign. When she went further, she found she had Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. She went through aggressive chemo and radiation and is currently is post-treatment. She still doesn’t call herself a survivor, not yet.

Stories like hers, when you see breast cancer affecting a real person with a family and a life, and it makes you want to get involved. Get involved! Impact your community!

Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a Brand

10 May

If you’re like me, you’re more apt to buy a product if a portion of the proceeds benefits Komen. I know that if I’m looking for tissues, and I see the Komen logo on the box, I’m going to buy that box of Tissues. It doesn’t matter what brand it is or if they’re not the softest, I’m buying them. I laughed at myself the other day as I was in the store in the toilet paper aisle and I was looking for the brand I always buy, but was sidetracked when I saw Komen. I immediately dropped any idea that I would buy any other brand and picked up the one that benefits Komen. Now, I know this about myself, but I hadn’t really admitted to myself that I do this. So I had to laugh as grabbed the toilet paper of the shelf, feeling good about myself for buying it for Komen. If Komen started producing their own products rather than working with existing products, you know my house would be filled with Komen everything.

Does this happen to anyone else? I mean, I’ve bought flashlights, hair ties, pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, binders, Sharpies… all because of Komen. I’m not the only one, right?

Nutmeggers for Komen

16 Apr

Hey all you Connecticutians! …Connecticutites?! …Connecticuters!!? NUTMEGGERS!

I’ve formed a team for the 2010 Race for the Cure in Bushnell Park on June 5th and I want YOU to be on it! All you have to do is go here and sign up! I’d love to have you all join and support Komen Connecticut in it’s fight against breast cancer. We can do a team fundraiser if people are interested and make/buy t-shirts to show our support for Komen!75% of everything we raise will stay right here in Connecticut to help those who are being tested or treated for breast cancer. IMPACT your community! Join a team!

If you’ve never participated in a Race for the Cure or a Komen event before, this is the perfect time for you to start! I’m happy to help you fund raise or answer any questions you have. Join the team and get involved!

Join Our Loop

22 Mar

Join our Loop is a breast cancer blog that publishes stories of women with breast cancer, who had breast cancer, and now ME! They published a little snippet I wrote about what it’s like to work with Komen Connecticut and why I get involved. You can check it out here.

And as always, I appreciate any donations made to my 3-day walk coming up in July! It seems like a long way away, but if you’ve ever tried to raise $5000 before, it’s not easy! Your donation of $10 will help me get to my goal! Though $100 is always nice too 🙂 At the very least, you can visit my fundraising page: http://bit.ly/caitlin3day.

I Heart Komen Connecticut

3 Mar

Happy to report that I am on the Marketing Committee for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for 2010. This is as close as I’ve gotten to actually working for the organization and I love it. Ask someone who knows me and they’ll tell you that my dream job involves working for Komen… in pretty much any capacity. Clean the bathrooms? You got it! Do nothing but data entry? Love to. But now, be the chair of the Social Media subcomittee for the Marketing Committee? It’s an honor. It really is. I love working with the women in the office, they’re all wonderful and all so dedicated to the cause.

The Race for the Cure in Bushnell Park is June 5, 2010. Registration begins March 1st. Become a fan on Facebook and Twitter and potentially get a free registration up through the end of February!

ALSO I’ve signed up to walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-day, also in June and this year in Boston! I can’t wait to experience this again; create more memories, walk another 60 miles, and raise more money!! Feel free to visit (and donate!) to my walk page. I’m hoping to raise $5000 this year to beat last year’s fundraising, which was just over $4000.

Check in for updates on how the marketing is going for the race, share feedback, ideas, inspiration… I ❤ Komen Connecticut!

0 to 60 in 3 days

13 Oct

First and foremost, the breast cancer 3-day is so far one of the best things I have ever done. I am so happy that I finally decided to do it, and even happier that Paul was there with me.

When we met the team on Thursday night before the walk started, Paul was the man of the hour. All of the ladies on the team kept coming up and saying, “You’re the guy! The boyfriend who surprised his girlfriend! That’s so cute!”. That sentiment continued throughout the walk when other walkers noticed us holding hands most of the time and always walking together and wanted to take a picture of the romantic couple or know what the story was of why he came to support me. I’m so happy he was there with me, in support of my wanting to do the walk but I’m also happy that he was there for himself and in support of his grandmothers and the other people in his life affected by breast cancer.

Day 1

4:30am on Day 1 came ridiculously fast. I’ve never been a morning person so 4:30 was an ungodly hour to be awake. But we managed to get up and pack everything up and take the Metro over to Nationals Park for opening ceremonies. We saw lots of people on the Metro with us with their duffels and dressed in pink so we knew we were headed in the right direction. When we got to the site crew members were there welcoming everyone and handing out Energizer pink bunny ears and stickers. And wouldn’t you know, the first sticker I get is one that says: “Cheer a lot – The best way to cheer yourself is to try and cheer someone else up. -Mark Twain” OF COURSE Mark Twain finds a way to make it into my “vacation”, as he does every single time. It was dark and cold for about the first hour or so that we were there, and we waited for the rest of Ms. America Tata’s to show up. Once everyone was there they started the opening ceremonies. The national spokeswoman (whose name I can’t remember, anyone?) was AMAZING and got every psyched to start the walk! The survivor circle was beautiful and reminded everyone exactly why we were there.
The walk started and took us up and down the streets of D.C. It was an amazing first day of meeting people, seeing our moto crew for the first time and seeing the support around the city. It was exciting to be experiencing the 3-day for the first time and to be testing my muscles. It was pretty overwhelming at first to be surrounded by so many people in an enclosed space. 2000 people leaving the same place at the same time and walking on the same 5 foot sidewalk doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for one’s personal space. If you know me, you know that I don’t do well in large groups of people. So this is one more reason why I am glad that Paul was there with me.

The first day of miles was wonderfully exhausting. It was one of the hardest things I have done. It was the first time I walked 20 miles in one day. Camp was a welcome sight for very sore legs. We found our bags, pitched both of our tents (that was a first for me too! You’d think growing up in Maine I would have gone camping even once, but no) and went down for dinner. As we were in the tent getting dinner, the wind was picking up and the clouds were rolling in. At 9pm the lights shut down and the wind started ripping through the plastic liner we clipped to the top of the tent to keep the rain out. And seeing as I left my earplugs in my bag in Paul’s tent, I listened to the wind for a good hour before exhaustion took over and I fell asleep.

I knew that I was fueled on that first day by adrenaline and enthusiasm for what I was doing, and I knew that Saturday would be so much harder.

Day 2
When I read in the underground guide that you can hear everything that goes on in the tents around you, I didn’t quote realize just how serious that was until I was woken up at 5am by the two ladies in the tent across the way having a conversation. They weren’t talking very loudly but it was loud enough to keep me from going back to sleep. So I got out of my tent and decided that if I was awake, Paul would be too. The route opened at 7:15am and we got out at about 7:45 after a nice hearty breakfast. Me with my eggs and biscuit and Paul with his oatmeal and double order of bacon. I must say that Paul was a trooper that morning. I work up cranky and tired and stayed that way for at least a few hours. Paul walked next to me the whole time, holding my hand and trying to keep my spirits up.

The route on Day 2 took us through some beautiful Maryland neighborhoods; giant houses and extensive lawns. We walked through Chevy Chase and downtown Bethesda. It rained on and off all morning; going cold to warm and back again which meant a lot of taking sweatshirts and ponchos on and off and on. And I was right about Day 2 being that much harder than Day 1. There wasn’t the same amount of adrenaline as there was on Day 1 or there would be on Day 3, and we already had a full day of walking in us. I really felt each mile as we were walking. Thank goodness for the cheering stations along the way! Never underestimate the power of someone telling you good work and thanks for walking. There was a serious spike in energy as we passed through the groups and it lasted about another mile before my feet started to hurt and my legs wanted to stop again. There were times when it literally felt like Paul was pulling me along. Lots of people commented that it was cute how we held hands as we were walking, it was really just so I wouldn’t lay down where I was and take a nap.

The level of support everywhere we went was amazing! Signs on people’s doors, on their mailboxes, on their cars. People would sit on their front steps clapping and waving pink flags or shirts or whatever they owned that was pink. People put water near the sidewalk for us, there was even a woman who stood in her driveway offering her bathroom or a glass of water to the 3-dayers walking by. People who came to support a person or a team that was walking would drive around the route and stop and different places and cheer for a while before moving on to another location. It was amazing how every time we turned a corner there was another person clapping, saying thank you for walking.

Day 2 finished back at camp where all I wanted to do was sit down, so we went and got dinner. There we got to sit and AND eat, it was a win-win. We ate, we picked up our $3,000 legacy pins, which went nicely with our largest team pin (at 62 people, I think) and the largest fundraising team pin ($156,000 as of this morning!). That night was less windy, and I remembered my earplugs, so I fell asleep almost instantly.

Day 3

Yay for Day 3!! I woke up energized and excited for having gone completed the past two days and to be starting the final day of the journey. It was a bittersweet feeling, excited to complete the 60 miles and at the same time wishing it would go on. I got comfortable with the large group of people, with seeing a new face every time I turned around, with Paul saying good morning to everyone we passed. The first 8 miles flew by. We barely hit the first pit stop and went right on to the next. Lunch came at 10:45; Paul ate and I saved my sandwich for a later time which never came. The next few miles were a bit harder for us. Paul’s shins started to hurt and my knee started to ache. We pushed and pulled each other through, right into the National Equality March! THOUSANDS of people were marching towards the Capitol with signs and flags and chanting “This is what Democracy looks like!”. It was an amazing sight to see. I heard a lot of people saying that it was sad for the focus to be pulled off of the breast cancer walk, but I actually felt happy to see two major events happening in the same city for two amazing causes. Our route had to be re-routed slightly so we weren’t walking against the grain of the NEM march, and we were held up for a few minutes so we took that opportunity to watch from the sidelines. When we were finally able to continue we got to walk directly through the line of marchers, I felt like I was able to participate in that walk, if even for a minute. We were cheering for them in their rainbow and they were cheering for us in our pink! There was a lot of support coming from both groups.
We were re-routed by the National Mall and the Washington Monument, up through one of the universities and back down toward the Lincoln Memorial. We saw the “Holding – 1 Mile” sign and talked about how the 3-day mile is different from an actual mile. It’s a mile-ish. So we were 1 mile-ish from the finish line! We knew we were close when we were walking down the hill and we could see walkers who had already finished with their luggage heading to their hotels and airports.
Crossing the finish line I was trying to hold back tears and the huge crowd that had gathered to welcome us back. Paul was holding my hand so tightly and we were giving high fives and saying thank you to everyone who was there to welcome us home, as they called it. We got scanned in and I was told that Paul and I were 304 and 305 to return. We got our victory shirts, a rose, a few more high fives… and then we got to sit down.
And we fell asleep.
With all the people around and the blaring music I have no idea how we managed to fall asleep, but we were both out.
The closing ceremony was so bittersweet. Holding back tears, knowing that if I started crying I wasn’t going to be able to stop because I had been feeling the tears well up for the past three days. We walked ceremoniously through the crowd of family and friends past the Lincoln Memorial and beside the Reflecting Pool to the bottom of the stairs and waited for the whole group to gather. At that point we cheered on our crew; the group that had kept us going for three days. Fed us, entertained us, cheered us on and supported us through 60 miles. The 3-day crew is an amazing group of people, I have no idea how they all had so much energy right until the last moment. I read in someone else’s blog about the DC 3-day that it was the moto crew and the safety crew who were at most of the intersections that kept her going, and I physically nodded when I read that. They had so much energy it seemed to transfer itself onto us each time we passed one of them. They are a wonderful group of people.
And then came the survivors. The group for whom we walk for. The group of strong women and men who have already been through so much who came out and participated in this event.
Thank you to everyone who supported me, who donated, who sent words of encouragement – I would not have been there without you.
There were roughly 2000 Washington D.C. 3-day walkers, and together we raised over $5.5 million for breast cancer. Congratulations to us! Thank you everyone for a wonderful experience. Paul and I are already thinking about next year!