one month to go!

Hello, dear interwebs.

I’m reposting this letter I sent out today about the 3-day. If you’re new here and haven’t read the million or so words I’ve written about this event, here’s why I do it!

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WARNING: This is the most low-pressure fundraising letter you’ll probably ever receive!

As you know, I’ve participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day since waaaaay back in aught-four. I did the 2004, 2005, and 2007 3-Days here in Minneapolis; I’ve walked almost 180 miles and raised $10,000 personally for breast cancer research (my team has raised over $75,000 in the four years it’s existed). I’ve been co-captain of our team with my friend Wendy for three years now, and it’s been the most difficult and involving thing I’ve ever done. After months of fundraising and training, then walking 60 miles in three days, everything else seems pretty easy.

We’ve been meaning to try the other side of the 3-Day for some time now. In fact, after every walk, when we’re sitting on the ground wanting to die of blisters and dehydration, one of us says, “Next year, we’re crewing!” We all agree, but then a month later, we’ve forgotten about the blisters and soreness, and we sign up to walk again. This year, we actually made the commitment: we’re on the crew. We finally get to be in a position to support and encourage the walkers, and that’s very exciting.

Wendy and I will be driving a sweep van. If you’ve ever seen the 3-Day in person, you’ll probably remember the huge 16-passenger vans covered in bras and other goofy decor, with the drivers honking and yelling out the windows. Yep, that’ll be us, and it really couldn’t be more appropriate. Our job is to pick up walkers along the route who need medical assistance, or just some help getting to the next stop. We’ll give them water and snacks, and make sure they’re ok when we drop them off. A big part of our duties is just to try to cheer them up and keep them going: we’ve all gotten about 35 miles into the 3-Day and wondered why we would possibly do this to ourselves every year. But we know the answer to that, and I’m hoping we can share that with others.

This year’s 3-Day takes place September 19-21. It begins at the state fairgrounds, and ends at the capitol in St Paul. We crew members will be there all day Thursday as well for training, and will arrive bright and early at 4am Friday morning to pick up our van. We’ll be driving all day until the walkers all reach camp, and then we’ll be doing whatever’s requested of us in the evening. Sunday, we’ll arrive at closing ceremonies early, in order to cheer for the walkers at mile 60. I can’t wait to be there.

So many of you have supported me and my team over the past three years. You’ve donated multiple times, you’ve been to our fundraisers, and we’ve seen you cheering us on along the way. You’re the reason we’ve been so successful, and you’re why we keep going, knowing that someday, all of this will reach its ultimate goal: a cure. When I signed up for my first 3-Day in 2004, I didn’t know a single person with breast cancer. I’m sad to say that’s nowhere near the case anymore, but I still believe that there will be a cure in my lifetime.

As crew members, we don’t have the minimum fundraising requirement that walkers need in order to participate in this event. They’ll all be raising at least $2,200 apiece before they show up at opening ceremonies a month from now. Because of that, those of us on the crew haven’t been doing much in the way of fundraising this year; we want to give you a break too, because we know you’ve heard a LOT about the 3-Day from us in recent years. But if you’d still like to support us and show your continued commitment to the 3-Day, please visit my fundraising page. I appreciate it, and so does my team. I believe we can make a difference.

As always, your donation is 100% tax-deductible, and the net proceeds will support the combined efforts of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) Breast Cancer Fund in their mission to fund access to care and find a cure for breast cancer. If you don’t wish to donate online, please call 800.996.3DAY. Also, please ask your employer if they will double your donation through a matching gift program!

Also, please keep in touch! I haven’t talked to several of you in quite a while. Drop me a note, or you can find me on all the usual places nerds are required to frequent, like Facebook. I’d be very happy to hear from you. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you at the 3-Day this year!

Jenni

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