Team BBB left to right - Ellen, Donna, Andrea
This past weekend Ellen and I walked 60 miles in the Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3 Day! We braved the cold (sleeping outside in fairmount park in tents), the wind, and the achy feet all in the hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer. As promised I dyed my hair pink (but the dye didn’t take). Instead Ellen and I went to Elayne James salon in Greenville, Delaware and got some pink hair extensions.
We started off this 60 mile walk bright and early on Friday (October 17th) at the Willow Grove Park Mall. (We had to be there by 6:30 a.m.) Once closing ceremonies were over, we were off and we walked from Willow Grove to Chestnut Hill all the way to Fairmount Park to our camp site. Once there we got our tents set up, retrieved our bags from the baggage trucks and settled down to camp for the night. (Boy was it cold!)
The second day took us all around Philadelphia from the Art Museum to South Street through old city and back to Fairmount Park to our camp site. (Never did a pink tent look so good!) The 3rd and final day took us out of Philadelphia through the Main Line to Villanova where we all attended closing ceremonies.
There were over 3,100 other walkers (both women and men) and 375 crew members (including medical staff) who camped with us, ate with us, and supported us in numerous ways along this journey. In the closing ceremonies we learned that the Philadelphia 3 Day raised over 8.1 million dollars for breast cancer research and community awareness events!!!!! Wow. In the end we were tired and worn out, but so happy to have joined together with so many others in this amazing event to work towards a world without breast cancer!
Happy Feet Before Walking 60 Miles!
Next weekend on October 17th, 18th, and 19th both Ellen and I will be walking in the Breast Cancer 3 Day. This is a 60 mile walk in Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for and about breast cancer. Our team started out named Historians Have Hope. However, after Joe Biden was nominated to be the Democratic V.P. we thought – we have to support Delaware!!!! Our team name is now Biden’s 3 Day Bosom Buddies.
All of the “Buddies” (there are 4 of us in total) have been training since May, have already walked countless of miles, and have raised a combined total of over $6346.00 for breast cancer research, screenings, and awareness activities!
Both Ellen and I are hoping that next weekend the weather is perfect (no rain, not too hot, not too cold). We’ll be starting our first 20 mile day at Willow Grove Mall bright and early at 6:30 a.m. As for sleeping each night – we’ll be sleeping in tents (pink tents) in Fairmount Park on the Belmont Plateau. Oh – and we’ll also be using Porto Potties all weekend long! I’m sure our feet and muscles will be sore and achy, but it’s all for a good cause.
If anyone is interested in finding out more information about this event, please contact either Ellen or I. Of course we’re still accepting donations – you can visit www.the3day.org to make a donation. (Search our team name using the search feature.)
We’ll make sure to post information about our experiences next week after recovering from the walk! I’ll post pictures or links to pictures – including some of me with my hair dyed pink, which I’ll be doing Wednesday of next week just for this event! (I’m trying to convince Ellen to dye her hair pink too.)