Woman Walks Hundreds of Miles for Survivors

When Rachel Brown’s mom, Carol, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Rachel decided she needed to get involved in a big way. She took part in an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a series of 60-mile walks over the course of three days held in various locations throughout the country. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 for each 3-day event they take part in, and net proceeds from the events are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

Rachel, left, with her mom and sister at the Phoenix 3-Day in 2005.

Rachel’s first 3-day event was in 2005 and this year, she’ll take part in her 8th, 9th, and 10th 3-day events.  That’s more than 780 miles she’s walked in the last seven years (not including all those miles for training!) and over $30,000 she’s personally raised.

“This walk is truly amazing and inspiring,” Rachel said. “Sixty miles is tough and it’s a year of fundraising and six months of training, but it’s nothing compared to what someone battling cancer goes through.”

Rachel’s mom will celebrate eight years of being cancer free this year.

Rachel and members of the Bouncin' Buckeyes team.

To encourage her friends and family to get involved, Rachel formed the “Bouncin’ Buckeyes” team and together they train, travel and fundraise for all the 3-day events the members take part. In the seven years the team has been together, members have raised more than $140,000 for breast cancer research and local community programs.

“We also have teammates that are part of the “3 Day Crew,” Rachel said. “The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® simply would not be possible without people the commitment to become a crew member. Working on the 3-Day for the Cure, you serve as the backbone of the event – bringing it to life and becoming the support system for the walkers every step of the way.  Crew members are the first to greet the dawn and the last to tuck everyone in at night. Expected to work hard and toil long, often in the dark, heat or cold. As difficult as it sounds, it’s also that rewarding in smiles, kindness and gratitude.”

Members of the team at the 3-Day in Denver in 2011

Rachel’s goal is to walk in all 14 of the 3-day walks that are offered. In 2012, Rachel is planning to walk in the Washington, D.C. and Dallas’ events and has already started fundraising. She has or will be participating in the following 3-Day 60-mile walks since 2005:

Washington, DC:  2012
Dallas:  2012
Twin Cities: 2011
Seattle: 2011
Tampa: 2011
Denver: 2010
Boston: 2010
San Diego: 2009
Cleveland: 2008
San Francisco (crew): 2008
Cleveland: 2007
Chicago: 2006
Phoenix: 2005

In order to raise the necessary $2,300 to participate, Rachel and the team hosts a number of different fundraising events and activities that are updated on the Bouncin’ Buckeyes web site, www.bouncinbuckeyes.org.

The team’s most recent fundraising event was entering the Pink Glove Dance Contest.

Rachel and her team members are Passionately Pink

“We had 35 volunteers dance in Bicentennial Park Columbus, Ohio to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’.  The video will be posted on pinkglovedance.com from October 3rd-26th. Search for our organization:  Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure Bouncin’ Buckeyes Team and then you can vote for our video.  The video with the most votes wins $10,000 for their charity. Please vote and spread the word.”

Additional fundraisers organized by the team include a Euchre Tournament, Yankee Candle Catalog Sale, Just Pies Thanksgiving Sale and the Annual Golf Event held the Monday before Memorial Day (9th Annual Golf Classic is held May 21, 2012 at the Jefferson Country Club), among others.

“We value anyone that is willing to give up their time, talent, and treasures to help advance finding a cure for breast cancer,” Rachel said.

About the 3-Day
Since its inception in 2003, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure events have raised nearly $600 million.

3-Day for the Cure participants walk an average of 20 miles a day during the event. Participants are provided meals, snacks, drinks, shower facilities, tents, safety guidelines and 24-hour medical support—all resources needed for a safe and memorable experience. A crew of volunteers spends the entire weekend with walkers and staff to make the event possible. More info is available here.

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