This past weekend, 600 people completed the journey of a lifetime at the Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day®. Together, passionate women and men walked 60-miles over the course of three days in the fight for a world without breast cancer, raising more than $1.2 million. The Komen 3-Day is the longest distance one can go in the fight against breast cancer. These amazing men and women raised a minimum of $2,300 and walked 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, all while educating tens of thousands of people about breast health.
The proceeds will support the mission of Susan G. Komen® by funding breakthrough research and efforts to ensure all people receive the breast health care they need. To date, $58 million has been raised in the area through the Komen Michigan 3-Day.
“We cannot thank our amazing 3-Day family enough for their time and dedication to this cause,” said Carrie Stovall, Susan G. Komen Senior Director of Events. “Every step they take and every dollar they raise gets us closer to our BOLD GOAL of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. The Michigan 3-Day has been so supportive of Susan G. Komen and it’s been an incredible experience to build such a dedicated community over the last 16 years. Michigan, we thank you.”
Participants of the 3-Day have trained and fundraised for several months in preparation for the event, which fosters lifelong friendships and memories while providing the community a moving opportunity to honor those who have battled and for those who continue to fight breast cancer. Participants spent the weekend walking through Michigan communities, concluding with a moving Closing Ceremony today at Ford World Headquarters.
“To be a part of the Michigan 3-day is always an amazing experience of community support and encouragement,” said Barbara Boone, a 16-time participant in the 3-Day. “Being with the crew on this particular event and interacting with the walkers helped us create memories to last until we return to the Midwest-regional event in Chicago next year. Hugs, laughter, and tears were abundant and soaked in, making an epic impact on my heart. Our commitment will never waver until we have a world without breast cancer.”
The funds raised by the Komen Michigan 3-Day have helped Komen’s mission to end breast cancer forever, by contributing to the organization’s more than $988 million investment in breakthrough research and more than $2.2 billion for screening, diagnostics, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in 60 countries worldwide.
Susan G. Komen provides support year-round through its Susan G. Komen Michigan and Susan G. Komen Greater Detroit Affiliates, including local breast health and education programs and services that help patients better navigate their breast cancer journey and connect them with the care they need. Komen Michigan and Greater Detroit also host many community events, including the Susan G. Komen West Michigan MORE THAN PINK Walk® and the Detroit Race for the Cure.