Each year people are inspired to join the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ and help erase breast cancer. Our congratulations to CSR’s Frank McSorley and all the other participants of this year’s 3-Day 60 mile walk. CSR was delighted to be able to make a contribution to this worthy cause.
Frank has written this report for us:
Last weekend I completed my fourth Komen 3 Day/60 mile walk and as always the experience was off the charts. I was back in Boston this year after experiencing the 3 Day in Philly last year, and it was great to walk these familiar streets again. It was also great to be back walking with my team “Men with Heart” (MWH). We are a special group of guys who really stand out when 95% of the walkers are women. We made it from Framingham to Boston, in our trademark yellow shirts in a sea of pink.
Day 1-Early Friday morning we were welcomed by rain filled skies into the Opening Ceremonies. The rain couldn’t possibly dampen the spirits of what we knew we had in front of us. After some dancing and stretching to loosen us up we set out in our ponchos and raincoats on the first 20 miles. We headed out of Framingham towards Newton and Wellesley towards our campsite in Waltham. All along the way we were greeted by some incredible crowds who cheered us on and handed out unbelievable amounts of candy, fruit and lots of support. When we got to camp it was time to grab our luggage and pink tent and transform a giant soccer field into a little pink city that we’ll call home for the next two nights.
Day 2-Every 3-Day walk is accompanied by that one moment that you will remember for a long time. This year mine came on Saturday when I ran into Gabe. Gabe is an 11 year old boy who became a fan of Men with Heart when he was just 5 or 6 years old. He wanted to support the Breast Cancer walks but wasn’t too interested in wearing Pink. Six years ago he saw our team walking in our yellow shirts and he was hooked. Every year since, he greets us in his homemade “Boys with Heart” shirt. A couple of days before this year’s walk I got a message from Gabe’s Aunt wanting to know how many of us were walking because Gabe wanted to give us pins that he had made. I made sure I had a special gift in my bag for him. When I approached him in his usual spot in the afternoon he come running up to me with a high-5 and gave me the pin. I thanked him and said I’ve got something for you too. I reached into my bag and presented him with his own Men with Heart shirt. The look on his face, when I pulled out that shirt, gave me a smile that I kept with me for the rest of the weekend.
Day 3-The final day is always bitter-sweet. You look forward to the last 20 miles and the walk through Harvard Square, down to MIT and then over the Mass Ave Bridge into Boston. It’s definitely one of the most enjoyable walking days. The crowds as we pass through the Public Gardens, Swan boats and Boston Common are incredible. This is when your tired legs need a push and the crowds definitely supply the encouragement we need. However, we also know that in just a few hours we’ll be at Closing Ceremonies looking back on the three days and also saying so long to many friends made along the way, until the next time we meet. This year the walkers of Boston raised $2.5 Million dollars. The long line of Breast Cancer Survivors at the Closing Ceremonies reminded us all exactly what we are all here for. More importantly they showed us why we have to keep on fighting until pink is just another color.
I want to thank each and every one of you who made a donation towards this walk or offered your warm words of encouragement. I couldn’t do these walks without each and every one of you. I’ve said time and again that doing the walks is really the easy part; raising the money is another story, but you have made even that much easier than I could imagine. Finally, I’d like to say that we are making a difference. During these walks I get to talk to many survivors and they want you all to know that because of you and your support, they still get to be mothers, daughters, grandmas, w, husbands and friends!
Thanks to you all!