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Taking it to the streets: Federal Way resident will make 60-mile trek in Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day in August

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The effects of breast cancer hit Stephanie Squires like a ton of bricks. So the Federal Way resident is doing something about it.

Squires will join thousands of other men and women at the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust.

Squires and the other participants will walk 60 miles during three days to raise breast cancer awareness and to raise money for critical research and community outreach programs. The walk is scheduled for Aug. 25-27 in Seattle.

“I decided to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day again because my parents’ best friend, Sheila Riley, lost her battle with breast cancer and I wanted to do something bold to help fight the disease,” Squires said. “And what better way than to set a goal to accomplish something as challenging as the 3-Day. I look forward to marching through the streets of Seattle again with thousands of others as we raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.”

This year, in the United States alone, approximately 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer 3-Day participants have an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivorship, honor those who lost their lives to the disease, and collectively, have an enormous impact on funding for breast cancer programs.

“Knowing that the Komen Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust are involved in the Breast Cancer 3-Day assures me that the events will be well-managed and that the millions of dollars we raise will support the fight against breast cancer,” said Squires.

The Breast Cancer 3-Day in Seattle will start on Friday morning, Aug. 25 and end with closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 27. Thousands of walkers will cover about 20 miles a day, traveling at their own pace. The walkers will be supported by hundreds of volunteer crew members who will provide meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, hot showers, portable restrooms, safety on the streets and comprehensive medical services.

In order to participate, each walker must train for the event and must commit to raising a minimum of $2,200 (many walkers will raise more than the minimum). To help prepare for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, each walker is supported by coaches who assist in all aspects of training and fundraising, while clinics, meetings, training sessions and mailings provide ongoing support.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) collaborated to initiate the Breast Cancer 3-Day, a series of three-day walks that will raise millions of dollars for the fight against breast cancer. Twelve Breast Cancer 3-Day events are scheduled across the country this year.

As the primary beneficiary of the Breast Cancer 3-Day Series, the Komen Foundation will receive 85 percent of the net proceeds to support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. An independent non-profit organization, National Philanthropic Trust is the event manager and will direct up to 15 percent of the net proceeds to the NPT Breast Cancer Fund, a special field of interest fund for breast cancer initiatives.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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