MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of men and women have committed to spend their entire weekend walking.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure started early Friday morning at Southdale Center in Edina.

Participants will work to complete a goal of 20 miles each day, 60 miles in total.

If you look closely at those participating in the walk, you’ll see them wearing white ribbons with names written on them. With each ribbon comes the story of someone who has died of breast cancer.

At the end of the walk, the ribbons will be used to create a special memorial flag to be raised during a ceremony.

The event is a place for breast cancer survivors to come together, find support and push on.

“I’ve met so many incredible women who’ve survived this,” said one participant. “And I think it was really nice for me to have that background when I got my diagnosis because I met women who’ve survived this, so it wasn’t necessarily the death sentence it was for my mom.”

One woman at the event said breast cancer isn’t the death sentence that it used to be, and that’s because of the money raised by events like this.

There’s still a chance to help this weekend by participating in the cheer stations.

“It’s an invaluable thing for the walkers to come around a corner and see a stretch of people and to hear them clapping and to, the people who say thank you for walking,” said one participant. “And just the support and the energy behind that makes it possible to go the next 2, 3, 5 miles.”

It’s also not too early to start thinking about participating next year. Click here to see registration information for the 2012 3-Day.

Comments (2)
  1. Dave Campbell says:

    I’ve heard that the Susan G. Komen organization has a very high administration cost and a low percentage going to research. Does anyone know if this is true or not?

    1. ouida says:

      I have also heard this, but can not judge the validity of the information.

      It is now becoming common knowledge that the majority of cancerous tumors in the breast do not require the radical treatment that have been undertaken for years. The majority of tumors resolve themselves or can exist for decades never spreading to other parts of the body. The one that need be on concern are those which include the lymphatic system. In light of this, one may wish to reconsider radical treatment options depending on the type of cancer involved.
      Universities in England have done some extensive research that is well worth consideration.

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