2013 Atlanta 3-Day Breast Cancer Gone With The Wind
Left to right: Nancy Phillips, Dorraine Webb, Tracey Livingston
Tracey Livingston asked Nancy Phillips and Dorraine Webb to join her in a 60 mile walk to benefit a charity. All three women are Nurse Practitioners, graduates from VSU NP program. They all work in Valdosta Georgia as health care practitioners. Tracey works as a family practitioner in Valdosta Family Medical Clinic, Nancy is working in oncology at Perlman Cancer Center. Dorraine is working in psychiatric mental health at Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia.
Tracey came up with the idea to name their team, “Breast Cancer, Gone with the Wind” to commemorate being from South Georgia and the affiliation with the well known Southern story of struggle.
Tracey, Nancy and Dorraine decided to donate time, training and donations in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. They took an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Komen 3-Day help fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and outreach programs.
“We wanted to contribute in any way we could and we knew we could do the training and walk if we could just meet our financial goal we set at $7000 total” stated Dorraine Webb. All three were soon asking friends, family and colleagues for donations while training by walking 3-7 miles a day, 6 days a week. They reached over and beyond their financial goal and after months of training, they traveled to Atlanta to finish the final goal of walking for 3 days, 20 miles a day from Friday, October 18th to Sunday, October 20th. They joined over 1100 other walkers in Atlanta. On mile 44 Tracey injured her knee and had to leave for Valdosta to get orthopedic care. Nancy and Dorraine finished the 60th mile by Sunday around 2 pm.
“I’m glad we did it! Now on to the next challenge!” said Nancy at the finish line. She is contemplating hiking Mount Fuji in Japan for her next warrior weekend!
At the end of the 3rd day, during the closing ceremony, it was announced that the 1100 walkers who participated at the October 18-20 walk raised over 3 million dollars that will be forwarded to research and community assistance for breast cancer patients.