I know you've been waiting for this. Well maybe not but here it is anyway.

You have all been so great with monetary support. If you are in town and would like to provide verbal support or childcare support for deal Kyle or candy support for the 3-Day Buffet :) please come.

Before the Event

Getting ready for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ is a big job. Here are some ways to support me before the big day arrives.

Write a letter expressing your love and support, which Susan G. Komen will deliver to me during the event.

Send letters to:

3-Day for the Cure

ATTN: Eryn Stennes

P.O. Box 25617

Woodbury, MN 55125

Envelopes only, please. No boxes or large packages. Mail must be postmarked no later than August 10 in order to ensure delivery at the Komen 3-Day for the Cure Camp Post Office. Please note: This address is not the actual location of camp, but a PO Box for mail delivery only. Any mail that is not received by the 3-Day for the Cure by the date above or retrieved by the participant by September 5 will be destroyed.

Organize a group to host your very own private cheering station. (Contact kriebe@event360.com for more information.)

Organize a group of Camp Angels to assist participants with setting up and striking tents and unloading gear. (Contact jrau@event360.com for more information.)

Help raise money. Ask your participant how you can get involved in her/his fundraising plan. Team Fight For Betty Boop still has members trying to reach the minimum goal. If you are able to give, please visit Team Fight For Betty Boop to help the team.

Join your participant on a training walk.

Join me for Opening Ceremony

The Komen 3-Day for the Cure begins early Friday morning with the Opening Ceremony. When you arrive, take a moment to write the names of the people in your life who have lost their lives to breast cancer on the white ribbons we will provide. Those ribbons will be used to create a special memorial flag that will be raised during the ceremony.

This celebration is not just for participants. Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair. Please allow extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion at the site.

After the Opening Ceremony is over, participants will begin walking the 60-mile route and start a journey of a lifetime. It will be even more special if you are there to help send them off with smiles and encouragement. We'll also have the Shop3Day.com™ store on site if you'd like to purchase a souvenir for yourself or a participant.

Friday, August 20

Southdale Center

10 Southdale Center

Edina, MN 55435

Schedule for the Day:

7:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.

Support me at a Cheering Stations

Public cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage me and let us know that you are with us every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering us on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets us to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make us smile, get energized and keep walking.

Cheering Station locations and times will be posted approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

On some portions of the route you may find some areas that are deemed “quiet zones” which will be indicated by signage on the route. Please respect our neighborhoods and communities during this time

Show support While at Home

Capture the 3-Day for the Cure in the news: While walkers are taking steps to end breast cancer, save any media coverage of the 3-Day for the Cure. Aside from being a nice addition to 3-Day for the Cure memorabilia, it will show the impact on the community.

Engage the kids in the cause: Since holding down the fort may include taking care of the kids, you can make this time meaningful by connecting them with the breast cancer cause.

Have them create signs or decorations if they are able to go to a cheering station.

Have them create a welcome home banner.

Give them journals so they can write or draw what they’ve been doing for three days.

Have them plan a welcome home meal or put together a care package with goodies, movies, comfy slippers, etc.

Use this as an opportunity to talk to your kids about community, helping others and making a difference in the world.

Or come to Closing Ceremony

After three days and 60 miles, we will take a final and incredibly emotional victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. Friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to get the best view of the program.

If you wish to meet me before the Ceremony begins, please meet me at the Closing Ceremony site.

Sunday, August 22 @ 4:30 p.m.

Minnesota State Capitol Grounds

109 Aurora Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55103

Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair.

And even After the Event

This is from the 3-Day site so don't think I'm making this up...

I will have participated in two emotional celebrations, a challenging 60-mile journey and a life-changing experience in just three days. Now, it’s time to go back home. Here are some tips on how to help make a smooth transition back to their daily routine.

"Have a welcome home meal prepared and make it an evening of rest and relaxation.

Encourage your participant to share the 3-Day for the Cure experience.

If you can’t attend the Closing Ceremony, be sure to ask how much money was raised!

Unpack, clean and put away gear.

Share the newspaper articles or news footage that you’ve collected over the weekend.

The following day, give your participant a massage or schedule a day of pampering at a spa. (I didn't make it up. THEY put it on there.)

In the days to come, help your participant write thank you notes.

Print pictures and assemble a scrapbook.

Get ready to do it all over again! Maybe you’ll be joining the 3-Day for the Cure in 2011!" We'll see how this year goes first. :)

Again, thank you for ALL the support you have shown thus far. It has helped me a GREAT deal!

Hope to see your smiling face cheering me on or get a helpful pick-me-up through the 3-Day mail.

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