One of the things you'll hear discussed along the course next week, and may have already talked about to friends is why you are doing this walk. Everyone has their own reason.
For me, I'm doing this walk for a couple of reasons. While it's true, I've had family members, co-workers, and friends who have been directly affected by breast cancer - and may have more - I could have supported my fellow walkers with support from my wallet. But each year, CBS8 has been the media partner for the Komen 3-Day event, and each year my bosses send me down to the base camp to cover both the walk - and the weather - while the 3-Day is going on.
In all the years I've been covering this event, and all the people and participants I've talked to (both on- and off-camera), I have to say that not once - never - has there been a person doing this walk who HASN'T had the greatest outlook EVER on what they are doing. Seriously.
These are people (many of them breast cancer survivors) who have just walked 20+ miles. . .and are going to do it two more times in the next 48 hours. They're tired, they're cold some years, they're hungry pretty much every year when they get to base camp, and they hurt. But every single one of them has always had a smile on their face, every one has had the greatest disposition for someone who should be exhausted. Never a complaint.
It's the kind of attitude that gets to be a little, well, infectious. And it made me wonder why I shouldn't be part of it! The fundraising is clearly the most important part of the walk, since you can't cure cancer without the funds to find a cure. But the fun along the way is what really hooked me.
That's why I'm walking.