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3-Day final preps

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Along the path of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, there are thousands of stories of hope and survival. This is Richie King's story. He did his first 3-Day in 2005.

"There was a young woman where I worked that was doing the walk that kind of convinced me to go ahead and do the walk," Richie said.

But it wasn't until after the 2008 3-Day that life took a terrible turn for him.

"I did the walk in November and (my wife) was diagnosed in the middle of December with breast cancer," Richie said.

The following February, Richie's wife of 30 years passed away.

"It was hard," he said.

Richie continued to walk to honor his late wife's memory. He joined a 3-Day training group, and in that group was a woman named Gail Ewing who was walking to honor a good friend that she lost.

"We met on a 3-Day training walk, talked all the way through it," Richie said. "At that point in my life I wasn't going to go through this again, so I wasn't looking for a companion."

At this point in our story, we pause for a word from our sponsor.

"Every walker must raise $2,300 to walk, that's their minimum goal for the year," Komen Board of Directors member Jenee Peevy said. "The majority of that money comes back in the form of research for the breast cancer treatment, education, support and outreach programs."

On Friday Richie and Gail will walk together hand in hand, because after a recent training walk, Richie proposed to Gail. They will be married next March 19.

"There's always a light at the end of the tunnel. I found mine," Richie said.

Along the path of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, there are thousands of stories of hope. You'll be inspired by those stories all weekend long.

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