SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Just three months to go until thousands of San Diegans will walk 60 miles to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. I had a chance to train Wednesday at Lake Miramar with a team of local women preparing for their first walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For the Cure.
You don't just walk 60 miles in three days without weeks and weeks of advance training. Raquel Dondelinger and Maricella Villegas are part of Team We Love Boo Bees, training for their first 3-Day walk coming up in November.
San Diego is the largest 3-Day walk event in the nation, raising millions of dollars every year for breast cancer research. Each and every walker is required to raise at least $2,300.
"I lost my mother to cancer. It wasn't breast cancer but it's very touching for everybody to go through that," Maricella said.
Maricella and Raquel are both military wives with children of their own. They find time to train at the gym or at Lake Miramar, but fundraising has been difficult. They sold tacos on the Miramar Marine base and took donations with a goal of raising $7,000 for their team of three walkers.
Next Thursday evening, they are holding another fundraiser at Hooter's restaurant in Mission Valley.
"It's a dine to donate, so you show up with a flyer and 20 percent of your check goes to our team account," Maricella said. "Have a good time. You go out to Hooters and save a pair of hooters, so you can't go wrong there."
With just three months to go, these women are looking forward to doing their part to find a cure.
"It's such an amazing experience and to be part of that and to be able to do it with my best friend, I just couldn't not jump at the chance to do it," Raquel said.