Isanti woman continues her fight against breast cancer

Dear Editor:

Yes, I’m doing it again. I signed up for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day. This is my seventh year (420 miles). I’ve had life changing experiences doing the Komen 3-Day the last seven years and I’m going back for more. I’m so excited about this event. I know what I’ve gotten myself into and I’m dragging more women with me. Our team this year is “Treasured Chests,” saving generations and we are 10 women strong. Mo and Beaner, my daughters, will be joining me again this year.

I’m from Isanti, and I’ve again committed to walk 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day along with thousands of other women and men who are walking to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer.

I’ve already embarked on a physical and emotional journey in preparing for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Like other Komen 3-Day participants, I will spend months training for the event’s physical demands and fundraising at least $2,300 to help fund innovative breast cancer research, scientific programs and community outreach programs. All of the participants’ dedication and preparation culminates by walking 60 miles over the course of three days.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is the boldest breast cancer event of its kind, with equally bold commitments. Participants are asked to walk farther and raise more money than any other event. However, the choice to participate was easy for me. Since starting this journey seven years ago, I have walked for six survivors who have become my friends. The relationships that are built have gone beyond a few months of planning, training, walking and camping. This is a sisterhood. We are called and committed.

If you have any questions or want to hear more about what I’m doing, give me a call, I love talking about the event. Thanks for all of your support. I’m incredibly lucky to have people like you in my life.

The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day is a place in a world where differences are embraced, bonds are formed, and every moment — from the Opening Ceremony on Friday morning, Aug. 23 to Closing Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25 — is full of meaning, emotion and celebration. Walkers cover about 20 miles a day with hundreds of dedicated volunteers and crew members supporting the walkers through the three-day journey.

Each year, more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and nearly 2,000 cases are diagnosed in men in the U.S. To help me reach my goal of a world without breast cancer, make a donation to my team or join my team by visiting Treasured Chests – Saving Generations Team at To learn how to participate or volunteer with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, visit or call 800-996-3DAY for more information.

Ronda Fenlon