Laurie Cherry at the Komen 3-Day walk
Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott MacKay
Laurie Cherry, First-time Walker, Susan G. Komen Arizona 3-Day 

In the summer of 2012, First Sergeant Laurie Cherry found out she was being deployed for active duty, causing her to miss the Susan G. Komen Arizona 3-Day in November. 

The Komen 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men, like Cherry, who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. In an amazing display of commitment and personal triumph, Cherry continued her training and fundraising while serving abroad. Raising more than $5,600, Cherry completed the 60-mile walk from her deployment location the same weekend as the Arizona 3-Day. 

What can fuel this kind of dedication to a single cause? The belief that she is making a difference with every step she takes, the belief that she is bringing the world one step closer to eliminating breast cancer forever. This was a very personal cause to Laurie as a close family member was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. As the primary caregiver, Laurie quickly realized the impact breast cancer has not only on the individual but also family and friends. 

“When I finished the 60 miles, I knew that I had done something special for someone I care about very dearly and for all those touched by cancer," said Cherry. “The emotions were overwhelming and still get to me when I stop and think about what it felt like at the end of mile 60." 

The 3-Day® participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, and with every step they are urging people to take action in the fight to end breast cancer. 

To learn more about how you can join the fight to end breast cancer, visit www.The3Day.org and register for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day.