Me and Jess at the closing ceremonies in 2012
- from Maggie Raposo
In 2004 I was introduced to the BC3Day in New York City when I blindly got in the car with my parents and went to closing ceremonies to welcome Jacqueline at the end of her first walk. Honestly, I had no idea where I was going or that my life was going to change- I just knew I was supporting my sister in something she did to challenge herself. It was a last minute decision, one I’m glad I made.
Since then I have walked in Boston (2005) and crewed in both Tampa (2007) and Twin Cities (2012), and look forward to crewing in Michigan this year. In Tampa I was part of the Traffic Control Crew; we were responsible for keeping walkers safe along the busy roads and acted as security at the camp site. I met some amazing people and made some wonderful friendships from that weekend, and it is one I will never forget. Being there to welcome Jacqueline into camp at the end of her day, stretching her out and massaging her tired legs and feet (before I even really knew what I was doing) is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had and helped send me on the path of life that I have followed. It was then that I knew I was meant to be part of the crew. Last year in Twin Cities was an even more amazing experience, as I supported both my mother and sister on their walks, met with them at pitstops and water stations to stretch them out and send them on their way and greet them at camp with open arms.
I participate in this event year after year because I get to see first hand that there are thousands of incredibly selfless people in this country who will challenge themselves for the sake of people they love. They spend month after month training, fundraising and preparing, spend their own time and money to take the weekend off work and travel, sometimes thousands of miles, to participate. I also get to see the community of the host city welcome strangers and show their appreciation. People gather all along the walking route, handing out water and snacks, carrying signs and cheer to show how grateful they are. It is three days of unconditional love and support from people you hardly know, and by the end of the weekend you feel as one big family.
I crew for those I have loved and lost, those I love who are fighting the good fight and for our future generations who have yet to be affected.
I crew for grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters.
I crew because I believe in a world without Breast Cancer.
I believe that EVERYONE deserves a lifetime.
Jessica and I crewing in Twin Cities in 2012