Walking for the Cure for Breast Cancer

Newsflash - The 2015 coin and pin design will be released in January 2015 for pre-sales, prior to ordering with the intent to have them ready for distribution in the March/April 2015 timeframe.

A very successful fundraiser since the 2011 3-day season, is our Breast Cancer Awareness coin and pin that my daughter, Mollie, designs and works with the mint to produce.  The coins, for those that geocache, are actually a geocoin, including a tracking number for those that want to place them in a cache. To date, more than two dozen are circulating around the United States in caches, each spreading a little breast cancer awareness!  Our goal is to have a new design each year, with the front side being similar for each year and the reverse/back side being based on one of the cities we walk in or a specific theme.  

For 2014, the coin design was dedicated to my mom, who died in 2004 to breast cancer.  On February 26, 2014, it will have been ten years since her death.  To celebrate her life, the 2014 coin contains many features in remembrance of mom.

The front uses the woven ribbons to depict a heart that shows the love my mom gave to this world in so many ways and the love from all of us who knew her. The year of her death in 2004 and this year are also shown. Finally, a dedication to mom, a very special “pink angel.” 

On the reverse side, we represent my mom and the walk in many ways. The trees are for mom as she loved the peace of the forests and the time spent in them. She even worked for Smokey the Bear, having worked many years for the Forest Service! The road, reaching to infinity, represents the long journey we are all partaking in.  The cure for breast cancer is not easy, it will not occur overnight.  However, we all know that through all our efforts, the cure will be found and it will be found by each step we take.

For many of us who participate in the 3-day 60 mile walk, a very special part of the 3-day journey is the time we take reflecting in the Remembrance Tent. During our visits, we think of those that are either battling or have lost their lives to this terrible disease. We also spend time celebrating their lives, remembering how their lives impacted ours and by which we are better people. For myself, it is a time to reflect on not only mom, but on Zoie whose precious words to her mom in Boston in 2012 and 2013 have touched the hearts of many. For the smaller tents outside, it would have been easy for me to put Boston on the tent, but it was left blank as an honor to all the city’s tents and all the heartfelt words written.

Two phrases that mean a great deal to me, beginning with, “Step by step, we walk closer to a cure.” It is not by giant leaps and bounds that we are conquering this disease, but by the millions of individual steps that you are taking, each one getting us closer to victory.  Finally, something that we must always remember, “We Will Never Give Up!” No matter the length or difficulty of this fight, we must never give in to this disease! We must stay the course until we cross the victory line and celebrate the death of breast cancer and the lives of those who will never again have to deal with it. Hopefully, you will also identify with some of the symbols placed on this year’s coin and pin.  

The coins are 1.75" in diameter and are offered in a silver or gold metal finish.  Each coin will have a geocoin tracking number on the edge so as to not obscure any of the design.  For a $25 donation, you can have either a gold or silver metal coin or for $10 one of the pins, gold or silver.  A coin and pin set is $30. For your $25 coin donation, $20 will go directly to Susan G. Komen 3-day for the cure to help fund research, education and other support for those affected by breast cancer.  For the $10 pin, $8 goes to Susan G. Komen 3-day.

The following are the artist rendering of the coin and pin, where the lettering and edge will be available in gold or silver. Once the coins arrive, I will provide actual photos.

To Return to my SGK website to donate: 3-Day Donation to Jim