Dr. Schulman Participates in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day

Dr. Schulman Participates in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day

As women’s health care providers, we deal every day with the directing our patients towards good medical care. Part of that involves referring for regular mammography and guiding our patients through the gauntlet of the inevitable call backs, needle biopsies and surgical referrals. 

Last December, however, it hit home when Nancy’s (my wife) sister died during treatment for her breast cancer. That meant three generations of her family had suffered with this terrible and all too common disease, her sister, her mother and her grandmother. Nancy’s genetic testing was, thankfully, negative. Somehow though, that didn’t seem like enough. It was time to do something outside the office, outside the box.

Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. In the last 30 years this fund has raised almost $2 billion for breast cancer research and community outreach. For us, this seemed like a logical place to put our efforts.

Getting involved in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day was not an easy decision. The commitment was to raise $2300 each in exchange for the chance to walk 60 miles over three days in the fall. As it turned out, raising the money was the easy part. With various events and solicitations to our friends and colleagues, we raised over $27,000. We also began training. Over the course of the summer we took longer and longer walks. Despite the heat and occasional physical set backs, we built up our endurance. We walked from Rehoboth Beach to Lewis; from Cabin John to Georgetown. 

The weekend of October 12-14 this year we joined 1,500 other folks to make our statement and walk 60 miles over three days. Our team decked out in pink and gathered in front of the DC Armory. Nancy was honored to carry the flag for her sister in the opening ceremonies. Husbands who couldn’t walk came to see us off. As the sun rose over RFK stadium, we began.

We walked west, through Capital Hill, then down through Southeast, to the waterfront, across the 14th street bridge and down past the airport. Over the course of the next three days we walked through Pentagon City, Roslyn, Georgetown and Downtown. We walked through Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, out to Chevy Chase and back, past the National Cathedral and through Adams Morgan. We covered the city like a big pink blanket, making everyone aware of our quest. 

At the same time, we bonded with the other walkers. We met people from all over the place with stories of loved ones affected by breast cancer. One woman we met had walked in 3 Day events in cities throughout the country, carrying the teddy bear her sister had carried until cancer claimed her life. Our feet grew sore but our hearts were full, knowing our efforts were helping to raise awareness and funding.

At the closing ceremonies on the grounds of the Washington Monument, Nancy again carried the flag for her sister. Standing on the stage she watched as a sea of walkers made the final steps of the journey. When we had almost all gathered in front of the stage, we honored those who have lived with their breast cancers. As the survivors walked in to the front of the crowed, we took off our shoes and held them up as totems to their struggle and successes. It was a moving and inspired finish to our three days.

Together, the 1500 ordinary people who participated in this event raised over $3,800,000! About 40% of that money will go to basic research. 60% goes to community outreach. We all know that breast cancer is not a single disease. There is no single cure. Yet, through the efforts of organizations like Susan G. Komen we can make sure that this all too common threat to a woman’s health becomes a treatable, survivable illness.

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