Hitchcock Walks 60 Miles in 3 Days for Breast Cancer

Dec 4, 2014

Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC's Caitlin Hitchcock participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60 Mile Walk in San Diego this past November. In order to participate in the walk she and her team members each had to raise $2,300. With the help from fundraisers and the community they exceeded their goal!

SJHL's Caitlin Hitchcock wearing her donor shirt. She was walking for everyone on her shirt on day 3

Above: SJHL's Caitlin Hitchcock is wearing her donor shirt. Each circle on the shirt represents an individual who she walked for on the last day of the walk. Those individuals included survivors, those recently diagnosed, those going through breast cancer treatment, and those that we have lost from breast cancer. Thanks to all those who donated!

The view from Camp. Walkers could stay right on the beach in a tent with other walkers

Above: The view from camp. Walkers could camp in pink tents right on the beach.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk takes place throughout each year in the following cities: Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and the Twin Cities. It is a life-changing journey where you meet survivors of breast cancer and those who have lost loved ones to cancer and are walking in their memory. Along the way you will cry and laugh, but you will come out a stronger individual in the end. This journey opened Caitlin's eyes to the disease and if we all come together, we can have a world without breast cancer.

The view when walking the first 20 miles. You can see the support from the community!

Above: The view from the route on Day 1. You can see all the cars and people supporting all the walkers!

Caitlin participated in the walk with her team, Go Pink or Go Home. The team consisted of six amazing ladies from the Lindsborg area as well as Salina. Each day they walked 20 miles for a total of 60 miles to help support those affected by breast cancer. Each day the small towns they would walk through cheered them on and even provided snacks, drinks, and stickers along the way! Just the support she received from the communities could make you cry.

Go Pink or Go Home team after finishing 20 miles on Day 1

Above: Go Pink or Go Home team on Day 1 after completing 20 miles!

Go Pink or Go Home team on Day 2 after finishing another 20 miles

Above: Go Pink or Go Home team on Day 2 after completing a total of 40 miles!

Go Pink or Go Home team celebrating after completing 60 miles

Above: Go Pink or Go Home team celebrating after completing 60 miles in 3 days to help fight breast cancer as well as help with breast cancer awareness and early detection.

Along the route Caitlin came across a few dogs supporting breast cancer!

Above: Along the route, Caitlin and her team came across some cute dogs supporting breast cancer!

Caitlin was able to experience this journey with her fiancé's Aunt Sue who is a breast cancer survivor of 5 years. Sue went to San Diego with the team and volunteered as a nurse to help those walkers that had any medical issues throughout the walk. She surprised all of the team members by being at the finish line on the last day of the event with a bouquet of flowers! All of the girls cried, hugged, and laughed together. It was a very special moment. Sue was even able to walk with the survivors during the closing ceremony!

Go Pink or Go Home team with their flower bouquets after crossing the finish line

Above: Go Pink or Go Home Team with Sue and their bouquet of flowers after crossing the finish line on Day 3.

At the Closing Ceremony, the dollar amount the 2,400 walkers raised to help fight breast cancer was revealed. Caitlin said, "When the announcement was made on how much all of us walkers raised, I cried! We raised 7 million dollars!" That amount doesn't include how much was raised by the Youth Corp group of kids that volunteers to help keep the community clean and support the walkers. That also doesn't include the money raised from local law enforcement groups and medical staff. With that kind of support, we could have a world without breast cancer and that is the goal of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walks all across the U.S.

Closing Ceremony took place right outside of the San Diego Padres Baseball stadium!

Above: The closing ceremony took place right outside of the San Diego Padres Baseball field!

75% of the net proceeds raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day help support Susan G. Komen's Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The remaining 25% helps fund local community and affiliate support and outreach programs.

Caitlin would like to thank all of those who have donated to her throughout the last couple of months. We have and will continue to make an impact to have a world without breast cancer.

The Go Pink or Go Home Team would like to thank everyone who has donated to our team!

Above: The Go Pink or Go Home team would like to thank all of those who donated this past year to our walk!

If you are interested in learning more about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walks, click here.