1. What is the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
Thousands of women and men come together, each raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Then they take their commitment to end breast cancer one step further and walk 60 miles over the course of three days.
Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds of this event go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Every advancement in breast cancer research, treatment, education and prevention in the last 25 years has been touched by a Komen for the Cure grant.
The remaining fifteen percent of net funds goes to the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund to provide a permanent endowment for ongoing support of breast cancer initiatives.
- In order to register for the Breast Cancer 3-Day as a walker, you must be 16 years old by the end of this year (2009). Minors 16 and 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also registered for the event (no more than 2 minors per adult).
- All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, in order to walk. If you haven’t raised the minimum requirement by the time you check in for the event, you can make a donation to your own fundraising account, put up a credit card to insure the balance and allow yourself four weeks after the event to continue to fundraise, or you can choose not to participate in the event.
- Each walker (whether you are on a team or not) is responsible for her or his own fundraising commitment in order to participate.
- The registration fee and all donations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- All participants must have medical insurance at the time of the event in order to participate. If you do not currently have insurance, click here for information on how to obtain temporary insurance.
- The Breast Cancer 3-Day reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse registration and/or participation to anyone at any time before or during the event.
3. How do I register for the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
Go to the Register page, select your Breast Cancer 3-Day location and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt. If you don’t wish to register online, call 800.996.3DAY and we will be happy to take your registration over the phone.
5. What if I can’t walk that far?
If you are unable to continue walking while out on the route, one of our support vehicles will transport you to the next pit stop, or ahead to camp, where you can rest and get medical attention if you need it. Your safety is always our first concern.
6. Where do we spend the night?
After a long day’s journey, you’ll spend the evening at the Breast Cancer 3-Day camp with your fellow walkers and crew members. We provide you with with a 2-person sleeping tent to share.
Camp will consist of many different areas, including dining tents, where you will eat dinner and breakfast, and shower and sink trucks for washing up. There will be a “3-Day Café” for relaxation and socialization, a stage for nightly announcements and entertainment and much more.
Part of what makes the Breast Cancer 3-Day such a memorable experience is the unique community that is formed at camp. For security concerns and because of parking and space limitations, our camp is not designed to accommodate family and friends. We ask that you adhere to a “no visitors in camp” rule. If you have a special reason for needing to meet someone while at the Breast Cancer 3-Day campsite, please contact us for more information.
7. Is there a minimum age requirement to register for the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
Walkers must be at least 16 years of age by the end of this year (2009) in order to participate. Minors 16 and 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event (no more than 2 minors per adult). Crew members must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the event in order to participate.
Volunteers must be at least 10 years old in order to volunteer for the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering on the event (no more than 5 minors per adult for ages 10-16, 10 minors per adult for ages 16-18).
8. Is there an insurance requirement to register for the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
Yes. All registered walkers and crew members must have personal health insurance during the time that the event takes place in order to participate. Though the Breast Cancer 3-Day provides emergency medical services without charge, personal health insurance is needed to cover the cost of any medical care received away from the event. For example: if emergency room or ambulance transport is necessary, insurance coverage may apply. Check with your insurance company for the terms of your individual policy. If you do not currently have insurance, click here for information on how to obtain temporary insurance.
9. Do I need permission from my doctor in order to participate?
Walkers and crew members of the Breast Cancer 3-Day who have significant medical history (or are pregnant) are asked to discuss their participation with their personal physician and get a letter of authorization in order to participate. For walkers and crew who are pregnant, this letter must be provided by their obstetrician. The Medical History Form that all participants will be required to fill out during the online check-in process specifies what significant medical histories require this note.
10. Do I have to carry all my gear while I am walking?
No. The Breast Cancer 3-Day Crew will transport your gear and tent for you to camp. You’ll just need to pick it up from the gear truck when you arrive at camp after walking. If the weather forecast is favorable, on Saturday morning, you can leave your gear in your tent, since you’ll be returning to your home away from home that night. As the sun comes up on the third day, you can re-pack your bag, fold up your tent, load it on the gear truck and begin the final day. The crew will transport your gear to the Closing Ceremony location for you while you’re walking.
12. Where can I find information about the financial results of the Breast Cancer 3-Day Series?
Each year, after all of the financial results of an event series are audited, a report card is issued. Click here to download a copy of the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-Day Report Card: Our Commitment to Action & Return to Charity Information.
13. Can persons with disabilities participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
Yes. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is committed to addressing the needs of all of our participants, including those with disabilities, in order to provide a safe and successful event experience. Coaches and tools are available to support every participant through registration, fundraising and training.
All Breast Cancer 3-Day event staff and crew members are trained to support participants with disabilities. We also offer a participant handbook addendum specific to persons with mobility disabilities to help them prepare for the event (available March 2009). This addendum includes a 16 or 24-week training plan for persons with mobility disabilities.
In 2008, the Breast Cancer 3-Day successfully offered a fully accessible event experience on the Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day to participants with mobility disabilities. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is proud to continue this program again in Chicago in 2009. This full-accessibility program offers on-event services and tools to ensure that all aspects of the route and camp are safe and accessible to participants with mobility disabilities. Read our entire policy on persons with disabilities on the Breast Cancer 3-Day.
1. What is a crew member?
A crew member is a registered Breast Cancer 3-Day participant who attends the event in a service capacity. Crew members do not walk the 60-mile route, but are onsite during the entire event (plus an additional day prior to the event for training) performing a specific job. The Crew is the backbone of the Breast Cancer 3-Day! Crew members are not required to fundraise, though we do encourage it and will support you in your fundraising efforts.
2. What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are needed to help with single-day commitments. It’s a way to stay flexible and still contribute your time, expertise and ideas to help make the Breast Cancer 3-Day a success. From outreach and recruitment, to training and motivating participants, to on-event roles and responsibilities, there is a volunteer program to fit your schedule, skills and passions.
3. What’s the difference between volunteers and crew?
The crew trains for their assignment during the months leading up to the event and travels with the walkers during the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Volunteers work behind the scenes all year long and during the event’s campsite and Closing Ceremonies. If you can give us a few hours or a day, you should consider being a volunteer. If you can commit to the full four days of the event (Crew Day on Thursday, plus the 3 days of the event) you should register to be a crew member.
4. Can I volunteer if I am already registered as a walker or crew member?
Yes, in certain capacities. Getting involved is a great way to stay connected to the Breast Cancer 3-Day all year long and really become a part of our community. Walkers and crew members won’t be available to volunteer for the Opening or Closing Ceremonies, though – those ceremonies are for them!
5. How do I register to become a volunteer?
Visit our Crew & Volunteer page to view volunteer opportunities available in your Breast Cancer 3-Day location. Then select the opportunity you’re interested in to register. If there are not opportunities listed that match your interest or skills, subscribe to our Volunteer Bulletin to receive important volunteer communication and stay informed of new opportunities as they are announced.
6. Are there volunteer opportunities for groups? How do we register a group?
Yes. We welcome groups of volunteers for our street teams, expos and Ceremonies. Please contact a Breast Cancer 3-Day Crew & Volunteer Coordinator at 800.996.3DAY to learn more.
7. Can crew members choose which type of job they do on the event?
After you register as a crew member, you will receive a crew handbook which will describe all of the Breast Cancer 3-Day Crew Teams and the type of work they do. Once you have read those descriptions, log in to your Participant Center and complete your crew assignment form. On this form, you can choose your top 4 choices of Crew Team. You will be assigned to a team by the Crew & Volunteer Coordinator, who will consider your preference as well as your abilities and the needs of the event.
1. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate and search by their first or last name.
2. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name. If you have a problem locating a participant that you are sure has registered, please call a coach at 800.996.3DAY.
3. Why is the “Donate” search returning more than one listing for a participant?
A participant has separate fundraising accounts for each Breast Cancer 3-Day they are registered for. So if someone is registered for more than one Breast Cancer 3-Day in a year, all of their fundraising accounts will be listed in the participant search.
2. If I can’t participate in the event, what happens to the donations that I have raised?
All donations submitted to the Breast Cancer 3-Day are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you are unable to participate in the event, your donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant. Your donations will go directly to the cause as if you had participated, and we hope your donors will appreciate supporting the Breast Cancer 3-Day beneficiaries regardless of your participation in the actual event.
Net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Days benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs, as well as the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, to provide a permanent endowment for breast cancer initiatives.
3. What if I haven’t met my fundraising minimum in time to check in for the Breast Cancer 3-Day?
If you your fundraising account has not met the minimum required amount by the time you check in for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, you have two options. You can make an instant self-donation or a delayed self-donation. The instant self-donation is a regular donation (credit card or check attached to a donation form) that you make to your own fundraising account.
For a delayed self-donation, you give us a credit card number to secure coverage of the donation balance, but you have four weeks after the event to make up the difference. That means that you can continue to accept donations for four weeks after the event to reach your minimum. After that four-week window, if you still have not reached your fundraising minimum, any outstanding balance will be charged to your credit card. If you reach your fundraising minimum within that four-week window, your credit card is not charged.
With the delayed self-donation, please note that you have only four weeks after the event to meet your minimum fundraising goal and mailed donations can take up to four weeks to process. We cannot allow extra time for mailed donations to process. We recommend that you submit any donations received after the event online.
4. How do the beneficiaries utilize the contributions?
Net proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. For more information, visit http://www.komen.org/. Net proceeds will also benefit the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, to provide a special field of interest fund for breast cancer initiatives. For more information, visit www.nptrust.org/about_npt/special_projects.asp.
9. Can the Breast Cancer 3-Day accept international donations?
Yes. The Breast Cancer 3-Day can accept international donations online with a credit card. International donations cannot be accepted through any other method because of processing complications.
10. For international donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered in the Breast Cancer 3-Day online donation form be in U.S. dollars?
Yes. For international donations made online with a credit card, the amount entered in the 3-Day online donation form will be in U.S. dollars.
11. Can a donor give stock as a donation?
Yes. The Breast Cancer 3-Day accepts donations of stock. Stock donations must be $500 or more in fair market value and publicly traded. For donations of stock with an active market, the fair market value is the average price between highest and lowest selling price on the valuation date. No fees are deducted from the calculation of fair market value. To make a donation of stock to the Breast Cancer 3-Day please contact 800.996.3DAY (800.996.3329).
12. Do all donors receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt if they provide a valid email address. For those who donate online, the receipt is generated directly after the donation is made and donors can print that receipt for tax purposes or personal records. For those who mail in a donation and provide a valid email address, the receipt is generated once the donation has been processed and is emailed to the donor. Those who donate $250 or more and do not have an email address will receive a copy of the receipt in the mail.
13. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will “match” that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. Please visit the Matching Gifts page for an outline of the entire process and complete instructions.
1. How do I join or form a team?
If you haven’t registered as a walker or crew member for the Breast Cancer 3-Day yet, you may register online and select “Start a Team” or “Join a Team.” Search for the name of the team you want to join and select it. Or call 800.996.3DAY to register and indicate that you would like to join a team. Let us know the team name, and one of our coaches will be happy to get you started.
If you’ve decided to join or form a team after you’ve already registered, call 800.996.3DAY and let us know so we can update your record.
2. Can team members share or split donations?
Each team member is still required to raise her or his minimum fundraising requirement. For the sake of the cause, we hope each team member will raise even more! The purpose of a team is to support each individual in doing more, not less, than they could do on their own. You can submit a large donation check over the amount of $2,300 to be split among members of your team who have not yet reached their fundraising minimum. This is the only case for which a donation may be split or transferred.
If this situation applies to your team, please contact us at 800.996.3DAY for additional instructions.
3. How many people can make up a team?
Teams can be as small as two members and as big as you can imagine! You and a friend can register as a team and then inspire others to join you. Once you register as a team captain, we will send you a team captain handbook full of advice on how to expand and support your team. More resources are also available on the Teams page.
4. What is the fundraising minimum for a team?
Each team member (who is a walker) is responsible for their own $2,300 fundraising minimum requirement. While the team can set a bigger group goal, there is no minimum requirement for a team other than the individual $2,300 requirement.