On Sunday, we watched the Patriots squeak by the Cowboys.  Sam asked, “Are we rooting for the blue team or the pink team?”

It’s that time of year again, and the Patriots were all decked out in their Breast Cancer Awareness finest.

Y’all recall that I’m a breast cancer survivor? Sure you do.

Here are a few tidbits for you as we pass the middle of October.

01. The 3 Day

Team Pink Purpose

Ann Bevans, Brenda Walsh Cantarilho, Katherine Bevans and Mandy Sellers, a.k.a. The Pink Purpose!

I am so blessed.

I walked in the 60-mile Susan G. Komen 3-Day For the Cure in Washington DC about a month ago.

My friend (and the only member of our team who was not a 3-Day virgin) Mandy Sellers told me that the walk is like childbirth.  Your body remembers the beautiful parts and forgets the pain.

I’m so there.

To all those who supported my fundraising efforts, thank you!  Our team, The Pink Purpose, raised $11,537 to end breast cancer forever.

02. Marshall

One of the most enjoyable parts of the 3-Day was seeing Marshall.

Everyone in the 3-Day community knows Marshall.  He’s a firefighter.  He wears pink.  He does it to honor his three sisters, all of whom died of breast cancer in a span of 2 years.

Yeah, for real.

Marshall made Good Morning America, and you should watch it.  Because Marshall rocks.

03. Pink Fling

On the first Sunday in October, I was honored to deliver a keynote at Pink Fling, a luncheon benefiting The Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH) Fund at Carroll Hospital Center.  Unfortunately, there’s no video, but I did post this transcript. I happen to think it’s worth a read, especially if you can’t get enough of me.

It sucks that I have to make this plea…

I don’t mean to scare you, but breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.  If you notice a change in your breasts, get checked out.  I don’t care of you’re 15 or 50.  Go.  Go now.

To quote myself:

What is our most important job as survivors and friends of survivors?  We need to keep shining the light on this terrible disease.  We need to talk about our experiences so others know they’re not alone. We need to tell gory stories about how our cancer was discovered so others know what to look for.  And we need to make sure that everyone – young and old, rich and poor – has access to live-saving diagnostics and treatment.

Go Pink.