A day of yoga, bunco and lots of raffles at KOSAMA Complete Body Transformation in Tempe will all benefit an Ahwatukee Foothills team as it raises its last few dollars for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.
"For me, it's awareness and setting goals," said Sherri Waite, a member of the local Mammary Musketeers walking team. "It's showing my kids you can do whatever you set your mind to, even walking 60 miles and raising the money. I do this for my kids. I want to set a good example."
Waite is part of a five-woman team for the 3-Day. They're all mothers who met at the bus stop, and eventually became friends, then book club friends, then walking companions and, finally, bunco buddies. Now, they're putting those bunco skills to good use for a good cause.
The team needs $2,300 more to reach its fund-raising goal. To do it they've teamed up with KOSAMA to provide a day full of events to get women active and talking.
The event is about having fun, but also bringing awareness to breast cancer. Melinda Fernandez, a team member who has walked three times, says that's what the 3-Day walk is all about.
"Every time you walk you meet so many people and are exposed to so many inspiring people," she said. "They say walking 60 miles is hard, but nothing compares to what these people go through. It's one little thing I can do that may help, so why not?"
Oct. 22 will begin with free yoga classes taught by KOSAMA's certified instructor. Participants who donate money for the classes at 7, 8:30 and 10 a.m. will be entered into a raffle for various prizes, including pink yoga mats and memberships to KOSAMA.
At 3 p.m. bunco will begin. Tickets for this event are $23 per person online at www.the3day.org/goto/MM, and $33 at the door. Many prizes and raffle items will be given away during the event.
KOSAMA is not the only business in the Ahwatukee area supporting a 3-Day team. Yoasis Yogurt will be donating a portion of its proceeds to "Linda's Girls" Oct. 16-22, and this is the fourth consecutive year that "Our Wings of Hope" will walk for First American Title Insurance.
Two women from Insperity will also be walking as part of the "Pink Patrol."
"Each one of us has been touched, indirectly, by breast cancer," Waite said. "Every day that we put this word out we have friends who tell us they have been affected in some way. It's very real. It used to be one in 20 women would be affected; now it's one in seven. It's very prevalent. With education and money for research, hopefully our kids won't have to worry about it."
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