Leslie Cox hasn’t forgotten the stories.
“You learn all these stories as you go,” said Cox, 27. “It’s very inspiring to see the survivors do the walk.”
She’s talking about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, an event that encourages participants to walk 60 miles over the course of three days to support the fight against breast cancer. It’s held in multiple cities.
Cox and her friend, 28-year-old Rhiannon Harrell, have walked in the event for past two years. This year, the local women hope to participate again -- as volunteers.
Once again, they are hosting community fundraisers in conjunction with the walk.
Enter Kickball for the Cure, which will be held Sunday at the Britt David Little League fields.
Teams for the kickball tournament have already been chosen, but Cox and Harrell want fans to come cheer during the games. It’s free to watch and kids’ activities will be available. Guests will also be able to make a donation to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“We would love for families to come out and watch the games,” Cox said, adding that there will be an after-party for adults at Columbus hot spot Spicoli’s (5762 Milgen Road).
Both women have a family connection to breast cancer. As volunteers, they’re excited about encouraging this year’s walkers.
“I look forward to cheering others on because I know what it’s like to walk the 20 miles a day,” Cox said. All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 to walk.
Cox and Harrell hope to be involved in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day every year, whether as walkers or volunteers. Even if they can’t attend one year, they’ll still collect donations, Cox said.
“We really enjoy being able to put this together,” she explained.