Two area sisters, Tina Jabs and Becky Conrad, know the importance of making a difference. For three years they have participated in a national event to raise money for a charity close to their heart. Their sister, Jenny Boyer, participated the first two years but took this year off but she was with them every step of the way. Their mother, Lynne Everhart, battled Breast Cancer and passed away in March 2002.
The 2011 Susan G. Komen Washington, D.C. 3-Day for the Cure began early on Friday morning with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Washington Nationals Stadium. Day 1 route featured the Nation's Capitol, the Botanical Gardens and the Smithsonian Museum. As Tina and Becky started the first day, about 5 miles in, the rain started. After a long wet day of walking, the sisters settled in to camp at Avenel Park in Potomac, Maryland. This was their home away from home for the weekend and it was a muddy mess after a whole day of rain.
Day 2 the women woke up very early (3 am) to the sound of "back up beeping" of dump trucks that were unloading mulch to make paths for the participants to walk on since it was so muddy. The day started out overcast and about 70 degrees but by the late afternoon the sun was shining and it was a little too hot to hang out in their little pink 2-person tent. Saturday they walked through Bethesda, MD all day. The scenery was beautiful and the community support was overwhelming. The walkers were cheered on by local churches, Girl Scout Troops and friends and family.
Sunday's route wound through Bethesda and the neighborhoods of Northwest Washington, DC. They walk passed the National Zoo and the White House and then headed onto the grounds of the Washington Monument for Closing Ceremony.
Becky and Tina finished strong all three days. There were approximately 2500 walkers and the Team Everhart 3 finished in the top 1% all 3 days.
This year the sisters met a new group of volunteers … Washington's chapter of the Youth Group. They are a group of young kids, ranging in age from 9 to 14, who have been affected by Breast Cancer in one way or another and they want to do their part in finding a cure. To be part of this group and participate in the 3-Day event, each one had to raise $500. They would come to camp bright and early to help the participants do whatever needed to be done and then they would come back in the evening to do the same thing. During the entertainment portion of the night, the Youth Group took the stage and were thanked for their support. Each one took a couple minutes to tell us about themselves and why they were involved with the Youth Group. Most of them had grandmother's who were survivors of breast cancer. There was one little boy who brought all to their feet with an overwhelming round of applause for his strength and determination to help find a cure. He was 12 years old and he and his little sister had just lost their MOM to breast cancer one year before. He stood up there strong and so determined to make a change so that no other little boys and girls would ever have to grow up without their Mom! As you can imagine … NOT A DRY EYE IN THE TENT! His strength was amazing and admirable.
Tina and Becky raised over $11,320 this year alone.Together Team Everhart 3 has raised over $75,000 in three years. Astounding numbers and an incredible accomplishment for this family to stand up, walk and make an impact.
“Thank you, again, to everyone who supported us this year … We could not have done it without your love and support.” Tina Jabs is so grateful . “ Together we will find a cure for breast cancer because EVERYONE DESERVES A LIFETIME!”
Walking in loving memory of their mom, Lynne Everhart And all the women battling breast cancer YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW!