Local woman unite for three-day walk for Breast Cancer cure The shirt said it all: “What’s worth walking for – a mother, a sister, a friend, a cure.” This is the slogan chosen by Team Happy Hour, a tight-knit group of local women who participated in the “Breast Cancer 3 Day” last fall in Dallas. This annual fundraising event involves walking 60 miles over three days, camping in tents, and showering in the back of a semi truck. Allyson Evans, Penny Landers, Gina Knowles, Janette Horton, Terri Cribbin and Shan Biscette, M.D. faced the challenge and raised $13,500 for the cause. It is training and fund-raising time once again, and Team Happy Hour is preparing now for this event, which will take place Nov. 6. New additions for Team Happy Hour include Michelle Sisson, Stephanie Argueta and Melissa Christensen. Every woman on Team Happy Hour has been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. Evans’ grandmother had it “for as long as I can remember,” she said. When Evans was 12 years old, her world fell apart – her mother was diagnosed. “I don’t want my children to live in fear of that,” she said. Landers lost her sister to breast cancer. “She died when she was just 39. She was diagnosed at 36,” said Landers. Knowles and Horton had friends with the diagnosis, and Biscette, an OB/GYN at Northeast Women’s Healthcare, has to tell women they have cancer on a regular basis. The walk is one way these women empower themselves, to help them feel they can and will make a difference. Not just anyone can sign up and walk. There is a fundraising minimum of $2,300 per walker in order to qualify. All team members agreed that the fundraising aspect was a major challenge. “It was very stressful, but we learned a lot,” said Evans. In addition, the physical demands of walking 60 miles in three days require walkers to train early in order to succeed. “It was a slow process,” recalled Evans. “Our Saturday mornings were spent walking the greenbelt by West Lake Houston Parkway.” The team started by walking three miles last March, and by the week before the actual event in November, they completed an 18-mile walk. “It was a pain to get up early on all of those weekends,” said Landers. “But it’s rewarding when it’s not about you. We were doing this for people we didn’t even know. And that is incredibly rewarding.” Team Happy Hour needs as many sponsors as possible, so that they can meet, and hopefully exceed, the event requirements. For more information, contact Allyson Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit teamhappyhour.shutterfly.com/ For more information about the Breast Cancer 3 Day, or to start a team, visit www.the3day.org. To learn more about breast cancer and why early detection is so important, visit the Susan G. Komen foundation at www.komen.org. Photo: Team Happy Hour: members from left, Shan Biscette, Penny Landers, Allyson Evans, Janette Horton, Gina Knowles, and Terri Cribbin at the Breast Cancer 3 Day last November. The group is now gearing up for this years and, Nov. 6-8.

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