What could possibly make this group of women want to walk 60-miles under the Texas sun, snow, wind or rain (hey, it’s November in Texas so you never know)? It’s all about hope, really. Early last year, Lake Highlands residents Mary Wilson and Molly Cain decided to walk the 2007 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day in Dallas in honor of Wilson’s mom who had been struggling with breast cancer for 10 years. Before the big day came around, Wilson’s mom died from the disease. But the painful loss, which came just a few months before the 2007 event, only fueled the women’s faith in their cause. During their inaugural walk, Wilson, Cain and another college friend managed to raise $14,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which funds breast cancer research. This year, Wilson has added about 20 people to her team and they have raised $26,000, as of Oct. 1. Wilson says she hopes to reach $50,000. While Wilson has her own mother in mind, she says everyone has her own motives for joining and contributing. “Some of them have mothers affected, too. All of us have our own reason for doing it. It’s just an amazing event that brings people from all kinds of backgrounds together, hoping to make a difference.” Participants will walk Nov. 7-9 from Southfork Ranch to Southern Methodist University, spending the nights in hot pink, two-person tents. “The people who plan this are just unbelievable. They have it all figured out.” —Christina Hughes Babb
To make a contribution, visit 08.the3day.org/goto/marywilson.