Mother will walk 60 miles to battle breast cancer

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You can do it!: Mary Tansey shouts out encouragement to runners and walkers as they finish up in the 2011 Chicagoland Susan G. Komen for the Cure race and walk. | FILE PHOTO

Public Cheering Stations

Friday, Aug. 10:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sheridan Rd. & Elder Ln., Winnetka IL 60093

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Flick Park 3600 Glenview Rd. Glenview IL 60025

Saturday, Aug. 11:

7:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Beau Drive Park 590 Beau Dr., Des Plaines, IL

(Between Millers Road and Kathleen Dr.)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Woodland Trails Park 1500 E. Euclid Ave. Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Sunday, Aug. 12:

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lincoln Park (Just north of Belmont Harbor at W. Addison Dr., near Clock Tower)

9:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lincoln Park (Just south of Lincoln Park Zoo along Stockton Dr.)

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When 36-year old Nina Mueller was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in February, she went from daydreaming about her toddlers’ futures to praying she would live to see them grow. That’s when she began walking ­— training for the Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day — and every step toward her 60 mile goal turned the young mother’s worries into strength.

Mueller is one of thousands of inspiring women and men who will be hitting the streets for the Komen Chicago 3-Day, Aug. 10-12.

“Training for the 3-Day has helped me in my recovery,” said Mueller through smiles. “When I walk, I am in control of my body and nothing can stop me! I am alive, I am a warrior.”

Chicago area residents are encouraged to visit designated sites to cheer on Mueller and other 3-Day participants as they raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. These individuals spend months training for the event’s physical demands and fundraising at least $2,300 to help fund breast cancer research, scientific programs and community-based breast health and education programs. All of the participants’ dedication and preparation culminates by walking 60 miles over the course of three days.

“The Komen 3-Day participants invest a lot of time and energy into their three-day, 60-mile journey,” said Sheri Phillips, national spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. “We often hear from participants how grateful they are for the community support they receive while on-event and what a difference it makes.”

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