T-Shirts for Sale!!!

We have 2 different t-shirts for sale!!!
Save 2nd Base shirts for $15


Super-Power shirts for $20.

Let everyone you know about these t-shirts! There is a link on the right hand side of the page to buy your shirts through PayPal. If we don’t have your size listed, please email Kristin at krisd613@rocketmail.com.

Thanks for helping us create a world FREE of Breast Cancer!


Cowboy Casino Night

The Journey…

When I started this team with Kristin back in February, I truly did not know what all would happen between then and November 5, 2010.  I had joined so that I could walk for Mrs. Barbara, for Myself, for my Husband and our Children.  Then I realized, that I am doing this walk for everyone.  No one is immune to breast cancer, therefore I walk for you as well. 

We have had several fundraisers over the past few months, 99% of them have been highly successful.  We’ve really only had one that wasn’t what we had hoped for.  Along with those fundraisers though had been a lack of time spent with my family and friends.  That has been my greatest challenge with all of this.  How to balance my family and doing this walk that I so believe in.  There are times when I have thought that I will not give up one more Saturday with them for a fundraiser, yet I do.  The reason, because if I don’t, they could have a chance of having this awful disease.  So the way I see it is, if I miss a few Saturdays now, then I can have a lifetime of Saturdays with them later.  I want nothing more than to find a cure so that no one has to miss those special moments with their family! No child should be Motherless or Fatherless because of this disease when a cure is obtainable!!

We only have 9 weeks until we walk 60 miles in 3 days.  I still have $1620 left to raise so that I can participate.  I know that I will make it, because I refuse to do anything less.  This is my biggest challenge so far, and I will overcome it.  With all the support that I have from my friends and family, I know that this is possible!!  I will also make it for Mrs. Barbara, who since I have started this journey has come out of remission.  She is family to me, as are her children.  I want to make sure that she has a Lifetime of Loving her children and grandchildren. 

If you would, please make a donation to my page, so that together, we can eradicate Breast Cancer.  My gratitude for those that have donated, those that will, and those that “donate” to me in other ways is insurmountable!  Thank you to everyone who has been there for me and with me on this Journey.  Most importantly, thank you Brenon, Kaleb, Kameron, and Ava for letting your Wife and Mommy dedicate so much time to such an important cause! 




Silent Auctions!!!

To gear up for our Cowboy Casino Night we have posted some of our Silent Auctions on our FaceBook page. Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/chichimamas.

Chi Chi Carnival and Save Second Base Softball Tourney 8/14/10

So, when we had one of our first meetings one of the fundraiser ideas was to have a softball tournament. We decided on date, amount per team, location, etc. After a few weeks, I had the bright idea of including a carnival at the same time. I went to the recreation department and asked about renting the ball field and large pavilion that are adjacent to each other in the park we walk around. They told me the $ it would cost to rent them for the day and my eyes popped. “Ummm, do you think you can donate it since this is for a good fundraising cause?” Sure enough, the City of Saginaw was extremely generous with us.

There was so much planning involved with this, that I am not even going to get into. For one, I missed most of the meetings, and for two I wanted to be involved but not so much in the planning aspect. Hopefully, Gina or one of the other Chi Chis will write more about the planning process.

The week leading up to the event was a whirlwind for me. I was working on getting more donations for our raffle, making signs, making raffle bags, getting all the food and supplies, and making items for our cake walk. Whew, the event hadn’t even happened yet and I was tired!

August 14th started at 6:15am for me. I had the cooler filled with soft drinks that I had to get ice in, so I ran up to Sonic where they had donated ice for us. Then, because I had so much stuff to bring to the park, Kristina met me back at my house and we loaded both of our vehicles down. When we got to the park (about 15 minutes after everyone else) everyone was obviously starting to stress. Well, except for Gary. He seemed calm and ready to take on anything we asked of him. Thanks for being our ROCK, Gary!

Let’s see…we had a dunk tank, face painter, tattoo and hair artists, a petting zoo, treasure hunt, ducky game, cake walk, go fish, bounce house, The Game Truck, and a Sno-Cone vendor. We had hot dogs, nachos, pizza from Cici’s, sandwiches from Subway, nuggets from Chik-Fil-A, popcorn, pickles, candy, soft drinks, tea, pink lemonade and water. We had Scentsy, Discovery Toys, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, and Premier Designs Jewelry. Oh, and then let me tell you about the raffles. Each vendor from above donated a raffle item and then we also had free admissions/discounts from Legacy Photos, Roller World Northeast, Leapin’ Lizards, Laser Quest, Let’s Jump, The Little Gym, NRH2O, Six Flags, and Tornado Terry’s. If I missed anything, I’m sorry, but as you can tell we had ourselves quite an event.

Save Second Base Softball Tournament was a hit as well. We ended up with 4 teams that played Round Robin. Three of the teams chose to buy t-shirts from us and WOW, those were awesome!

We decided to get extras of this t-shirt and I am sure glad we did, because they are popular! We are selling them for $15 and only have a few left!

All in all, our team was phenomenal during this fundraiser. We ended up profiting a little over $2000 from the combined events which will help in our ultimate goal: raising money to find a cure for breast cancer. Every little bit gets us closer to that goal.

Now onto the next fundraiser: Spaghetti Dinner catered by Applebee’s on 8/26…Whew, so many awesome events!

~Kristin Shirley

Staying Positive

As Co-Captain of our team, I feel responsible for everything that happens on our team. Whether it pertains to fundraising, collecting money, or even holding the Chi Chi Mama store in the back of my truck, I have stepped up to let all of our team members know they can count on me. So, needless to say, staying positive about everything is very important.

Staying positive has been hard lately, though. We have had a few members leave our team, and that is deeply saddening to me. I know that several of the members have personal reasons why they are not going to walk with us this year, but I also know that a couple of those members have said that there is negativity surrounding our team that made their decision to bow out easier.

I know exactly what they are talking about.

Since this team was created, Kristina and I looked to our closest friends and people who we see on a daily basis where we work. Fortunately, we had quite a few people interested in joining us. Unfortunately, though, people that were not on the team were upset.  I don’t feel as though we talked much about the walk or fundraising around these people, or even much at all at work. I even invited them to become a part of our team! I know you can’t please everyone, it just stinks that the negativity surrounding our team spurred a few people to quit.

So, as of now our roster stands at 10 Chi Chi Mamas and 1 Papa. If I have anything to say about it, that is the way it is going to stay! We have a lot of fundraisers coming up and we need all the help we can get! I tell you one thing though, staying positive is a whole lot easier when you call upon a local business and tell them what you are doing and they immediately make a donation. Seeing the generosity of the people around me makes everything worthwhile.

Kristin Shirley

Flippin’ Hot Fundraiser!

What an awesome fundraiser!!! The Chi Chi Mamas ended up making $692 off of pre-sold tickets, and to our surprise our guests left tips as well!

For everyone that bought a ticket, thank you! Your support is getting us closer to our goal!!

Some Days

So our training has “officially” started for the DFW 3-Day. Several of us walked on Monday 5/17 and then again on Tuesday 5/18. The main discussion for my fellow 3-Day-ers and myself on Tuesday was how it was difficult to walk, though. Why are some days harder than others?

Gina, Diane, Shelly, and myself walked the first lap and we realized we were moving at a much slower pace than we usually do. We tried to walk faster, but we all still felt as though we were walking at snail speed. I had trouble with swelling in my hands and muscle tightness in my legs.

I tell you, though, the best things about Tuesday’s walk was the companionship from my other Chi Chi Mamas, the smiles from other people enjoying the park, and knowing that we are training for a cause that means so much to all of us. Without those things, walking would have been so much harder!

Some days may be harder than others. Some days our hands may swell, our muscles get tight, we may get blisters. But, some day we may have a cure. That is what makes “some days” worth it.

Thanks for being there Chi Chi Mamas!


Why I’m a ChiChi!

Walking in the Komen 3-Day is something I never really thought of until this year. I remember hearing the commercials on the radio and seeing the commercials on the TV.  One day I ran up to Walmart and saw Kristin and other ChiChis walking in the park. I must have been gone for about 2 hours. When I drove home, they were still walking! I thought to myself, “They are friggin’ nuts!”  Well, it wasn’t until later that I learned why they were walking. Kristin asked me to join, but knowing how much time it would take, I respectfully declined. Her offer stuck in my mind all day and all night for atleast a week! I talked to my husband about the committment it would take and he graciously offered his support. You see, without his support there is NO way I could do this! Thank you Doug!

Now, this is why I’m a ChiChi. Although my Mom lost a very courageous battle on July 23, 2009 to Lung Cancer, I’m walking for all of the daughters who have lost their mothers to Breast Cancer. Losing your mother/best friend/wife to your father/and MawMaw to your children is so painful and heartbreaking! There are some days I’m still in a fog about it. However, training for the 3-Day has helped me grieve in so many ways. I have met some pretty neat women that I hope to remain friends with after we take this amazing journey together.

I love you all! -Gina

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