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!




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

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!


Raising Funds the Fun Way!

With 12 Chi Chi Mamas, there is never a lull in conversation or a fundraising idea that hasn’t been thought of!

We are selling:

  • Team T-Shirts
  • Chillaxin’ with the Chi Chis Koozies
  • Recipes from the Heart Cookbook

But, that isn’t all! We have quite a few huge fundraisers every single month leading up to the 3-Day event.

  • CiCi’s Pizza Day/Night: March 30th, 2010; We made $131 profit!
  • Chi Chi Trunk Show: April 17th, 2010; So far we have tallied $450 profit and we are still waiting to hear from several of the vendors!
  • Pure Romance Party: April 30th, 2010; We made $100 profit! Our consultant is still taking orders. Make sure you say Chi Chi Mamas so that we can get more of a profit!
  • Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast: May 22nd, 2010; Please order your tickets today from your favorite Chi Chi Mama!
  • Community Garage Sale: June 4th and 5th, 2010; We are looking for donated items to sell at our garage sale. Contact us if you have anything you can donate!
  • Flamingo Flocking: July, 2010; Help us END BREAST CANCER FOREVER by flocking people you know with flamingos!
  • Topless Carwash: July 17th, 2010; Could there be anything better than a Topless Carwash with the Chi Chi Mamas? If so, you let me know.

“Save 2nd Base” Softball Tourney and Carnival: August 14th, 2010; Register your softball team for helping the Chi Chi Mamas “Save 2nd Base”! Willow Creek Softball Field and Large Pavilion have been graciously donated for the day by the City of Saginaw, so come out, play ball and have fun with your family!

  • Cowboy Casino Night: September 17th, 2010; You win, hands down! Local businesses are sponsoring this evening for a great cause. MD Resort has donated the use of the Party Barn for this event!

If you have any other ideas that you would like to share, please do! Whereas, each Chi Chi Mama has the goal to personally raise the $2300, we want to make sure if any of us fall short of this goal that our fundraising events can cover the remainder. As a team, our goal is to be a power team and raise the most $$$ we can!

Thank you for your support!

My View

When Kristina set up this blog, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to write something on it. I told her that I just wanted to stop everything that I was doing and blog right then. Now look, it has been over a month and I never actually blogged! That is a part of what this whole journey is about, though. You get wrapped up in doing some of the more important things, like fundraising and walking, that you forget about or don’t have enough time for some of the smaller yet equally important things, like blogging. It is important to me to keep this blog going as a journal of our thoughts, our tribulations, our growing friendships, our fundraisers, and ultimately walking 60 miles to END breast cancer.

So, a little about me. I am Kristin Shirley, wife to Neal and momma to Jeg. We lost someone 2 years ago to cancer. Neal’s grandmother, Mary, got breast cancer and it spread to other organs. She never seemed to show anyone that this disease bothered her. She was always so strong and positive about what life had given her, whether it was good or bad. Grandma is the intial reason why I decided to walk in the Komen 3-Day.

Grandma & Jeg 6/1/08

I have come to find many more reasons why I am walking in the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I am walking for the people who have fought this disease and lost. I am walking for the people who are currently fighting this disease. I am walking for the people who are survivors. I am walking for the people who are being helped through the community programs the Komen foundation helps provide funds for. I am walking for my friends. I am walking for my family. One thing that I have learned through this is that breast cancer knows no boundaries and I believe that everyone deserves a lifetime!

Kristina mentioned to me that she was interested in walking the 3-Day in January. I told her that I knew a little about that and I had thought about doing it as well. The next thing I know, Kristina had signed me up for a Get Started meeting. I reluctantly went, because I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to sign up. 60 miles is a lot! But, when I got into the meeting I was so inspired that I immediately signed-up. I knew that we would have a lot of training to complete, but my reasoning was if Grandma lived with this disease, I sure as heck could walk the 60 miles. When I came home, Neal told me he wasn’t surprised, he knew I would sign up.

As inspired as Kristina and I were, we immediately started talking to friends about joining us in this journey. We came up with Chi Chi Mamas, just by tossing slang words around that meant breasts. (Everyone asks about the origin of our team name, so truth be told.) I don’t even remember just being a team of 2. We now have 12 members, all women from around the Saginaw area, all dedicated to making a difference. We have several other people (yes, there is a man who is thinking about being the token Chi Chi Daddy) inquire about being on our team. Our team is open and we would be honored to have a bigger, stronger team. Every one of our members is going to bring a different outlook, new ideas to fundraising, and give a fresh perspective to why we have all committed ourselves to walking the 3-Day.

I just can’t wait to see everything this journey holds!

Kristin Shirley

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