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

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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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