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Walking to beat breast cancer

Eight Rosemount Middle School employees will walk 60 miles as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in August.

Tami Carlson has wanted to do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk for a while, but she never seemed to have the time. After being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Carlson made it a priority this year to walk the 60 miles.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," said Carlson.

Carlson and seven other Rosemount Middle School employees will do it together in August. The team consists of Carlson, Tiffany Kienitz, Christin Carlson, Tamara Colucci, Pamela Jaye, Ellie Mazzio, Kelly Mertz-Gag and Mary Thompson. Their team name is Walkers 4 Knockers.

During the 3-Day walk participants walk 60 miles. Walkers start on a Friday and walk 20 miles a day. The event ends on a Sunday with a closing ceremony.

The popular event raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which funds breast cancer research and programs supporting education, screening and treatment. The Twin Cities event will be held Aug. 24-26.

"(The 3-Day) is an amazing experience. It's really well organized and it's fun," said Kienitz, who is serving as the team captain.

Kienitz said everyone on the Rosemount Middle School team has been touched by breast cancer in some way. Each has her own story, but Kienitz said they all have the same goal: to show support for Carlson and others who have battled the disease, and to raise money for research to end the disease.

To participate in the 3-Day each person on the team has to raise $2,300 or as a team they need $18,400. The group hopes to do several fundraisers throughout the spring and summer months.

On March 8 the team held a fundraiser at Fireside Restaurant. Through the effort they raised more than $900. On May 12 the women will bag groceries at Cub Foods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kienitz said they plan to do some other fundraisers as well.

Kienitz has done the 3-Day before and said she was amazed at the generosity of people who donated.

Walking 60 miles is no small task and so the women need to train in addition to raising money. Kienitz said they will start walking soon. Susan G. Komen provides a training program.

For more information on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day visit The site includes a place to donate money to the Walkers 4 Knockers. Anyone wishing to donate also can drop money off at Rosemount Middle School.

For more information email Tami Carlson at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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