The Chicago area's Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk received a warm welcome Saturday in Mount Prospect as it wound its way through several Northwest suburbs before walkers settled in at Maryville in Des Plaines for an overnight stay and the final leg to Soldier Field.
The walk is likely to be the last in the area for the foreseeable future. The Susan G. Komen Foundation announced in June it is canceling half of its 3-Day fundraising walks next year, including Chicago, due to declining participation. The walks raise money for breast-cancer research and outreach programs.
The Mount Prospect Special Events Commission helped organize local businesses and residents to show support for this year's walkers by cheering, holding up signs, even decorating their houses in pink. The walkers entered Mount Prospect twice -- in the morning at Golf Road and Route 83, and again in the evening at Euclid Avenue and Route 83.
The community has been very supportive in past years, with people lining the walk's route and police officers directing traffic wearing pink uniform shirts.
The 3-Day began Friday at the Northbrook Court Shopping Center. Participants walk 20 miles each day.