The Pink Divas team is taking the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure by storm for the second year in a row, and the locally based team will walk for three days straight to remember the victims, honor the survivors and aid the future sufferers of the disease.

“We’ve made a personal goal of trying to raise $25,000,” team member Lorie Duncan said.

Team capt. Denise Owens said last year’s four-member Pink Divas team has since grown to 10 and as of the second week of August had raised $15,000 toward its goal.

“Being involved in this event with this group of ladies has absolutely drawn us so much closer,” she said.

The Pink Divas almost all hail from Ellis County and will participate in the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day in October, but training and fund-raising are already in full swing, with a garage sale, bake sale and raffle scheduled for Sept. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

“We’ve had a lot of big prizes donated to our raffle,” Duncan said, noting the community can simply “follow the pink ribbons” the day of the fund-raiser.

Tickets to enter the raffle will cost $1 and 15 items have been donated by local businesses to the cause, Owens said.

The Pink Divas will also have shirts on hand reading “I’m walking for:” to which family members can sign the names of their loved ones who have been touched by cancer.

The shirts are not a fund-raiser, Owens said, but will be worn by the team members during their walk.

Each team member must raise $2,200 in order to walk and in her second year as a Pink Diva, Duncan said people have been teered to join.

“I had a lot of co-workers and friends that when they heard me talking about last year’s event just really wanted to participate this year,” she said. “The event itself last year was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but it was one of the most rewarding. It was just so emotionally touching.”

Owens’ sister-in-law, Stephanie Poe, is participating in the walk for the first time and says she’s been following the 3-Day’s training program in anticipation of the walk.

“I’m excited about it,” she said. “I think it’s going to be fun and enjoyable being with my family and my friends and getting to fellowship and see some wonderful people.”

Poe wanted to get involved because her mother died of a form of cancer and she has several friends who are breast cancer survivors, she said.

“I just felt like it was something I wanted to try and help out with,” she said, and encouraged others to “Go with their heart — if it’s something that touches them, then go for it,” adding that individuals planning to walk should check with their doctor first.

Other members of this year’s Pink Divas team are Ann Hanson, Tara Horton, Brooke Owens, Sheetal Patel and Vandana Patel.

For more information on the Pink Divas or to donate, contact Owens at (972) 742-3982 or visit www.the3day.org for more information on the event.