Tallmadge -- Marlene Gilles, 40, of Tallmadge will be completing her third Susan G. Komen three-day, 60 mile walk in San Diego, Calif. Nov. 15 through 17.
The walk serves as a fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer research where participants walk approximately 20 miles each day.
Gilles has participated in two three-day walks in Cleveland and said she feels it's time to walk somewhere new.
"I originally did my first walk just to see if I could make it to the finish line," said Gilles. "Last year, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and that changed everything."
Gilles walks with her aunt, Anita Kaser and her sister, Angela Baetwyler. Their group is called "Grammies Mammies."
Gilles' niece, Kyleigh Slagle, plans to be in the Youth Corps and is also going with them to San Diego.
Gilles owns and operates the Spritz Salon in Tallmadge. The front of her salon is covered in pink ribbons in honor of those who struggle with breast cancer, including her grandmother, Betty Catalano, 79, who is now cancer free.
Catalano said she's touched by her granddaughter's dedication to the cause.
"I think what she's doing is wonderful," said Catalano. "She's so great at everything she does and I know she'll do good."
According to Gilles, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has donated money to Catalano and has helped her through her struggle.
Gilles' mother, Vicky Gilles, said she's impressed by her daughter's dedication.
"I think what she's doing is amazing," said Vicky Gilles. "It's so touching that both my daughters are walking for their grandmother. It is such a great cause. Seeing the walks (in which) they participated in Cleveland brought tears to my eyes."
Gilles and her group hope to go from city to city across the country participating in three-day walks.
A benefit for "Grammies Mammies" was held at Delanie's Neighborhood Grille Oct. 1.
"Our fundraiser went very well," said Gilles. "We had a nice turnout."
The restaurant gave "Grammies Mammies" 15 percent of food sales if the customers mentioned their group.
"My niece worked a table for donations," said Gilles. "These will go towards the trip to San Diego."
Each participant is required to raise at least $2,300 to participate in the three-day walk.
It is unknown how much money has been raised so far.
"The research done by Susan G. Komen not only helps breast cancer but also several other types of cancer," said Gilles.
For more information on the Susan G. Komen three-day walk visit http://www.the3day.org.
Phone: 330-541-9400 ext 4163