Hiiiiiii Barb, Alwaysrosie, Hippimom, and Sharentrials!!!!
The Cleveland walk was FANTASTIC!! Alwaysrosie, I wish you could have been there. If you want I can find out how you can volunteer next year and someone will definetly call you back. And you'll have lots of fun. Oh and congratulation to your son on raising such a great donation!! He's great! Hippimom, even if you can't walk the whole 2 miles thats ok. Walk what you can and then just enjoy your time there. Take the whole family and have lots of fun.
I walked the 5K with my husband and our son (he's 8). And anyone who couldn't walk the 5K and were more challenged could walk a much shorter walk and still be involved. The volunteers were very nice. Starbucks donated coffee and donuts. And a realty agency donated lunch. There were purple, green and torquoise blue balloons everywhere. Anyone who was a Lupie got a hat. And anyone who raised certain amounts of donations got tshirts and sweatshirts. My husband and I each got a hoodie sweatshirt. And a lot of other stuff for Lupus. The walk was in one of the Metroparks and it was absolutely beautiful. It was in the low 70's. We saw an adult huge deer in the beginning of the walk and then a mommy deer and her two baby's towards the end.
I have never been to a Walk for Lupus before and I haven't been to a support group yet either. I guess it's part of my denial this last year. My husband and my son wore a huge sticker on their backs that said In Honor of....(my name). And that felt really good. I felt so supported. So this walk was very emotional for me. I didn't expect how many times I got misty eyed. Seeing how many people there that had Lupus really hit home. And there are families that have many members with Lupus. Also there were 26 people who had past away this last year in Cleveland alone. And they read there names and rang a bell for each of them. That was the only sad part of the walk otherwise the whole experience was very uplifting, fun and hopeful. Everyone was full of smiles and laughter during the walk. And the walk was a challenge for me. I was worried I wouldn't make it. But I just went very slow and I did it!!
I hope to do the walk again next year. And if you can't walk that far it's ok. You don't have to walk at all. Just be there with everyone and talk and laugh. We left there with our feeling so good and happy.
And now I'm going to take a nap. LOL. I'm reallllllllyyyy tired.
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