Joe and I raised $965 for the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk. largely due to so many generous people who donated by downloading Kid Friendly Recipes. Thank you so much. The walk was yesterday…
We got up at 6, fed our dogs, Joe threw on a hat and I pulled my hair back. Registration was at 7:30, so we were out the door by 7, coffee in hand.
Before the walk started there was a celebration. The mayor of Plano officially declared November 21st to be St. Jude “Give Thanks. Walk.” Day. And though there were balloons everywhere and upbeat music, no one forgot the reason we were gathered.
The little boy, Sean, with brown hair was at the walk with his family and friends. They wore shirts that said, “Strong like Sean.” There were other children there, too, that are currently patients at St. Jude.
The people in the bright green shirts were part of a team called “Lineage Power Walkers.” They work with Sean’s dad. They raised over $30,000 for this walk.
This is Joe and me – we’re waiting for the starting horn to sound.
Many people chose to wear these signs on their backs, telling what they’re thankful for. This was mine.
The finish line – though it was a short walk it felt good to finish, not because we finished the walk but because I knew I was there on behalf of many of you – people who donated and supported this fabulous cause. It was a life changing experience as it brought to the forefront of my heart the simple fact that life is so incredibly sacred. I was reminded once again that in every difficult experience in life, there is love if I choose to see it.
Sean’s family was surrounded by love yesterday – not only by the hundreds of people who took their Saturday morning and showed up to walk, but by all those who donated and just couldn’t be there.
If you can’t take make a financial contribution, just take a few minutes to think of Sean and his family. Then, find a way to show someone in your life how much they matter to you. All we really have is today.