My family gave.
My friends gave.
Friends of my parents gave.
My clients gave.
Former co-workers gave.
My friend, Pat, whom I walk with every morning gave…twice! Once to kick off my fundraising efforts and again as my final push!
My boyfriend gave and showed up early in the morning all the way in Wheaton to walk hand in hand with me and side by side with my parents.
I am a lucky girl!
Thank you one and all!
I was the 4th highest fundraiser!
They mentioned my name!
But this isn’t why I did it! No, I did it for people like the gal working registration who gave me my fancy new (and fourth) heart walk t-shirt. She was “inspired” by me. Her 18-month-old son has ventricular septal defect (the opposite of what I have). “You give me hope,” she said, “it’s nice to see you here & that you care. And wow, you raised a lot of money!”
My adult cardiologist was there, not only because she called me lost on her way and I guided her in from Georgia Avenue, but because she, too, is inspired by her patients and their families every single day.
My parents were there because they love walking and talking through parkland in Wheaton, Maryland – no, just kidding! They were there and walked together with me like they have all the years of my life. The countless months at Children’s, at doctor’s offices, at labs, in local emergency & waiting rooms, everywhere. Always.
My boyfriend, Ja, well, he was there because he “gets it” and he gets me, and understands fully why I’m so passionate about the cause. He stated that he’d walk, not because of the short distance, but rather for the “why”!
We had a lot of fun. It was a gorgeous morning, not too chilly, never hot, lots of hills, and a multitude of caring people, patients, parents, families and friends. I am a lucky girl.
$1725 was my grand total raised that morning with a total of two-dozen donors in all!
And nope, it’s not too late to give: http://bit.ly/1rxrg3W