As we say goodbye to super-short Heart Month, a.k.a. February today, I want to share a few items of note:
- I am 1 in 100!
- I started my fundraising with the Adult Congenital Heart Association in their annual Congenital Heart Walk back in 2011. So this year is lucky #7 & my 40th!
- I have walked every year (except 2012, you don’t want the why!) with family and friends by my side all the time. Mom, Dad, a boyfriend, a fiance, now my husband!, step-daughter, in-laws, a niece, girlfriends, and most special – the daughter of a girlfriend, who was also born with Congenital Heart Disease. (that is right, we were 2 in 100 that year!)
- Friends & family & friends of family amaze me every year. This year I set a high bar for $4000 (10x my age!) and with just two weeks of fundraising complete as of today, I have raised $1445 from 20 kind, generous & super-supportive people. That’s an average of $72.25 per person! Average! I gave just a measly $40 in honor of my 40 trips around the sun! What will you give? As little, or as much, or as clever an amount you want to donate will be most appreciated and put to good use – all for the cause!
- Since you know I kept track, I have to say that my first year of fundraising was my best yet – let’s do it again! As of today I’m neck and neck with the top individual fundraiser to date for this year’s walk.
- Please – Join us April 29th – I promise it will be as spring-y then as it has been lately in the area!
For me, for forty, for the other 1 in 100
2011 w Mom & Dad
2012 – Just a Sponsor
2013, 2 in 100!
2014 with the Fiance!
2015 with M & Batman!
2016 from the chair!
This is why we walk!
hover over pics to see corresponding year!
Pretty sure we can all agree that January was full of Inaugural festivities, quibbles, rants and definitely some alternative facts. But beyond that, there was the day after which was one for the history (ahem, her-story) books as so many of us participated in the Women’s March on Washington. It was not necessarily a march, but more of a mass amount of women showing up with creative signs, catchy chants, a crystal clear crowd, and several pink pussy hats for what turned out to definitely be something truly inspiring!
This rowdy crowd of ladies (complete with a photo bomber, the photographer’s wife, perhaps?) was very fun to share the day with, and every day since doing various outreach by email, twitter, facebooking, calling and mailing. We hailed from Virginia, Maryland, New York, Illinois and Orlando, Florida to get city specific! We started with breakfast with the Florida delegation at the Library of Congress and were pep-rallied with “We Will Not Go Back” chants from Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz, my sister’s, younger than I, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy & Val Demings. Maryland’s own Steny Hoyer even made a rousing speech in a pink scarf! It was an invigorating morning! Then…we marched. Or rather, shuffled.
Pics from The March are all here!
But now it’s February and the man who wears cheeto colored foundation has gotten me about as down as I think I can get on life, so I’m shifting focus!
HAPPY HEART MONTH!
Why is it that the shortest month of the year gets devoted to the most important part of our bodies? I digress, see, I’m about through being perplexed by all of these questions.
So begins the I am #1in100 campaign raising awareness about Congenital Heart Disease as an issue belonging on the forefront to those of you who know and love me.
Born with a broken heart…