Three months ago I posted on here about the Adult Congenital Heart Walk taking place in Wheaton at Brookside Gardens.
In the meantime, with the help of 42 donors, I was one of the top five fundraisers for the 2016 Washington DC Area Congenital Heart Walk! Just $3 shy of $3500! Smallest donation: $5. Largest donation: $500. Love felt: All of it!
This year I was supported by my parents, siblings, in-laws, husband, aunts, uncles, friends in Hong Kong, family in Germany, friends closer to home, friends of my parents, colleagues, Do More with LES clients, families I babysat for, even my (retiring) cardiologist – so much love far and wide! Thank you so much!
Last Saturday I participated in the walk. See, I cannot say I “walked” because that would be lying. I managed to be handed yet another medical speedbump and was forced to be pushed in a wheelchair by my fabulous husband and a few little helpers. It was vascular surgery on my legs so that I can make an international flight across the pond for our upcoming honeymoon and physically, actually walk. I opted to travel, thus saving my leg and requiring the wheelchair. Big bummer, but still lucky enough to participate!
My brother-in-law, his cute daughter (almost 3), my step-daughter (9), my girlfriend, and her son (also, almost 3) and my dear ole dad walked alongside. My amazingly supportive (and thankfully strong) husband pushed yours truly in her wheelchair! Thank goodness for the carousel afterwards. The sun didn’t come out, but it didn’t rain on us either, so it was a terrific morning surrounded by love and support. Even at 39, I still feel like a pretty lucky kid at that event. It was nice to see friends from Children’s National there, too.
Thank you to my forty-two donors, and if you’re reading and haven’t yet done so, it’s never too late to give, as the cause and research will always be there. Thank you from the bottom of my ticker! Cheerio!