A few months ago, another WS mom and fellow blogger Nancy posted she was getting ready to participate in Sophie's Run, an event to help the future needs of a WS child and to raise awareness about the syndrome.
A friend of mine, who also reads Nancy's blog, suggested we take our two little rugrats for a walk on the same day that Sophie's Run was scheduled, to participate "in spirit" since we couldn't make it to Oregon for the real thing. Well, that conversation lead to another about a few friends walking with us, to another which was "my husband will pay me to leave the house to walk", to another... well, long story short, we had 28 people and four babies in strollers walk 5K at a nearby park. So far, we have raised over $1,400 and the donations keep coming in! The money this year will go to the Williams Syndrome Association.
We had a glorious day -worries of rain disappeared as the sun came out and walkers began shedding their sweatshirts and jackets. We had kids on foot, bicycle and scooter, and many with big blue balloons attached to their handlebars and strollers. The path we took hugged a pond with glorious scenery. After the trek we headed to Angela's house for our "after party" and feasted. It was a beautiful day.
I can't begin to explain how touched I am that friends and family -- and friends of friends of friends! -- took the time out to help us with their support. There were nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, grandparents, friends and co-workers who walked and/or donated. Everyone has been extremely generous and kind and helped out in some way. Thanks to Denise for designing the shirt logo and to Angela's family for allowing us to have our "after party" at their beautiful home. And to Angela, a special thank you since this event would not have happened without her prodding, help and commitment. No wonder Brady is named after you! ;) LOL
During the Walk, I marvelled in the support that Brady had in just our little section of the world... the lives he has touched. (Our youngest walker not in a stroller was six, our oldest was 70.) I also had with me the thoughts of our other WS friends. In the video, you'll see Erik's red bracelet on my wrist as well. I realized I would never be in this WS challenge alone - I had people walking with me to show their support, people donating to help out, and people I turn to across this planet for help as well; hopefully they realize I am there for them as well.
I am so thankful for everyone.. and as I sit here and write this Brady is next to me and smiling, as if he knows what everyone has done for him. Rascal Flatts has said it best, "More then anything, My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it."
P.S. This is my debut as a movie maker... so I know I will make a better one next time! Thanks, Nance, for your help!