Brady's Walk last weekend was a HUGE success! Just check out this picture above - Can you believe this picture? It was taken at the Park before we started the Walk. And it isn't even everyone - another six were not in the picture. Plus the MANY more who donated but were not able to come to the Walk. I think I counted 85 people AT the Walk. How amazing!
And how touching ~ how do I even thank all the numerous people who supported Brady's Walk? I received checks from people in the hundreds who did not even know Brady, they just knew someone who knew us. Since having Brady and experiencing the support from strangers, it has changed Tom and me profusely and forever.
The day was beautiful; the threat of rain disappeared and the skies were sunny and bright. Of course I was late getting to the Park, but the amount of people milling around waiting just blew me away. We quickly passed out tshirts and bracelets, took a couple of pictures, then we were off! Walkers, strollers, scooters, bikers, we all headed off around the lake.
We had six WS families there (you'll see in the picture here): Brady, of course, Michaela and her family, Lucien and his family, Coleman and his family; plus two people we hadn't met before - Truman and his family and Brianna and her family. It was exciting to meet the other families, who live not too far away. I hope we will get together with them again in the near future. I know we all see similarities with our WS kids, but Truman and Lucien were identical! They both had that tousled curly brown hair and big grins on their faces.
After the Walk, most of us headed to Ang's house for lunch and fun. Our Music Therapist Danielle and her mother had the whole sound system set up and sang for hours for the crowd. They were phenomenal! After lunch and dessert, we had some raffles that were a big hit. It was relaxing to just be able to talk to everyone, although you never have time to talk for long, of course! I did had out some special flowers to our host, Angela; my sister Kathleen, who donated her February Tastefully Simple profits for the Walk; and Laura for being the New England Chairperson for the WSA and being such a great source of information and support. I was a tad bit emotional (well... just a tad! LOL) but I am in awe of these people who have helped so much.
Thanks to everyone who brought food to the party; thanks to Danielle and her mom for the entertainment; thanks to (another) Kerry who designed the logo; thanks of COURSE to Ang for hosting -- nine months pregnant to boot! Right now... we have raised over $2,700 ~ plus there is still more money coming in! Woohoo!!!!
I will put together Brady's Walk 2008 movie over the next few days. I have a ton of pictures to sort through. I am so excited to have had such a glorious day and to have been able to meet more friends with WS. Thank you all so much!