Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's good to be humbled!

 Yesterday I participated in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. This is a picture of me with my Red Strider hat and shirt. The sign I am kneeling next to read, "Red Striders rock! You are why we walk!"

While we walked, it hit me. I am a Red Strider. These people are walking for ME!

I looked behind me and saw all of the people not wearing Red Strider attire. Those people we not just walking behind me. They were behind me in more ways. Ways that humbled me.

These people raised thousands of dollars to help find a cure for ME. These people took time out of their Saturday morning for ME.

After I took this picture, I started crying. My youngest two were walking with me. I told them that all of those people walking was a humbling experience.

What does humbling mean, Mom?

It means.... it means.... *pause due to tears I'm trying to hide*

Mom, what does it mean?

"It's when you realize that other people are more awesome than you are," is all I could get out.

These people that were behind me are awesome. They didn't have to be there. They didn't have to raise money. They did this because they are amazing.

At last count, this walk has raised a little over $30,000. Unfortunately the goal was more than twice that. Thankfully donations are still being accepted. My goal was to raise $1,000 and I'm half way there!

Why do I walk? I walk for not just me, my children's future, and those with diabetes. I also walk as a thank you to those who reminded me to be humble yesterday. Those who helped remind me that there are people in this world who are awesomely amazing. People who go above and beyond - just because they want to.

Thank you to those people!

If you would still like to make a donation, please click here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Is tomorrow Christmas?

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was filled with anticipation and excitement. My mom always told us that the sooner we went to bed, the sooner Christmas morning would arrive. One year, my sister and I went to bed at 5:00 pm only to be disappointed when we awoke to find out it was only 9:00 pm.

Tomorrow I walk toward a cure for diabetes. Just like Christmas Eve, I'm feeling excitement and anticipation. Tomorrow I will meet so many people who either have diabetes or care about people with diabetes. Two of my children will be joining me as the other members of my family had previous commitments. Although they can't be there, I know that they are supporting me. I know I will feel them walking with me tomorrow.

Please consider donating if you're able. Your donation is like a Christmas present for all of us. Not only will your donation work for a cure, but also provide information and support to those with diabetes while we work toward that cure. Together we can make a difference!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Will You Walk With Me?

This Saturday, I will be traveling to an American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

Will you walk with me?

If you're able to join your walk in your area...

If you're able to join our team at the walk or as a virtual walker...

If you're able to sponsor me, one of my teammates, or any walker...

you are walking with me.

Walking with me involves finding a way to support the American Diabetes Association helping find a cure as they offer support and education to those currently dealing with diabetes.

Whatever way you are able to walk with me, thank you!