Saturday, April 29, 2006

March of Dimes Walk America

Today P, McKenna and I walked six miles to help raise money for March of Dimes.

Of course, all the money was raised BY ME beforehand...I raised about $1,500. Thank you to everyone who chipped in. Thanks to your donation, I am getting a $60 gift card to Foley's as a thank-you from the March of Dimes in addition to the wonderful feeling of fulfillment that I feel for doing the first truly charitable thing in my life since I was in high school aside from donating clothes to Goodwill.

The walk itself went really well. We of course were late (big surprise) and didn't start on time, but we weren't the only ones who were late due to the lack of parking. We actually started walking at about 9:30 and ended at about 11 am. At every checkpoint, we were rewarded with fresh water, Powerade, bananas (there's those bananas again) and apples. The walk was at White Rock Lake in Dallas, so it was very pleasant and breezy with the air off the water. One of my coworkers showed up that I haven't really ever spent any time visiting with, so we got to talk and chat the entire walk. It's amazing how you can work for YEARS with someone but never really get to know them until you are thrown together in a situation like this.

McKenna did great...we put her in her stroller and only had to stop once for a diaper change. No fussing, no crying, no screaming. As soon as the walk was over, it started to pour but we made it to my company's tent in time to avoid getting drenched, and had lunch...I nursed McKenna right after we ate...and all three of us (even McKenna) got t-shirts.

We got home, and all three of us took a nap. I can't remember the last time I took a nap in the middle of the afternoon...it was delicious!

And now I'm resting, gearing up for a night of scrapping, and thinking about how much my legs ache. Six miles...whew! I believe that meets my exercise requirement for the weekend for sure!

Thanks again to all the donors.

2 Comments:

Blogger Shannon said...

I'm glad the walk went well and that it didn't rain until you had finished! Congrats!

5:22 AM  
Blogger MarchofDimesTeamYouth said...

Dear March of Dimes supporter,

Your continued help and support is needed!

You may have heard the news …WalkAmerica is now called March for Babies. Our new name makes it very clear who we’re walking for ― all babies.

Now we need your help in getting the word out. Whether it’s in a blog, an email to friends or by putting this badge on your website … every mention of our new name helps.

Visit our Web site at http://www.marchforbabies.org/SpreadtheWord for our new logo and other materials to help us spread the word.

While our event name is different, our mission remains the same. March of Dimes is still the champion for babies – raising funds needed for research and programs that make a difference in the lives of babies and their families.

We appreciate your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at marchforbabies@marchofdimes.com if you have any questions about our new name or our event.

One day all babies will be born healthy, but we have to walk to get there.

Thank you,
March for Babies Team

March of Dimes Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

9:17 AM  

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