This year I decided to get involved and try to raise some money towards our local Walk for Lupus. I have never participated in these walks primarily because they have always scheduled them late into the fall when the weather was really too cold for me to be out for a walk (no idea who thought that was a good plan) but this year they moved it up to early October.
Unfortunately all my friends had activities of their own and couldn’t join me but I did have my best friend there – my husband and my youngest son Ethan and of course my sweet dog Maggie to walk with me. I stayed up late the night before and made our team t-shirts. It was my first time trying to paint on fabric. I learned a lot. I think they turned out pretty good and we had a good time. Next year I know that I need to start earlier in my fundraising and see if I can’t get a bigger group together. I learned a lot about how they structure the teams and the websites for fundraising and think I could be more effective our second time around.
We were so lucky to have 80+ degree weather! I am so grateful to all those who contributed to my campaign and moved by many of the families I saw walking with their persons affected by this difficult disease. It was a great experience and I know that next year I can even raise more awareness. I would even love to do a fitness challenge group for people with Lupus! Maybe I need to start working on that now.