Monday, September 12, 2011

2011 Denver NF Walk

Yesterday was the 3rd Annual Denver NF Walk!  Sara and I have attended every year, so this was our third time.  The first year it was way too cold (below freezing), and it started to snow heavily half way through.  The next year (last year) it was like 95 degrees and the sun just beat you to death.  It was so icky and hot!  But this year, we finally had pretty good weather.  It was still a little warm (at 85), but the breeze helped a lot.  Third times a charm I guess!

By far I was more involved this year than I have been in the last 2 years.  The last two years Sara and I registered and just showed up to walk, and I did minimal fund raising for the event...around $200 each year.  

But this year I stepped it up big time!  I took the time to register early, made a team (bugging everyone we knew to join us), and by myself raised almost $700 for NF research and support clinics!  We didn't quite hit our team fund raising goal, but we did a great job and I'm so proud of all of them!

Of course we couldn't go and not take pics, so here's the highlights!

Here's the team!  We had matching shirts made, and it was great!

Here we all are walking in the walk.  It was a 1.4 mile walk around the lake in the background.

 Sara got the chance to meet Bernie, the Avalanche mascot after the walk.  There were also a couple players there.  The Avalanche are huge supporters of the The Children's Tumor Foundation, and this event!

Other the last couple years Sara and I have had various members of our family walk with us, but this was the first time we really had a large number of people come out.  It was so amazing to see all our friends and family come out to support Sara, and many others! It was also wonderful to have them meet and talk with Sara and I's larger NF "family".  And it was nice to get the chance to catch up with them myself.

I can't wait to do it again next year!  And just maybe our team will be even bigger!  

And we're still collecting donations for another week or so, please click here to make a donation to Sara's Striders.  No donation is too small!