Thanks to all who donated towards the Farmington cancer walk. We raised over $47,000. Mitchell, Grandma Mitchell and I spent the night from 7 pm on Friday through 7 am on Saturday morning. Survived a lot of bug bites and a major swollen eye from the bites but it was worth every minute and every bite. There were over 900 luminary bags with the names of survivors and those that have passed and it was such an emotional event.
Most of you know that I lost my dad to luekemia when I was 16, he was only 36 and even after all these years you can not attend an event like this without getting choked up.
Again, thank you. I will be closing out my donations on August 31st and as of Friday night my team was in third place overall for raising funds. It was a lot of work but how rewarding! We laughed, we cried, we sang, we sat in silence, we remembered, we prayed, we hugged, we walked, and we walked, and we walked so that others may never know what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer.
I know you might say that I am a hypocrit because I smoke and I put all of this work in to cancer awareness, maybe it's my trade off. I wanted to show my kids what it is like to volunteer, what it is like to have a passion for something, what it is to give of your time so that others may benefit and have a better life. I walked for my dad, for my family, for my neighbors, for my friends and for my kids and yours kids and their kids.
So get ready because you know that I will ask all of you again next year. (smiles)