Sunday, May 18, 2008

Great Strides...Great Success!!

The Great Strides walk in San Diego this weekend was a Great Success! Mission Bay was absolutely gorgeous and we had a blast! I was so touched by the friends who came to walk with us. Syndea Mendioroz came with Mique and Julia and Jess and Clint brought Owey too! Laura Brownwood was there with her friend Mike and Steve Netherby was also there to walk with us. The whole family showed up with all the kids and it was such a special day for me. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have Ryan there. Ryan was home at my insistence with a horrible sore throat, stuffed sinuses and a cough : (

Along with the loved ones that came to walk, so many people donated for Harrison's birthday and donated on my Great Strides Webpage. I was so touched and overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends (old and new) and even complete strangers. Our goal was to raise $10,000.00 and right now we are at $9,740.00. It is not too late to donate and we still have donations coming in so we are confident we will make our goal! Thank you all who gave so generously to support a cause that we are passionate about, you have truly made a difference in my life and in the lives of all those that are affected by this disease.

While we walked in San Diego, Chels, Cam, Ben, Lauren and Ethan gathered with "Ben and Lauren's Buddies" and walked the Great Strides walk in Maryland!! They also received an outpouring of love and support from their loved ones and their darling community. What a wonderful, hopeful day for all of us!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:

Grandma, me and Harrison

Kelli, Addie, Sawyer, me and Harrison

Me and Jess

Mique and sweet Julia

Syndea and Julia

Adorable Owen

Mom and Steve Netherby

Laura Brownwood with me and mom

Laura and her friend Mike

Harrison and Grandma

Dax and sweet Kaya

Zak with Jaydie and Zachary

Mom and Ric

All the Kiddos!

I am so humbled by the love, support and generosity of people. I hear negative things about our world and people, how you can't trust anyone and how our society is becoming more and more evil and I just haven't experienced the world and people in that way. In my life, my family and I have been the recipients of compassion and unconditional love and amazing kindness. I seriously feel surrounded by earth angels who lift me and give me hope and encourage me everyday. I hope that I can also be a light to those around me and always find ways to serve others in the way that I have been served. I just love people and think they are good and kind! Saturday was just another validation of that belief!! Thank you simply seems inadequate...


Christine said...

Oh how awesome!! Did you say we can still donate?? Do we just go to the same link you had posted before? I'm so sorry I hadn't sent you anything yet.

I'm so glad everything went great! How are you doing??

Send My Love to you Mom, Love ya chickie...

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

Shar- SO glad we could be there. We love you guys so much and it was great to be there to support you and all people with CF.
I was reading a blog I love and I saw this:
I started freaking out and wrote a comment to her about Chelsea & Cameron. What a small world.
Thanks for letting us join in and I'll be sure to help you get a little closer to your goal (which is incredible btw).
Love you! Miq & fam

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

P.s. Thank you for posting the pic of me in spandex! :)

Somer Love said...

Amazing job Shar!!!

Way to make a difference!

Brandon & Katie said...

Yay! I love blogging! :) I am so glad I've finally been sucked in. Your family is so dang cute, especially the little one!! I cannot wait for you to meet Brandon and he is very excited to meet everyone too. We will see you soon. I love you all!!

Emily said...

Wow, looks like you guys had a lot of fun and raised a good amount of money! That's awesome!!! Thanks for everything you do!