It’s Walk Season!
Coming Saturday is the kick-off to what I call the Walk
Season. Fundraising walks are special to
me, as they not only raise funds for worthy causes….they also gather together
people from all over who are affected by a certain disease or condition.
This Saturday is the North Country Heart Walk. I’ve participated in this for years because
it was part of my job, but the last ten years because my father suffered a
devastating heart attack.
Coming up Saturday May 16th, I’ll be
participating in another walk very dear to my heart, the Gouverneur Breast
Cancer Walk. This is an amazing charity
with no administrative costs. Every cent
raised helps women affected by breast cancer.
The biggest walk we participate in is Relay For Life for the
American Cancer Society. Starting out
with the parade of teams to the Survivors Lap, if you know anyone that has been
affected by cancer you will be moved.
The most personal walk to me is the Northern New York Kidney
Walk in Clayton to benefit the National Kidney Association. Kidney failure claimed my father’s life, and
my siblings and I have a genetic pre-disposition to the disease. I look forward to September 27th
and my next chance to walk with my friend Nancy.
The last walk of the year is the ACR First Frost AIDS
Walk. There’s a chill in the air in late
October, but it’s such a worthy cause.
Along the way there are other walks, such as the Operation
Restore Antwerp walk in August that I’ll volunteer at on my own time. Unfortunately the Walk to End Alzhiemer’s
that had been held in the North Country seems
to have ended.
So what’s my message here? Get off your butt and help out somewhere somehow. Find something has
affected you or your family….and fight it!