On Sunday we participated in our second Gutsy Walk. This year our team raised $1387. Last year we raised $1550, so altogether so far we’ve raised $2937 for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and the important research they do. Wow! Thank you SO SO much to our family and friends who so were so very generous. Like amazingly generous. I hope you all know how much it means to us when you help us support this foundation. We feel your love, people! We are truly touched.
This year is Neil is obviously feeling much better than last year, when he had just very recently been discharged from the hospital. Still, Crohn’s is never far from our thoughts, especially hearing about friends of friends or extended family members who are currently suffering so badly. My heart just breaks thinking about it. Neil says I’ve turned into a softie lately, and maybe I have, but it’s his fault! I sure do hope and pray that a cure will be found soon.
Anyway, the walk! The kids were very excited about doing the walk again, and went straight to the face painting booth when we got there.
It was a HOT day and had been raining off and on in parts of the city, and the forecast was calling for thunderstorms. Neil made me stop at Dollarama and grab ponchos. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to rain but I knew if I didn’t get ponchos, it would jinx us for sure.
When the walk was about to start, Seth and Ben got right up at the front. We were waiting for a couple people to come back from the bathroom, and we told them that we’d have to wait for them. They were so ripped off to lose our first place position! Seth wondered if we would get a prize if we finished first. When we did start walking, they power walked their way far ahead of us. Neil’s dad caught up to them and we never saw them again till the walk was over. In typical Oliver style, he was completely depleted of all energy approximately three minutes into our 3k walk. Neil’s mom turned around with him.
Neil and Ivy and I walked with our neighbor, a teenager recently diagnosed with Colitis who was brave enough to join our team. I brought Ivy’s bike and she rode it most of the way, with just a few breaks. She did really well!
We were just rounding the corner, finish line in site, when the rain started. By the time we got back to the main area, it was raining harder, and by the time we got our ponchos open it was pouring. The walk did have ponchos there for participants, but they ran out, so I’m sure glad Neil made me get ours! Thankfully the rain didn’t last more than about five minutes, and really, it was pretty refreshing, after all that heat.
We picnicked in our ponchos, and headed home, another successful walk.
Thanks again to everyone who supports our family and the causes so dear to us! We love you guys!