On September 24th, I joined 1,000 walkers for the 4th Annual Walk for Lupus at Druid Hill park in Baltimore. MD. The walk was sponsored by The Lupus Foundation ( DC/MD/VA Chapter).
The day was filled with excitement, fun , and hope. Pulling up and seeing the massive crowds of people warmed my heart. Most were there walking for someone, but there were alot of Lupic Chicks walking for themselves. There were lots of teams, church's, businesses, and sororities & fraternities in attendance, along with a high school marching band that kicked off the walk.
I was informed about the walk, 2 weeks proior, therfore I wasnt afforded enough time to put together an official team. My family walked with me under the name " The Lupie Chick". I would like to extend and heartfelt thank you to them for walking with me- my husband, Anthony, my daughter, A'yianah, and my son, Amihr. Your support does not go unrecognized- I love you!
I would also like to thank my supporters for helping me go beyond my fundraising goal:
Pamela Chase-Handon ( C.E.P.C)
Women With Standard Social Club
This team below was one of the largest teams at the walk. They were walking for a loved one. They had team t-shirts, banners, pictures, and butterflies. They chanted as they walked and I noticed a few of them cried as they crossed the finish line.
The walk itself was 1.25 miles. The walk was more difficult that I imagined that it would be. It was a warm day, the sun was shinning, and I'm not in the best "shape". Half way through the walk my ankles and knees began to ache, however I was determined to finish. I would go between walking and running through the last few laps. There was signs posted along the route that were encouraging-but one is specific put the fire in me to FINISH the walk!
The "warning" t-shirt was FUNNY- said exactly what I'd wanted to say for a minute now..lol..lol.. As I walked and read her shirt, I chuckled. I had to get a picture..
Words cannot explain the feeling of accomplishment I felt as I crossed the finish line, slightly behind my son and husband. My mini me ( advised me later) that she fell back so that she could snap a pic of me as I crossed. As I went through she yelled for me and said " you did it" ( hence the smile on my face and arms up high victoriously).
Click Here to view additional pictures from the walk ( you'll see a few shots of me and my family too..lol....lol..)
Click Here to view the 2nd gallery of pictures
Stay tuned for The Lupie Chick Foundation Walk planned for summer 2012.