Mary Beth Lawler Art Blog
On Sunday October 26th myself and six of my teamates participated in the 15 annual BHF Rays of Hope Walk for the Cure. It was a perfect fall day for a 5 mile walk in the Park. Forest Park that is, a beautiful, well maintained, large public park in Springfield, Massachusetts. We had an unusually mild sunny day with 15,000 walkers participating! It was an awe-inspiring sea of pink shirts and smiling faces. More than 420 teams, thousands of individual walkers, 80 grassroots events, hundreds of businesses as corporate or in-kind sponsors, and more than 25 schools helped us raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, education, outreach, and patient services and programs throughout Western Massachusetts. All money remains local! I have been a direct recipient of those monies raised and would not have had the extraordinary care and cutting edge treatments without it. ArtId's own Annie Steiner walked on my team, The Queen's Council. Alex walked as the Queen's Consort and I of course was Queen. My team raised over $1300.00 and more is coming in daily. I felt really good, but i wasn't sure if I could do 5 miles. I did, and I'm happy to say that I only have two toes that are complaining and no blisters. My team member Robin Cossin had us all back to her house for lunch and all in all it was a perfect day. We are already making plans for next year.