Monday, April 11, 2011

Boston MS Walk 2011

Yesterday, April 10th, was the annual Boston MS Walk.  This was the 3rd year in a row that my team, The Bean Team, has participated.  I created The Bean Team just months after my original diagnosis on Sep 26, 2008 and we've been going strong since.  If you want to read about last year's walk go here and here.  Each year the team has grown in members and raised more money!  My mom and I were the photographers yesterday and we took a lot of pictures so rather than having a REALLY long post with 100s of pictures I made several collages so you could get an idea of what are day was like!  Hope you enjoy.

Peyton and Ella, my nieces, have both been at the walk all 3 years.  It is fun to see how they change each year.  They always have so much fun!  This year we had a new youngest team member, Laney, (my cousin's baby).  The 3 little girls had special shirts:  Peyton's said "Bitty Bean," Ella's said "Itty Bean," and Laney's said "Baby Bean."  Cutest little beans around if I do say so myself.  They both really liked holding her too.  This was the 1st time they have met her since she was just born in Feb. 

I had many friends participate in the walk again this year.  I'm so grateful to have so many supportive friends and friends of friends (since several new people came along this year - thanks guys!)  I love getting my friends together for this special day.  It means a lot to me that they are willing to give up their Sunday to be with me at the walk.  It is also awesome that many of them fundraise too!  I'm so lucky to have wonderful friends!!!!!  

Another friend collage - just couldn't fit all the pics in one! :)  As you can probably see we had awesome weather for the walk.  It was in the 60s and sunny.  Many of us were actually hot!  I was very excited that Taylor, my mentee, was able to come to the walk for the 1st time this year.  She has always wanted to come and it finally worked out this year (we are pictured together in the bottom row middle).  Being her mentor I've supported her through many tough times and it is so nice that she could now support me at the MS Walk!  She has known me since before I was diagnosed so she has really been on this journey with me.  Taylor's sister, Jen, walked for the 2nd year and brought several friends.  Thanks Jen, I appreciate your support!

My family. . . what can I say about them that I haven't said before!?  My family is the best family a girl could ask for.  Believe me I know (I'm a social worker remember - I worked with A LOT of messed up families)!  I'm so grateful for my family and the continued support they give me.  My entire family (except for my grandparents who live out of state) have been at the walk with me all 3 years.  That is commitment!  My parents, 3 brothers, sister-in-law and 2 nieces are my immediate family members who have stood by me since the moment I was diagnosed.  My brother's may complain during the entire 3 miles (so lazy) but they do it for me!  The rest of my family includes my uncle, two aunts, 2 cousins, cousin-in-law, Laney (and honorary family member Gail)!  They are also very supportive and have walked and raised a lot of money.  I really don't know what I would do without them.  I think it is much easier to live with a chronic illness when you have a family who supports you through it all.  I know they are there for me on good days and bad and I don't take that for granted for a minute.  Thank you Clan!  Love you!! xoxo 

The Bean Team wore team shirts for the first time this year.  We defiantly stood out in the sea of orange.  I loved the blue.  What do you think?  I think we look great.  The team was made up of family, friends, repeat members, new members, babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, young adults, middle-agers and maybe a few kind of "older" people (not mentioning any names)!  Haha!  Oh and I can't forget the dogs!  I love the diversity of my team.  Also this year, for the first time, I had a fellow MS'er on the team with me.  My friend, Noelle, who I met through an MS Support group has become a great friend.  We have a lot in common since we both went to BC Graduate School of Social Work and now both work as medical social workers in hospitals.  I'm so glad she was able to join the team this year!  Noelle hope to see you, Chris and the dogs again next year!

So that about sums up all the fun stuff.  It was a GREAT day!  I have to admit that I'm a terrible "hostess" on walk day.  I get so overwhelmed with so many people I know there and I have a hard time talking and thanking everyone.  So if I didn't get to thank you in person PLEASE know how much I appreciate you being there.  It is amazing to me what a difference a small group of people (aka - The Bean Team) can make when they come together.  Together we have done AMAZING things for MS!

A BIZILLION MILLION THANK YOUS TO EACH AND EVERY BEAN TEAM MEMBER!!!!!!!

P.S.  I will be posting another walk recap with info about how much we raised so watch for it!!  You will be shocked with how much we raised.  We rock!!!!!

P.P.S .  You can still donate!!!  Please go to my personal fundraising page!
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/jodi

2 comments:

  1. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, Bean Team!!!!

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  2. Congrats on an amazing walk! You are doing wonders!!

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