"Each Of Us
Has A Fire In Our
Hearts For Something.
It's Our Goal In Life To
Find It And Keep It Lit."
-Mary Lou Retton
Last night when I checked my mail I had a rare piece of fun mail. You know the kind. It comes in an envelope shaped like a card and doesn't look anything like a bill. It was from my friends A&E in CA and the card had the above quote and a donation. They wrote a message that the quote reminded them of me and my dedication to fundraising for a cure for MS. Me? Wow! What a flattering compliment and how appropriate it would come on the eve of my MS Anniversary. . .
SIX years ago today I heard the words "You have MS" and life has never been the same since. I can remember the day like it was yesterday yet it feels like such a long time ago. I can hardly believe that it has already been six years.
If you had told me six years ago that I (along with my team, The Bean Team) would raise $72,000 dollars I would have told you that you were CRAZY!
If you had told me that I would walk 50 miles in 3 days I would have laughed my head off. I'm lazy. I don't really like exercise. Who knew?
If you had told me that I would walk the runway as a MODEL I would have known you were lying to me. A model?!? Never!
If you had told me I would meet some of the most amazing friends all because this terrible thing called MS would bring us together I would have rolled my eyes. I would have doubted that the people were really that cool and I would have been SO wrong.
If you had told me that just years into living with MS I would be able to stop doing weekly injections and start taking a daily oral pill I would have crossed my fingers in hopes it would be true (and it is)!
But really. . .$72,000!!!!! All I can say is thank you. Thanks to each of you who have donated to me or my teammates. Together we have raised so much money and we have seen how that money gets put to great use (hello, Gilenya). I also want to point out that the majority (like 99%) of our donations are from individuals. We don't have corporate sponsors or many company "matches." We have people like you who love and support us with their own money out of their own paycheck. That is a big deal and don't think for a second that it goes unnoticed.
6 years later and a little bit stronger, smarter and happier than that day. Here's to the next year filled with good health, lots of donations and much happiness!