Even though the walk itself was challenging, there was inspiration around every corner. Families came out to cheer us on as did girl scout troops, cheerleaders, employees, restaurant patrons, fire departments, and survivors. There were children holding signs that said thank you for helping my mommy. The weekend was filled with equal parts of tears and laughter and I could not have been surrounded by better people.
After three days of walking, the event concluded with a ceremony on the monument lawn. The survivors are wearing pink shirts and the rest of us are wearing white. As tradition has it, the survivors enter the ceremony and the walkers raise a shoe. As a side note, the sea of pink raised 5.3 million in the D.C. walk.
Because there are so many pictures, I created a sideshow. I hope you like it.
In the slide show you will see:
- A man who carried a sign every step of the way in memory of his mother
- Brother's in tu-tus volunteering for their mother who is a stage 4 survivor
- A group photo with Leonard Pitts (one of the girls in our group reads his column religiously)
- An 80+ year old man "Blista Mista"walking for his daughter
- Mothers reuniting with their children
- Countless volunteers who blew my mind with their enthusiasm and kindness
- Ginormous pink bra via Georgetown Cupcake
- Port-a-johns :)
- Lots of pink
My team mate, Susan has written a very nice re-cap on her blog if you would like to read more about the weekend.