Walk for Lupus Now 2011
I’m so excited about the upcoming Lupus Walk happening in Golden Gate Park on October 23, 2011! I’ve never participated in a lupus walk before, and this is the first time I’ve ever started my own team, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I sent out an email to friends and family and expected to receive some donations from family and have maybe one or two people join my team. I assumed my friends would either not have enough money to donate or…I don’t know what I thought…that they would be annoyed that I was hitting them up for money?
But it has been my friends, in fact, who have really stepped up and either joined my team and/or donated money, and not chump change either. Plus, I know my friends lead busy lives, and yet, quite a few of them have joined my team. I check my team’s stats every day after work, and I’m serious when I say I tear up every time I see a new name on the roster, or another donation pushing my little thermometer higher towards my goal.
My husband’s participation and enthusiasm has also surprised me. Okay, that sounds terrible. I know my husband loves me; he just doesn’t talk about how he feels about me having lupus. But he drafted his own sales pitch of sorts to email to his friends in order to solicit donations, and he sent his pitch to me first to see if it passed muster. It was heartfelt and direct, and he didn’t shy away from expressing emotion–even thinking about it has me tearing up.
How is it that I have so grossly underestimated the people who are the nearest and dearest to me? It has me feeling very introspective, and very loved.
My team hasn’t reached our donation goal yet, and we haven’t even walked yet, but I already feel so fulfilled from this experience. Then, of course, there’s the larger reason for walking–to raise money to develop new treatments for and maybe even eradicate lupus. If you haven’t signed up to walk for lupus yet, Walk for Lupus Now!