Walk MS 2011 - The Very Least We Can Do

Last Saturday, I participated in a 5K walk to bring awareness to the need for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis at the Portland MS Walk 2010. I think there were about 2,999 others with me who dedicated their Saturday morning to show their support. It's really an amazing feeling to come together with a group and have individuals who deal with a certain issue see that they are not alone.

My friend Alison coordinated our team: F$*% MS. Her dad has had MS for 20 years now, not a mild case of it, but a severe case which came on quickly after diagnosis. Alison talks about her dad and you would believe her that he has earned the title of Best Dad Of All Time Ever. Alison and her family have had many occasions in a cold and sterile hospital room where they were told to say goodbye to her dad - yet he held strong, and he's still here, still saying eff you MS, showing his love to his children and wife. He's still here - waiting for a cure.

We walked in his honor, and we walked to show our support to others who live with this really shitty illness, we walked to be strong for those out there who can't, we walked because not everyone gets the privilege to do so, we walked to make a point - that there is this debilitating disease in our society that affects so many, but gets too little attention. We need a cure for MS.

We walked as a team to say Eff You MS!! Our little team raised over $2000.00 to go towards finding a cure. I hope that something can be done in my lifetime to just make this go away...MS is useless and nasty. It affects too many, yet you don't hear about it as much as you should for all the lives it touches. Eff you MS...Eff you.

The weather held out for us - no rain in Oregon in April is a rarity. We had a great walk surrounded by wonderful people who came together for a common cause on a cloudy morning. We walked, not because we had to - but because we needed to.

Awesome drum & flag group that led us 4 blocks to the waterfront.
Taking over the city blocks!

Costumes were encouraged. Loved the caped crusaders!

Our mascot: the lovely Rosie

The royalty that walked - in honor of their mom. They had to carry their real crown in a little case, while wearing the fake ones.
 
Note the walkers covering the bridge path ahead of us!

And the walkers covering the bridge path behind us!

We walked for you, Billy Renz!!!

This made my heart hurt a little.
I wanted to hug this woman.

Team F$*% MS!


These guys didn't walk - but a lot of us stopped to watch the cuteness of the baby geese!!

The finish line!!! Lined with buzzers and clappers and a sea of green volunteer shirts - it was great to accomplish this on an otherwise quiet morning.

One final thought: EFF YOU MS.

If you'd like more information or want to donate towards a cure, check out the MS Society. And cross your fingers.

15 comments:

  1. Brian Miller said...:

    smiles at the team name...and thank you...

  1. Loved the pictures. & that one walking for his mom made my heart hurt a little too.

  1. I want to hug her, too. It's the teams that always wrench my heart--we have a cancer walk in the spring and over 200 people walk/run each year for the same little boy.

  1. Portland Rose said...:

    Thank you Kaylen! It was an amazing day and I was in awe of all the people who donated: $2,460 total now!!

  1. JoeinVegas said...:

    Very nice of you to do that.

  1. Kaylen's mom said...:

    I'm proud of you and your team!

  1. Barbara said...:

    What a great way to spend the day - I have a couple of friends with MS and on their behalf, I say thank you!

  1. Trooper Thorn said...:

    I suspect that Rosie is not really a supporter but only participating to meet men.

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    I want to hug that woman too.

  1. Raven said...:

    Good for you! That is fantastic. :D

  1. Hyla said...:

    How awesome!! It looks like you had a fantastic turn out!!!! I really loved all of your pictures! Especially the "me" one

  1. Julie said...:

    YEAH!!! What a fantastic walk. I love your team name. Glad you did something so great.
    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

  1. kilax said...:

    What a great cause. I love your team name. I feel so bad for your friend who have had doctors tell her to say goodbye over and over. She must be a very strong person!

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