Walking with Thanks & St. Jude

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Tammy & I at the finish line!

 

My weekend unintentionally ended up being a weekend of giving. One of those giving activities included the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. I walked the 5K route on The National Mall in Washington, DC with one of my best friends and sorority sisters, Tammy. Walking with Tammy was significant because we both support the work of St. Jude and we’re both members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Gold level national partner for the event. D.C. was one of more than 65 communities nationwide that raised funds and awareness for children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. As a community, D.C. raised over $187,000 for St. Jude! Go us!

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Kayla! One of my favorite St. Jude patients. I’ve never met her but every time I see her in a video her spirit fills me up!

I was thrilled to be participating in the Give Thanks Walk with many supporters, donors and friends of St. Jude. The pre-walk zone was filled with enthusiastic volunteers and banners with the happy smiling faces of the children at St. Jude. As National Partner teams and individuals gathered together, runners, and tourists on The Mall looked on showing their support with smiles and cheers. Although Tammy and I never found our team, lol, we started the walk fancy-free, footloose and cold- VERY cold. Walking along the Potomac made it feel about ten degrees colder than it probably was but we kept our spirits high and strides swift. Lol. The St. Jude volunteers along the way helped to keep our energy up with cheers, chants and – more smiles. I even joined in on a cheer- ok, maybe two. 🙂

Between our talking and very fast walking, Tammy and I finished the walk in just under one hour. We took a few obligatory photos along the way and of course, at the finish line. I completed the walk feeling better than when I started. I thought about the kids who will be saved because of the treatment St. Jude provides. Knowing that my friend and I have had a small part in such a magnificent impact was enough to make my day. (Special shout out to my travel buddy Tameka who donated to my walk campaign!)

Here’s to HOPE! I can’t wait to do the walk again next year! Below are a few photos from the big day!

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