Be the Change… Walking the walk

Ever hear the phrase, Be the change you want in the world?  To me, that’s what Let’s Move Together, the campaign for the Arthritis Walk, is all about.  I want education for people who don’t know about treatments.  I want programs for people who need exercise.  I want research so there are better medicines for my daughter.  I want a cure for this disease.  I have to do something about it.  I have to be the change.

A few weeks ago, I got to travel to Southern Oregon to be a part of their first ever arthritis walk.  The walk was held at Bear Creek park, which is roughly 400 miles away from the nearest AF office.  So guess who put the walk together?  Volunteers.  People like you and me….  The staff helped, naturally.  But they have an office to run, and many other events to plan that cover several states!  So… who got the gifts for the raffle?  Who recruited walkers?  Who arranged for a Kids Zone, entertainment, donated food and beverages?  Volunteers.  Who planned for generators, a bounce house, arranged for water stations?  Yep.

I participate in the walk in my own neighborhood – and I will tell you, it’s grown pretty large.  And I’m pretty darn proud of it.  So, I wasn’t sure what to expect at this first time walk. My family who lives in the area were on the committee and we sponsored the Kids Zone.  Let me tell you – the passion and dedication were evident everywhere.  There were over 250 walkers including several large teams, and the walk raised over $18K.  It’s a tremendous start to an event that I’m willing to bet will be at $100K within three years.  Because the people there want it… and will make it happen.  Congrats Southern Oregon!!!!  And special congrats to Joyce, another JIA mom who stepped in as Chair to make change for her daughter Camille.  Be the Change.  Let’s Move Together…..

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