Friday, July 20, 2012

See You Tonight at the Track, My Good Friends!

Look at that list over there... over on the right hand side of this blog, under the title Everyday Heroes Making A Difference Just 99 Cents at a Time. Those are the changemakers. The do-somethings. The I-can't-just-sit-here-and-do-nothing heroes that decided to make an effort.

Look at where they're from:

Wisconsin. New York. Florida. California. Texas. Tennessee. Illinois. Minnesota. Maryland. Oregon.

Maybe they donated in memory of a loved one. Maybe they donated to support a friend who is currently battling cancer. Maybe they donated because secretly they think a good deed will keep their family safe. Maybe they just tossed in a few bucks so I'd stop blowing up their Facebook newsfeeds with my incessant please donate! posts.

I don't care why they donated.... I care that they did.

Some donated more than I ever thought a single person would! And some scraped together the change in their couch cushions because that's all they had.

But they donated.

And everyone all together made it possible for a total of $900 to be donated tonight at the Relay For Life.


From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every one of you. Thank you for caring. Thank you for supporting this cause. Thank you for wanting to eradicate cancer from our society as much as I do. Thank you. Again, I thank YOU.

(Of course, I'm accepting donations until 5pm today, so feel free to get this to an even thousand.)

Tonight is the event. Our county holds the Relay for Life event at our local Fairgrounds which is pretty awesome. The site is perfect! The midway (where all the carnival rides are usually placed) is transformed into this amazing temporary neighborhood. Tents and canopies line the midway... filled with good food and treats and refreshing drinks. Games for the kids, glitter tattoos, glow sticks, crafts for the kids. Bouncy houses and giant inflatable slides. The public is invited - in fact, they're encouraged to come and join in the festivities.

Our team is the Walworth County Cloggers; all the student cloggers, and all the moms of cloggers (like me), have been busy raising money and preparing for our "site." (How will it be decorated? What will be offered? Oh, believe me --- that's best answered when you see it tonight in person!) And the kids have already signed up for their time "on the track." The public is always aware that there are walkers, but it's totally not like a track meet where they must sit and watch the activity on the track. It's like, well, it's like walking around the fair. Stopping by to say hi to this friend or that one, laughing and joking together while the kids race across the track to get a root beer float, and yet always being aware that people are walking by.

It's a community. It's what every neighborhood should be like. And it's where you and your family should be tonight. Hope to see you all there!

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