Friday, March 15, 2013

Montana Charity-in' Part Two

So, in theory, this was to be posted a lot more often. In practice, it wasn't because I completely forgot about it - not the charity, just the post itself.

The event to cap off our fundraising efforts for the Muscular Dystrophy Association was last weekend with the 2013 Muscle Walk at one of the local high schools. It's a symbolic one and a half laps around a school gymnasium, specifically designed for those in wheelchairs, or on crutches, and the like. It was a fun event, but the actual walk almost made me a bit teary. Before and after, however, it was a lot of food, games, coloring, balloons, running around, and running around after Zoey.

 Checking things out after just arriving.

 Waiting in line for a balloon animal. 

 Asking for what she wanted in the way of balloons in the shape of animals.

 A pink foofie, of course!!

She was so excited by her balloon dog that when the Red Robin bird came to say hello, she held up the balloon and declared, "It's a puppy!!"

 I know exactly what my dad is thinking right now. ("She should play basketball. I mean, really." *dad face*)

 The turnout was relatively small by comparison, but we were told that it was more than double last year's turn-out. So, yay!

 Zoey is pretty outgoing, but she was kind of shy with all of the other kids, so she did a lot of standing back and watching. She's like her parents that way.

 They had a station to make team posters, so we settled in and got right to work.

 Chuck E. Cheese came by and helped.

 Our completed team poster!

A big THANK YOU to all of my (and our team's) generous donors. I had promised to put their names on my t-shirt but we didn't actually get one, so I put them on our poster. And since the walk, more donations have come in! So thank you, Mom/Dad, Lori, the Hinmans, Uncle Mark, Uncle Ken, Uncle Aaron, and The McIntyre Family!! As a whole, our company team didn't reach our $1,500.00 goal, but we got close; just over $1,200.00. One team-mate started hitting up clients and wiped the floor with us.

 Later in the morning was when the actual walk took place, led by - who else - Chuck E. Cheese and Red Robin.

 Cheater. ;-)

 Then we got a yay us cheer from the Rocky Mountain College cheerleaders.

 Then the mascots had a dance-off.

Out of pure curiosity, Zoey wandered up to them...

 ....Which sparked the interest of the other kids, and pretty soon it was just everybody dancing.

 Running around, being silly Zo.

 That's Wendy from Wendy's

 Back to the highlight of the previous hour - showing off her balloon puppy, this time to my coworker, Kirk, and his daughter, Aspen. Kirk was the organizer of our team.

 Then everyone just ran around and played.

 Or ate. There were mini-muffins!!

 Then back to playing. She obviously felt more comfortable, and played with the other kids.

 This girl was so cute. Zoey was accidentally knocked down by some kids running by. She didn't cry, but was startled, and the girl stopped and helped Zoey up and asked if she was ok. Oh! Why can't we all act like that??

 You have a balloon, too! And you like bumping them together, too?? BFF.

 (Just a little side-note: that wheelchair was a prop by a company promoting their products, not something this girl needed.)

Zoey accidentally let her balloon fly away and many kids came to her rescue. The boy behind her was the one to give her the balloon in the first place, and was now offering up another one; and the girl is taking off the one tied around her wrist. So one of the Walk organizers came over and gave Zoey another one and said, "Wow, you have the cutest eyes." This girl rules the world, people. Just an FYI.

It was a very nice, uplifting way to spend the morning, followed by Jacob surprising me with a trip to A Few Books More, a floor-to-ceiling crammed used bookstore where he immediately picked out a book for me and - wait for it - himself, too. Zoey was pretty excited, too, exclaiming, "Wow! Look at all the books!!"

If you'd still like to make a donation, please don't hesitate to do so. I believe the links on my page still work, and it doesn't even have to be in my or my team's name. And don't forget, every little bit helps.