Monday, September 19, 2011

Heart Walk 2011

It was a beautiful day for a walk. My two hour drive started out cold, cloudy, and there was no promise of sunshine but by the time I reached the capitol building, it was gorgeous. 

It started with a welcome speech and introducing the teams. Here is Kathy and Michelle with their Jacobs. Little Jacob on the left is missing the left side of his heart (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) and big Jacob is missing the right side (Tricuspid Atresia) . They are certainly a pair in more then one way.

I was really happy with the amount of people that showed up. There were bright team shirts all around the capitol that morning and it was inspiring to see their excitement.

Then we warmed up for the 5 mile walk with a little booty shaking to Lady Gaga.

Then off we went! 

The talented Kathy made up our team shirts this year and she did a great job!

The man of the hour: Little Jacob. He was quite content to ride in his stroller, munching away on his goldfish!

The streets were blocked off from traffic so there was plenty of room to spread out.

Big Jacob was full of energy and kept the pace really well.

Along the median they had signs posted with various heart facts. 

This young man was also a Jacob! 

So true and so sad.

We walked to the bridge, then turned around and headed back.

5 miles went by fast! The majority of us feeling the pain already in our knees!

Such a great team!

I really enjoyed being able to talk to other moms who have experienced the same thing as me. Its nice to have someone who understands the hospital stays and up and downs of learning about your child's heart problems.

Kathy and Michelle really did a great job and I can't wait till next year!

If you would like to learn more about heart defects, please visit here.