MS Walk 2014 Boise Summary

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Team Charlies Angels did it! We walked in Boise, Idaho on April 19, 2014. This is great, for several reasons. For one, we walked on the Saturday before Easter. For another, we had over 30 people on our team. Another reason is that we raised over $1000.00! Thanks to everyone that donated or walked!

The day of the walk, we gathered at Julia Davis Park in Boise. It was kind of a nice day, a little bit chilly at 8:30 AM. However, we had a great turnout, with lots of neat tables set up for vendors and those teams that raised over $1000 last year and this year. Since we only walked in Idaho Falls last year, we did not qualify for our own table. However, next year we will!

For those arriving at the park early, the MS Society had coffee, donuts, and fruit available. We also got together and had our team photo taken before the walk. Not everyone on the team made the photo, since we had to have it done before 9:30 and the walk did not start until 10:00. However, we got as many of us as we could into it.

We were fortunate enough to have the shirts for Team Charlies Angels donated by Shadows Embroidery and Screen Printing of Boise again. Many thanks to Byl for that favor. Please send some business their way if you of someone needing their services.

Final donations for this walk are due in by May 31, 2014, so if you have anyone that still wants to donate, or funds to collect, it is okay. We won’t have the final totals until after May 31, of course. There were many photo’s taken along with the team photos. I will supply the link when the MS Society gives them to me. For now, I have the team photo from Marion and Jackie. Many thanks to those two for all their assistance. The weather cooperated for this one, and even Jackie walked a mile.

It was great seeing all the team again. This is one of those times that we all manage to get together, even though sometimes we stumble over each other. I think it would be great to be able to do this again next year, health permitting. I would like to see a team captain in Boise, myself. It is a bit of pain trying to motivate and manage from so far away.

Planning these things is a bit like planning a dinner. If you invite 40 people, and 5 respond, you would be a bit frustrated when all 40 show up. It seems you are supposed to know who will be there and plan accordingly. Sometimes that just doesn’t work. Maybe next year, we can all sign up at least a month before the walk.

I had planned on walking in Las Vegas the Saturday after Boise. Unfortunately, due to the weather being rainy, cool, and very windy, I could not do that. However, we are still planning to walk in Idaho Falls in September, and everyone is invited to join us!

A special thanks to those who tried to get to walk on time, but just didn’t make it, too! It is still great to know you care enough to sign up and show up, even if it was later than you planned.

If anyone has ideas how to make the walk better for our team, please either comment on the website, or email me. You all have my email address, so feel free to email me. I will do what I can to make things happen.

We Are Walking

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Help us out

This week there is a group of people, family and friends, coming to Boise, Idaho for an event so epic it is indescribable. Family flying, because driving costs too much for the distance to be covered. Family driving, because they only need 5-6 hours to get there. Crowded houses, crowded cars, little kids, adults, everyone will get together.

The epic event? MS Walk 2014, the biggest fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the year. All these people will put up discomfort, expenses, and heat for a few hours of fun walking on Saturday, April 19, at 8:30 in the morning!

The MS Walk takes place in a park setting in Boise. We will all walk about three miles, officially known as 5K. Note, it is not a 5K run, or a fun run, although one can run if desired. It is a 5K walk. Most of us with ms no longer run, we walk. For some, it is a one hour walk. For others, it is close to 8 hours. For me, this year, it will a little over an hour, under two.

We will be there to show support for victims of multiple sclerosis. I have that disease, along with hundreds of thousands of other people. It affects each person a little bit differently, yet the astute person can see similarities. We will be raising money to help those ms victims that need help. It will be fun, yet sober. This disease is not like many others. I call it an equal opportunity disease. It can strike anyone, at any time. It does not have very many symptoms of its own. It mostly mimics many other illnesses, and they are eliminated by testing. When you get to “no known cause”, and the MRI and possibly the spinal tap are positive for ms, they label you as “possibly ms”. They still can not be 100% positive without an autopsy.

All these people are coming together because I have this disease. They are walking at such a time that most would normally still be in bed. They are doing this for me. I must be pretty important to them, and sometimes I don’t remember that. Too many times, I forget to be grateful. Too many times, I forget they are there only because of me. If I did not have this disease, most of them would not be doing this walk. Some of the money would not be collected. Some of the victims of ms would not get the material they so desperately need to be able read and hear.

Please give if you can, ask others to give if you can ask. I will be doing three MS Walks this year. Saturday, April 19 in Boise, Idaho. Saturday, April 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday, September 20 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I will be doing these walks because this year, I can walk. I have not been able to walk every year, but this year, I can. I have asked many people to please donate. A few people did. Thank you if you have donated. If you have not, thank you for thinking of me. Thank my entire support team for their great support over the years. This is my 6th or 7th year participating in the MS Walk. I have been doing this since 2004, the year of my first walk. I can’t really remember what number this is for me, I missed a few years, when I could not remember why we were getting together.

To donate, please click the link. Give to Team Charlies Angels, that is my support team.

The team has a website! It is here, let us know any suggestions or issues.