The second annual VisionWalk played out almost exactly like the first one. Gorgeous sunny day - check. Small but enthusiastic crowd of walkers - check. Cohen/Freiburger clan plus a couple of friends, including an adorable toddler - check (with the lovely addition of two adorable babies and a ceramic pig). Walking around in 1K circles until we got bored - check. Usher's Mushers
running walking away with the Flying Pig award - great big, $17,000+ CHECK.
While the event itself doesn't carry the inspirational wallop of, say, the Race for the Cure, it is inspiring to see so many blind and visually impaired people, and their supporters, getting out and having a good time walking for a good cause. Even more inspiring is the overwhelming response from our support network - the money we raised came from nearly 200 separate contributors! As word-smithy as I fancy myself, I'm at a loss to describe adequately how much this widespread generosity means to me. I guess I will just sum it up with a simple, but hearty THANK YOU!
Here are a few images of the event:
The 2007 Usher's Mushers - back row, L-R: Bill, Mad, S-J, Steve, Milo (hiding under the blanket on his daddy's chest; front row, L-R: Monica, Natalie, Lucy, and Linda
Milo, doing the 5-week-old's version of a charity walk:
Assorted non-walking diversions, including a surprisingly talented band of opthalmologists and a surprisingly entertaining Wall of Velcro at which the older kids flung themselves willingly: