Tuesday, February 28, 2012

They walked, I rolled... all for the MDA

This weekend we celebrated life
We walked and we rolled
We raised awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
The MDA provides research, medical care, support and most of all HOPE.

I was surrounded by my friends and family.
These girls are true friends.  We have been together since our first borns were babies.  We have been through more ups and downs together than most people go through in their entire lives.  Back in 2008 we walked in the breast cancer 3-day together and here we are 4 yeas later in the exact same location.

My twin sister and I

There was laughter and tears. 
On the way down to the walk I was thinking about how all of these great people were taking time out of their day to come down and walk with me.  It made me realize how important family and friends are to help you get through any situation.  Having something like your health taken away from you teaches you so much.  It teaches you what you do have and what you can do.  You quickly learn where your strengths and abilities are.  You learn your limitations and you learn to say no.  You learn to listen to your body and you learn to appreciate what you have instead of what you don't have.

We walked {rolled} 3.1 miles.

My dad and I took turns giving the little ones rides.  Grandpa provided a better view.

I am so grateful for each of these people that showed their support on Sunday.  
The total amount raised from the San Diego walk
 was $144,000!!!
Thank you to each and every one of you who were able to donate.  We couldn't do this without you.
Thank you North County Fire for your generous donations.
Thank you Mom for being one of the top fundraisers for our team.
Thank you to the walkers.
Thank you to the friends that have provided meals, house cleaning, phone calls, e-mails and most of all love.


  1. What a great turn out! Everyone looked so beautiful in red!!

  2. how awesome karen!! what an amazing support system you have!!

  3. This is awesome! I hope you guys had the BEST time, and these pictures are great!

  4. What a beautiful post Karen. It is so nice to read about your friends and family, and how supportive they are. I am happy to hear that the event was such a success!

  5. so proud of you, karen! love you, this post is beautiful.

  6. This is so great, Karen. How wonderful to be surrounded by people you love who love you. :)

  7. Karen, I am so proud of you. Keep fighting with such beauty and grace.

  8. oh karen this is great. friends and family make everything better.

  9. What a beautiful, special event! Family and friends are the lifeboat in battles of medical conditions! Health is a funny thing, I have never had it (was diagnosed with a fatal disease when I was 18 months) but it has taught me huge lessons to appreciate what I can do, even if these abilities are slowly being taken away from me.

    I am thrilled to be your newest follower. I can't wait to get to read more about you!


  10. So proud of you and your family Karen!

  11. sometimes i just don't know what to say.....

    you looked beautiful, right down to your coordinating chair. i bet the little ones enjoyed the rides. {guess i found some words. :)}

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