We are finally doing the JDRF walk this year!! The past few years we have had weddings to attend on the same weekend that the walk fell in our closest location. Mind you, our closest location is an hour and a half away from our home. I have mentioned that I live in a small town, but I don't know if I have mentioned that we are about 45 minutes from any major towns and a least an hour and a half from a bigger city. This often brings upon some real inconveniences, but it balances out with positives of living where we live.
Speaking of the positives of living here, I set up a team for the walk and named it the Sky Walkers. Skyler thinks this name is really cool, and all of us who grew up during the first Star Wars phenomenon get a good laugh out of it. Anyway, I set up the team about two weeks ago and we already have 15 walkers just from this little town. Our teammates plan to raise money and walk with us. They are all coming up with different ways to raise money. One of my students wrote a beautiful letter about Skyler and diabetes and she plans to mail it out in hopes of collecting money. I have seen the people in our town step up to help people in a time of need, but for me this goes beyond that. To think that these people are willing to spend their time collecting donations and then clear their weekend to make an hour a half drive to walk three miles in honor of this cause is amazingly generous and I am so very grateful.
In addition to our community we also have a number of family and friends who plan to join our team and walk with us. I have mentioned before how much our family supports and loves us and so I am not surprised by their willingness to participate; however am still amazed and grateful for all they do and have done in the past.
Skyler is overwhelmed by the support and love of the people that surround her. As a family we are honored to be raising money for a cause that could help so many children and adults living with diabetes and even future generations who may face the same challenges.