This weekend was the Walk to End Lupus Now in Atlanta. Despite having lupus for more than a decade, this was my first lupus walk.
I arrived at Piedmont Park not knowing what to expect. The Atlanta walk is different than most other fundraising walks. For starters, the walk doesn’t start until 5pm allowing for a full afternoon of picnics, entertainment, and general celebration of the cause. Atlanta is the largest lupus walk in the country with more than 8,000 people in attendance.
While I was a top fundraiser for many weeks, I fell from the top ten. (My competitive nature didn’t like that). But, I’m happy to report I raised $2,731 for the Lupus Foundation of America.
I wouldn’t say I was aggressive in my fundraising efforts. Besides the Lupus Awareness game at Oregon, I posted messages to Facebook and Twitter, and sent emails to friends. I was blown away by the support of friends; friends who I haven’t spoken to since high school; Sean’s friends whom I’ve never met; parents of my brother’s friends. I loved it when an email hit my inbox that said “Congratulations you’ve received a donation” generated automatically from my walk page.
The best part of the whole day was having my friends show up to walk with me. I didn’t even have to ask, they wanted to be there. They brought friends and along the walk route wanted to know more about my disease and how it affects me. That means more to me than any amount of money.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated. I appreciate it more than words can express.