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Sunday, September 25, 2011

We came, we saw, we walked

I wish I had the time and energy to do this post the justice it deserves. Let's just say the last few days have been completely crazy and emotionally draining.

With all that I have, I want to thank each of the 119 people that came out and walked with and for Team Elise. It's with tears that I look at the photo below and see each of you wearing my daughter's beautiful face on your shirt.

Along with the 119 people, we have raised just under $15,000 so far, with more coming in. But it's not the money that I want to focus on at this moment.

When you read how many people walked with us, did you just rush by it? Let me write it one more time.

119.

That is 119 people that got up early and gave up their Saturday morning to come walk with us. Most of them I knew. Some I didn't know at all. Some came all the way from Australia and gave up part of their vacation to walk with us.

119.

It still blows me away, and let me tell you why.

Elise doesn't "get" money. Actually, numbers really have little meaning to her at all at 4 years old. But when she could look around and take in the sea of blue that surrounded her on Saturday, THAT said something to her.

"Are all these people here for me Momma?" she asked.

"Yes baby, they are. What do you think of that?"

"That is so amazing. Team Elise is amazing!"



Amazing.

Edited to add: All the credit for such an incredible turn-out goes to my husband Fred. Seriously, it is unbelievable the amount of work he put into this year's walk. He too, is pretty amazing.

17 comments:

  1. Wow. I am in awe! That many people and that much money is AMAZING!!!

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  2. Congratulations Team Elise! I have tears in my eyes. Thank you to each and every one of you that walked for not only Elise, but for every child and adult with type 1 diabetes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  3. All I can say is WOW! What a blessing!

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  4. Yup, you have amazing friends. Aren't you lucky?

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  5. I can't even put it into words how amazing this is not only for Elise but for you and Fred as well. That kind of support is so amazing!

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  6. That is amazing! And can I just add a thank you to Team Elise for all that you are doing to help bring us another step closer to the cure and to help raise awareness about T1! So glad Elise felt the support and love that surrounded her on walk day :)

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  7. Smiling here in VERMONT! What a wonderful effort. Give my Portuguese Brother a fist bump!

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  8. Wow that is awesome 119 people . We had 60 people here on saturday to walk . I wish more had turned out but it was wet and cold and I think that is why Im now sick . But yes Fred is amazing . Kudos to all of you who walked with Team Elise .

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  9. that is INCREDIBLE! what a fantastic amount of support you all have for Miss Elise...LOVE it!

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  10. Geez, Elise's comment made me cry!!! It was a really neat experience. Preston was whining and being a booger at the beginning, he didn't want to be there. Then I reminded him why we were there, "For Elise... to help them find a way to help her not have to be sick anymore." He straightened up, walked and had fun doing it. I'm glad we got to be part of it!

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  11. That's so awesome!!! The $ and other.

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  12. amazing is right. I love that she knows how supported she is through these events.

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  13. HOLY CRAP! that is TREMENDOUS!! big congrats to you and fred and those 119 and everyone else who supported you! AWESOME!

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  14. This IS amazing. So proud to know you and Fred and all the work you put into this. But the most wonderful thing . . . "are all these people here for me." That's priceless. She noticed that people cared. That makes all the difference. ((HUGS))

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