Where does the time go? I can't believe it's been a month since the walk. My internet access has been lacking to say the least. I'm actually using my phone to get this out and so I appogize in advance for misspelling(s) and that the end of this email is primarily lower case, I mean no disrespect it's just very challenging to get this phone to switch to and from caps and I have already taken way too long to get this out to all of you.
A quick little update on Taylor: her arm was activated on 7/14. We went to SHC to have her annual check up and left with a new hand on her arm which she can open and close on her own. It's a harness system, not hooked up to nerves like I keep being asked :) . She loves it and I know she'll have it mastered within weeks. Also on our visit there, we brought down our can tabs we've collected since our march visit.... 90 gallons (220 pounds/625,000) of tabs!!!!! Thank you to everyone who has and/or is helping to make tabs for taylor such a huge success.
First I would like to thank: the town of Springfield for allowing us to use the Toonerville Trail, PCM Image-tek for allowing us to use their lot, Roland and Sue Irish at Sunrise Graphics for donating our euro stickers and silk screening, Ray St. Sauveur at Unique Signs for donating the shirts and hoodies, Ron and Sue Precourt for the burgers, dogs and post-walk party location ( I think I can say for everyone we were pretty excited to see the pool ), Clyde, Diane and Opal Gallion for the rolls, buns, salads and other food goodies, Candy and Dave Desrochers, Julie St. Sauveur and Rachel Harrell for drinks, chips and other snacks and last but not least the Discount Food Warehouse for donating water, napkins and plates.
Thank you to everyone who showed their support by walking with us: Travis and Zane Putnam, Chrintine Brehio, Clyde, Diane, Justin and Crystal Gallion (and special thanks C&D for cancelling your trip so you could walk with us), Jessi, Charlie and Maebel Dussault, Kristi Morris (thank you so much for all you do to help children, it really means the world to me that you could join us), Dennis Chabot, Isaac, Alexis, Ray and Elizabeth, Tonya McAllister, Val Schroeder, Deb Burns, Alethia Ficher and Bryan Butler. The following people drove 100+ miles to walk with us and deserve extra thanks: Cindy and Bill Gravel, Candy and David Desrochers, Sarajane Peck, David Okolita, Suzie Roberts, Landon, David Burbank, Julie St. Sauveur and Rachel Herrel.
We raised $1879.38 this year! And we had 37 walkers, blowing away last years totals of $1420 and 18 walkers. I hope the trend continues and we keep growing bigger and better each year.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Springfield, we couldn't have done this without you: Bellows Falls Moose Family Center, Griffin Construction, Crown Point Cabinetry Charity Fund, T-Bird mini mart loose change collection, dona cass, tara todd, jackie demag, rick deschaine, joe paquette, bo hodgdon, ryan hodgman, kevin mcfarland, clyde & diane gallion, vinney croney, paul schofield, michael bryant, kim stowell, opal gallion, norde rau, tony & shawn waters, justin & crystal gallion, kirstie patch, karyne hearne, eileen czechowicz, lis schulte, ann cuadrudo, kathy connair, gwen sheehan, john tomlinson, stephaine burnham, yvette decker, rick sharron, douglas hanson, kathy kennett, bryan lantz, douglas weiss, cindy stevens, lori mcelroy, cindy & bill gravel, dave & mary gravel, ashtyn ora & taylor marie honeycutt, david okolita, dennis chabot, alexis mcallister, elizabeth & ray farnsworth, isaac, hannah welch, kristi morris, val schroeder, debbie burns, alethia ficher, korbin mcelroy, candy & david desrochers, tonya honaker, becky patten, kim wilcox, jane catalfo, paula cacede, dave reeder, jen horton, kristi couch, pauline desrochers, jay scharf, linda drew, and noel/hoffman/gravel.
Thank you all for everything. It really means the world to me that you helped make sos 2010 a success and helped our beloved Shriners Hospital. I hope you all had a good time and that you'll decide to join us again for sos 2011. Have a happy and safe rest of the summer.
All the love in my heart,
-- Sent from my Palm Pixi