Friday, July 22, 2011

I Hike. Maybe? Yes, for sure I will!

Let's just say this story starts with my sister. She posted on her Facebook that she was going to hike 30 miles. Not in a month, not in a week, in ONE DAY! So like every sane person should I decided that I will do the same. No, I do not have a fever. I have not lost my mind.

Some of you that have been following my blog, or lack there of, know that my niece Lola was diagnosed with Leukemia on Valentine's day. I would love to say that it has been a great experience, with lots of warm fuzzes, but then you would know I've lost my mind.

To be honest it has been hard, really hard. My heart aches for my sister (my one and only) and her family. They have an amazing story (click here to see). There were days when Lola was first diagnosed that I wasn't sure what to do or to think. That is hard for me to admit as a "professional counselor" at my day job. One day in particular I went to work, it was the day she was diagnosed, it was all I could do to hide in my office & cry. I'm sure my students thought I was crazy. I know my intern for sure thought I was that day. I did tell her. How else could I explain the blood shot eyes from crying.

Ok, enough of that; Fast forward.
I am hiking for Lola. She will be our inspiration. If she can go through hundreds, maybe thousands of pokes, chemotherapy, physical therapy, losing her hair, etc, I CAN and WILL hike.

However I really need your support.
The Ultimate Hike is a fundraiser for Cure Search (great people that will find a cure for childhood cancers). This is where you come in. If you would please click on this link ( this is the general link since my page link wasn't working, search for Grand Rapids, MI hike & you will find me then) and make a small donation in honor of Lola that would be wonderful. I have a goal of raising $2,500 and a team goal of raising $10,000. So let's get the ball rolling!

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