Sunday, July 10, 2011

Walk Day

Sometimes when people ask me what they can do to help, I feel like saying, "Not much unless you have a cure." It sounds so obnoxious, but I guess what I really mean is that so much of what we are dealing with is just part of the package. Don't misunderstand me--no kindness shown to us has gone unappreciated. In fact, people have done little things that come at just the right time and big things that boggle my mind. All of it lifts us, comforts us and even helps us deal with the hard stuff that is inevitable with cancer.

But yesterday, I felt like my request for a cure was answered--at least the next best thing. Over 100 people came to the CureSearch walk to be a part of Team Steven. Our team raised over $3500 and as a whole, the Salt Lake City walk raised over $72,000!

We had a wide representation of supporters on the walk: parents, siblings, cousins, neices and nephews, friends from the boys' current and former schools, friends from church, friends from high school, and even friends we made in Ohio. Of course, that doesn't include those that donated and couldn't make it. On that side we had relatives, neighbors, friends of friends, friends that go back to kindergarten and so on. Rob's company and coworkers were espcially generous. Thank you DIRTT!

I got my wish for Steven to be able to look around and see lots of people there just for him. Thanks to Rob's great sister, Julie, for designing the awesome shirts and her generous neighbor, Kam Weihing, for printing them at cost.

Steven missed the memo that this was a walk and not a race, so he insisted that we push his wheelchair at the very front of the race, behind the banner. Um.. ..we may have had some Team Steven line cutting, too. Sorry fellow cancer cuties!

All in all we had a wonderful time and will have to make this an annual tradition. My only regret from the morning is that I didn't have enough time to visit much with everyone who came. Please know that we love you all and really appreciate your love and support.

P.S. These pictures are public on the web and normally I'm kind of strict about putting pictures of others up without permission. Please let me know if you would like your picture removed--I'm happy to do it.


  1. We had a great time on Saturday! So glad it turned out to be such a success! Hooray Team Steven! Thanks for letting us be a part of it :-) Now to plan a lemonade stand and get more funds working on that cure!

  2. From the pictures it looks like a perfect day! Of course, we think the weather in Utah is ALWAYS perfect because of your lack of humidity...GO TEAM STEVEN! We were thinking of you all from Kentucky. We are praying that Steven's leg is not broken, and feeling better too.

  3. I love this. It looks like so much fun. I think it should be a tradition. Then maybe I can come next time. Love the t-shirts!

  4. It was a beautiful day for a walk in the park. We were glad to be part of Team Steven! I have a few more pictures that I didn't email-do you want them? And, I don't know what you are talking about--it was totally a race! When we got to the pond all sorts of cousins with Team Steven shirts on went running by. It was a good day-and yes, onto a lemonade stand!