For the past 2 years, the Tampa area has been fortunate to host the CureSearch Walk. I wrote about what CureSearch is over here. Last year I was unable to attend because we were all at the Hospice House surrounding my grandfather with love as he left this world. So this year, I was determined to be there. I loaded the family (Hubs included) into the car and headed down to the park super early. We got there, grabbed our bandannas and I settled in to my volunteer role. The Hubs was entertaining the kiddos for me. Everyone who participates in the walk is asked to wear a bandanna. The 4 different colors represent 4 different reasons participants are walking.
Radio Disney was there and had tons of things for the kids to do. Noah loved it! He even won a prize! Our Child Life department was out in full force, with activities and crafts for the kiddos. Noah took advantage of that too. Em was in a mood so she wasn't into it all that much. There was face painting too. At 10:00, Opening Ceremonies began with speeches from the doctors from All Children's and St Joseph's. That was followed by a moment of silence to remember all those amazing warriors we have lost along the way. The families who lost a child were presented with white roses and Taylor Swift's "Ronan's Song" was played. We even had a dove release that was nothing short of amazing. I was prepared to hear that song but within 30 seconds, I was a blubbering mess. I can't help but get emotional when it comes to my patients and their families.
This was followed by a Survivors Ceremony. All of the kids, both currently in treatment and those off treatment, were brought up to the stage and received a medal. I am so proud to say that I know most of these amazing kids
I had the most amazing honor of walking the first half of the walk with this amazing girl:
Now for the photo overload:
|Some of the girls I worked with on 7S|
|Em showing her support|
|Happy after a great CureSearch Walk!|
Before anyone asks, I spoke with Madyson's parents for permission before I posted about her or her picture.