Saturday, September 20, 2008

Walk Day 2008

Today was the Hudson Valley Walk for PKD. It was a simply fantastic day. The weather was absolutely perfect and everything went off great. This year, Jeanne and I helped out with the pre-walk registration process - I was helping guide people in filling out their registration forms and Jeanne was passing out T-shirts.

TJ was very excited to learn that some ham radio operators were helping provide emergency communications for the event. He happened to have his radio in the van, so he went back and grabbed it and then ended up helping out by being one of the folks leading the walkers along the route. The rest of us, as usual, took up the rear and were the last people back.

We were very happy that Rick and Sheila decided to join us this year and glad to have my parents rejoin us as well. We tried to get a full team picture, but Eric ran away before the picture could get snapped. So, we'll have to settle for an "almost full team" picture. Here it is:

Based on our success in last year's fundraising efforts, TJ and I were honored with our own named sections of the walk:

TJ received a trophy again this year for once again being the 2nd place youth fundraiser.

This year, Shop-Rite sponsored a water-break along the way:

Also new this year was some added "security".

The stormtroopers provided free instant photos with them for everyone who wanted one.

In the ceremonies after the walk, Kirsten led a group of us volunteers in presenting a restaurant gift certificate to Heidi to thank her for her five years of running the walk. Heidi will be stepping down after this year as walk coordinator, although she continue to lead the Hudson Valley Chapter. She's hoping that by handing off the walk responsibilities, she can expand the range of events and activities that the chapter performs.

After helping clean up, we all headed back up to our house for a small barbecue. TJ and Sheila went off and played some tennis while the rest of us enjoyed the beautiful weather sitting around the backyard. Then, we all enjoyed some burgers, brats, hot dogs and salads for dinner. It was a really great day!

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