After I learned about the Walk and its impact on both Chapter and Division resources, I resolved to get involved. While fundraising years ago involved taking pledge sheets to everyone you knew (and a few you didn't), the electronic age has changed much of that. I went to the Society web page for the Walk and registered myself. I then took the link for the personal fundraising page it created for me and circulated it to all my Facebook friends, the VROC newsgroup and several Email lists I maintain. They would then be able to donate on line via credit card if they chose to.
The generosity of people I know was beyond anything I had expected. I watched the total grow and, as I moved towards the top of the list, I became aware of another motivated person. Someone named Andrea Danyluk-Wolski was at the top of the list and I set my sights on her. Slowly I caught up and then passed her. Then she passed me. Then I passed her again. When I returned from SEVROC in North Carolina, I was back in second place until I entered the cash that Sandy and I had been given. I did this last Thursday and regained top billing with $1,780. But when I checked in Saturday morning, Ms. Danyluk-Wolski had pulled ahead decisively with a total of $2,010. This was the coup-de-grace, if you will.
The great thing is that getting beaten in a contest like this isn't a bad thing. If we spurred each other on to higher heights, the fight against MS won no matter which one of us came out on top. Now, with the money raising done, it was time to actually walk the Walk.
After the cold morning yesterday, today dawned much more pleasantly. The sky was blue without a cloud and it was warmer (but not too warm). Sandy and I arrived at the Rona Ramsey MS Centre of Hope a little early and registered, turning over the cash and pledge sheets before the crowds arrived. Then we loitered about in the parking lot as more and more people arrived including our honourary chair, well known local personality and funeral director Geoffrey Lougheed. If there is a worthwhile cause in Sudbury, Geoffrey or his brother Gerry Jr. will usually not be far away.