My adventures last week continued on Saturday, with the Central Indiana JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. More than 3,000 walkers attended, and this happened to be our first-ever walk we've participated in since moving to Indiana about six year ago. I'd been involved for years up in our native Southeast Michigan, starting with my first walk-ride back in 1985 and evolving into volunteering and mass fundraising in my college years. But once we moved to Indiana, I hadn't been involved in the JDRF and it seemed the walk in early October always ran into a conflicting event, work time, or travel plans. Since jumping back into the D-Advocacy World late last year and getting more heavily involved in the JDRF this year, we committed to making this year's walk one of our must-dos.
While the homefront of Michigan was always a good time for a Walk, this Hoosier style seemed even more special as we were surrounded by huge banners displaying big names such as Lilly and Roche - located in this very city. We ventured onto the 5k Walk around Military Park on the city's westside, near IUPUI campus and the White River State Park. Great scenery, and beautiful sunny 80-degree weather.
Some familiar faces were scattered around, too. Like Stephanie Riner, who I'd met earlier that week at a D-Meetup and who did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem - the third or fourth time she'd done so. We connected and said hello afterward, before making our ways to our respective team locations to start walking. At one point, Suzi and I were walking along one street having our own little side discussion and I happened to glance to my right and see a familiar face: fellow D-Blogger and friend, Cherise! She and her husband were there walking, pushing their daughter in a stroller! We laughed about that and said hello, and then it dawned on me that this was actually the first time Suzi and Cherise had actually met! They hit it off well, and of course Cherise managed to snap a photo of us on her iPhone while walking and Tweeted that isntantly. She also took a moment to mention to Suzi that I needed to make the switch to an iPhone myself, carrying on a conversation that had started over the summer. She also gently reminded Suzi about some now long-overdue cupcakes honoring Cherise's previous goal of hitting 20,000 tweets. (Before long, Cherise, we promise!). After a few minutes, Cherise realized that her family had managed to escape far ahead and so we said goodbye as she went to catch up.
So, that was our first Hoosier-styled Walk to Cure Diabetes! We had a great time, and look forward to making it a tradition from now on!