Yesterday I participated in the Take Steps for Crohns and Colitis which is run by CCFA. Better yet, I volunteered. Last year I was wiped out from walking so I decided this year I would help out instead. Ok, that took its toll on my body even more. Today my back and neck are achy and my feet are sore. But it was soooo worth it.
One thing I like about the walk is the location. I was helping out at the Liberty State Park walk and the views from there are breathtaking.
After I take this in I head over to my assigned area, the food tent. This year I decided to put my talents to use. I helped get donated food for the walk. I was able to get some coconut water, vitamin water, Smartwater, fruit and chips.
After we got set up, I decided to look around before it got real busy. There were tents for some drug reps (Humira, Remicade), Team Challenge sign ups, the Kids Corner with bouncy house, and the DJ. All was quiet before the storm.
As you can see from the pictures, it looked like a storm was coming but luckily, the rain held off. The wind was pretty powerful though. With the almost 90 degrees and humidity, the wind was refreshing.
At 4:00, the walkers were off for a 2.15 mile walk. When they came back that was when the real fun began. Our tent got mobbed. Aside from what I brought, we also had sandwiches, cookies, granola bars, orange juice and spring water. Pretty much everything went.
One thing I have noticed about these walks, and it disturbs me a little is that everyone chats but no one really talks about the disease …. which is why we are all here. I was talking with one of the volunteers and he asked why I was there. I mentioned I had Crohns. He said his son has Crohns and that was it. No further discussion. It really hit me that although everyone comes out to bring awareness and come together, no one really wants to talk about it still. My only conclusion is because it isn’t just the patient but friends and family there also that they don’t feel like opening up. I can understand that.
This up coming weekend is Get Your Guts in Gear. I know a lot of the volunteers that will be there. I know we will be talking about it a lot more but we will also have fun and talk about other things. 2 weeks and 2 awareness events. It is enough to tire these old bones. After the walk, I feel achy. Hate to see what next week brings. Stay tuned for a recap.