Monday, October 09, 2006

CHOC Walk 2006!

The entire family woke at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday to participate in the Annual CHOC Walk at Disneyland to help raise funds for the local Children's Hospital. Jenelle has been a patient at CHOC 9 times in her short life, and we are very fortunate to have such wonderful facilities so close to home. My firm sponsored a team of walkers this year, so we participated with them.

Here we are somewhere near the Jungle Cruise:

Jack really enjoyed seeing the characters along the way, but was kinda bummed the rides were not open. Here he is waving to Jesse and Woody:

Jenelle's favorite part of the walk was the tram ride back to the parking garage:

A lot of teams went all out with colors and balloons. It was quite moving to see so many that were "In Memory Of" a child that had died. Along the walk, they had signs posting interesting facts about Children's Hospital. The fact that moved me the most was that the number of patients at CHOC has increased 90% since 1998. That's barely 10 years. What is happening to our children?

We were very excited to finally participate in the annual CHOC Walk. Jenelle has either been a patient in the hospital, or very ill during the last three walks. She is doing so well right now, we had to take this opportunity to participate! When we finally got home, the whole family napped for 3 hours, and we were pretty exhausted the rest of the day! It was all for a very worthy cause.

1 comment:

Penny L. Richards said...

Same "In Memory Of" teams at the Shane's Inspiration 5K at Griffith Park last month--it is moving. Glad the CHOC Walk was a good experience for your beautiful family. And howdy neighbor! (one county away, I'm guessing?)