"You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. The world was meant to be wooed and won by youth."
- Winston Churchill
I wanted to add some words my sister, Kristen, sent regarding the Great Strides Walk:
“What an amazing day we had walking in memory of Marisa and Wellesley! I loved being a part of it. It was neat that even one of Wellesley's friends was with us, and a family that Marisa was a nanny for. I had the chance to meet one of Anne's (Marisa's mom) friends who came to show her support, and she told me that she regrets not knowing Marisa better, but how she loves to be around Anne and ‘soak up her light.’ I told her, that's exactly how we all felt about Marisa.
There was a definite sense of ‘emptiness’ while we all gathered again, this time, to walk in honor of Marisa & Wellesley. But I know how thrilled Marisa would be to know we raised more than triple our original team goal and that we were doing it for her, except she wouldn't have wanted us to go to the trouble. I think it's important to note that Scott's original fundraising goal was only $500, then he upped it to $1,000 thinking even that was a bit lofty. Thanks to you all, he finished with over $3,000! A big heartfelt thank you to all of you who donated, despite being strangers to the cause.
This was a small way for us to honor her and acknowledge the impact she has had on each of our lives. So THANK YOU for making that happen!”
Again, from the bottom of all of our hearts… thank you.
First, from Scott:
"Sunday's Great Strides Walk drew about 1,000 people to Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona. Many of the walkers wore shirts memorializing their lost loved ones, others still images reflecting the object of their current inspiration. Team Marisa & Wellesley all wore turquoise bandanas to show our unification. Our team numbered at about 30.
< Scott, with our niece, Maddy, & sister, Kristen.
Marisa used to attend these walks as well, to show support and sense of community. She would rile up the troops, get them all excited, commit to doing the walk, then 1/4 of the way in... she would duck out the side – she'd cough up some stuff and we'd either press forward again or skip right to the end. I missed having her by my side this time... and me running to hers, panting (usually harder than she was, and I really never had an excuse!) We raised a lot of money, and everyone was so generous and thoughtful to contribute through each of us as walkers for the team. We exceeded our cumulative goal, and I want to thank everyone close and far, friend or stranger, for acknowledging through donations what she meant to the world and the people who were lucky enough to have known her personally. Thank you, thank you."
I’m ecstatic to announce that Scott was able to raise (with your help) $3,071 (exceeding his $3,000 goal) and the entire team raised $6,532.10 (exceeding the team goal of $5,000)!!
Thank you for caring… for your amazing generosity and sweet support of this important cause. Scott couldn’t have raised so much without you. Thank you for helping me to honor Marisa, and her sister, Wellesley, in this way. This means the world to me, my brother, and my family. Thank you, thank you!
(Because you know it will be November before I got around to posting these, if I waited!)
Kinda like Ross.
The next several posts are my attempt to get a little caught up… attempt being the key word! Mostly pictures, with just a few words. And, mostly for the grandparentals. :)
Connor LOVES the Sunday ads. If we let him, they’d be strewn about the house every day of the week. He enjoys looking at the pictures but his favorite things to point out are the logos for products. He’s a brand savant – no joke.