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thank you to every single one
of you who has supported team twinkle toes either financially, emotionally
or both. without all of you - it would not matter one tiny bit how
amazing our team was - we couldn't have done it without each and every one
of you supporting us - friends and family from the start of this journey
right thru closing ceremonies san diego. all of
you have made such an amazing difference in our journey and without each
of you - none of this would have ever happened and we are so grateful for
your kindness, tolerance and patience. we are truly blessed to be
able to do this. the twinkle toes team
San Diego 2013
it was unbelievable - it was amazing, horrifying, scary, painful, brilliant, beyond anything i thought i could do - as i kept telling myself when we took those 8% grade hills (three of them, one each day) i had a whole lot of people pushing me up those hills and i owed everybody to do my absolute best because you all supported me and our team. these old thighs hurt like hell because there is no place in the central valley to train for those kinds of hills - somehow...up the hills we went...and down the hills we went too...and we just kept right on trucking until the end at petco park in downtown san diego...
no matter how much i do this - the lump in the throat still happens, the tears at the finish line still come - the throat lumps on the route when you come across a 72 year old man who lost his wife and was walking - taking every single hill, when we checked on him - kept telling us that he was the turtle and the hare...slow but steady and we screamed our brains out for him when he crossed the finish line... signs on people's back and fanny packs in memory of or in honor of...survivors and people in treatment, patients with no hair, patients being wheeled in chairs... and the amazing support of the crew who took care of us the entire time - and our own amazing team crew who worked full shifts at the mash unit pit stops patching up people with broken toes and broken skin and yet spent time patching us up too...
it truly takes a village and we had one incredible "village" in san diego but we also had an amazing group of citizens supporting our tiny "village" from all parts of this country and beyond. i am grateful, humbled, blessed and so very proud and happy of all of us - you all made it possible - without you all - our twinkle toes would never ever have been successful.
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why i am doing what i'm doing... and i get asked that question a lot.
her name is julie and she is one of the strongest women i have ever had the honor to know. she is from kansas and lived there with her husband and 13 year old daughter. she asked me back in january 2012 if i would bring her a t-shirt from the 3-day in dallas. in fact, it was one of the very first things i did that thursday afternoon on-site in dallas - sandy and i picked out a hot pink, short sleeved t-shirt for julie. she was on my sparkly hat as a donor "jewel" and also on the list of names tucked into my hat band.
we generally "spoke" via e-mail except when she needed some special help with a problem and the last time i spoke on the phone with her was the middle of september. she was terrified about the pin-point radiation they were scheduling because the breast cancer had metastasized to her brain. she worried that she wasn't "strong" enough to do the treatment. i told her to take it treatment at a time, to give herself a break and not expect too much from herself and every time it felt overwhelming, look at her daughter riley and know she was doing it for herself and because riley needed her mama. she assured me she would do all those things and we hung up after some more chat and her promise to call if she needed me.
she sent me a pile of christmas ornaments to finish for her and i told her they would be done very soon after i got home from dallas and i would just send them along with her t-shirt.
i came home from dallas and after they found my bag and returned it to me got her t-shirt ready to go and finished up the ornaments to send with and sent her an e-mail...
didn't hear from her for a week - a little unusual for her - and i came in here last monday with "finding julie" on the top of my list of things to do.
she died october 15, 2012 at the age of 44. her husband didn't know how to get in touch with me until they found my email on her work computer.
every person deserves a lifetime and julie didn't get hers. that's why i am determined to continue to do what i do...and this is just ONE story in TOO many millions...
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