Walk for Hope

The hospital where I work has an annual 5K walk for Cancer. I seem to have missed it for the last two years, I want to do it, but then it happens and….I didn’t. This year, I got organized early and  joined a team– Butterflies for Hope. It was started by one of the lab technicians that is a survivor.  Over a thousand other people stood with us on the starting line.

It wasn’t a great day (rained all the way back from the halfway point), but it was marvelous. Everyone was in a great mood, and the air practically pulsed with good vibes. I had a wonderful time with my co-workers on my team, and saw many familiar faces.

I may have stopped for a few good pics 😛  Fall in Maine is a wonderful time, with color even on gray days.  The walk was along the  Kennebec Rail Trail, which gave quite a few opportunities for pictures.

Wings were in evidence everywhere! I particularly liked the rainbow wings. I hadn’t realized that every cancer has a specific color for their ribbon, being most familiar with Pink for Breast Cancer and simply Purple for Cancer itself.

Not only was a  ribbon provided for each, the bibs had room for each person to write who they were walking for, whether it was for themselves or (and) a family member.  And our CEO not only made the expected speech before the walk, he drove one of the carts for survivors who wanted to participate  but could not make the full walk.  I thought that was pretty cool.

A glimpse across the river  to Fort Western

It was a large crowd with pink  in abundance in clothing, hair and beards; puppies everywhere (with pink bandanas and tutus); and children bouncing around with footballs and high spirits.

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