I thought this year I would post a picture of dad during his college days playing for UMaine. He was always a fierce competitor, and you can see it in this photo. Whether it was basketball, running, or fishing he always wanted to do his best. During ice fishing trips we often saw him with his head almost submerged in the hole. It's rumored he was some sort of "fish whisperer". I think this picture might also embody what we have done over the last few years as Warren's Walkers.
Warren's Walkers has accomplished some amazing goals. This will be our 5th walk and we are just shy of $50,000 raised. We have come together as family and friends to raise awareness and money for this devastating disease. We have all survived (a best guess) the grueling 5 mile walk and now stories and songs immortalize us. Most importantly, we have always met after to drink and be merry.
I also see something else in this picture. There is no quit in that stare. I am sure dad had his moments when ALS was slowly taking away his body, but I remember seeing that same stare at the end. There will be no quit in me until there is a cure for this ugly disease. I will continue to walk every year, fundraise every year, donate every year, and I will be honored to walk beside anyone on this team who can do the same. I am already humbled by what many of you have already done. I couldn't say it any better than my son Zach who wrote the following words on this page last year.
"I remembered looking around at the wake and seeing hundreds of people there. It was incredible how in his lifetime, Gramps had managed to inspire so many people. I heard stories from his friends, past co-workers, and our family about his life. These days, now that I’m thirteen, I know that he’s in a better place. The weeks before his passing he wasn’t in great shape. No one should have to suffer the way he did. Gramps endured so much."
People have to endure ALS every day. Not just those who have it, but also caregivers, family, friends, the medical community, researchers, and those who have lost someone. It's why I am part of Warren's Walkers. To endure and see this thing through to the very end. Thanks so much for being part of the team in the past and I hope to see you again this year.
|Dick & Dawn Colburn||$500.00|
|Mary Jane Rota||$100.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|