by shellysmomdad (96 Posts), Thu May 18, 2006 12:54 am
Well,I'm finally taking time to report the results of our Walk in Davenport (Iowa)last Saturday. To me the results are disappointing, but maybe I had my expectations too high from the start. For starters, the weather was less than ideal (45 degrees, cloudy, breezy). We had 210 pre-registered for the Walk, 270 total registered. We had quite a few no-shows Saturday, about 240 actually attended the Walk. We had two couples as guest speakers. The first couple to speak was Dan and Karen Bernick, with their daughter Hope. Karen had PE/HELLP syndrome 13 years ago when pregnant with Hope. Hope was born weighing slightly more than 1 pound, and was born with cerebral palsy. The second couple that spoke was Ryan and Meggan Fox, with their son Johnny. Ryan was a classmate and close friend of our daughter, Shelly. Meggan had PE/HELLP when pregnant with Johnny in October 2004. She suffered liver and kidney damage, and had a enlarged heart. After the speakers we had a jazzercize warm-up, compliments of friends of my wife (Brenda). We started the Walk, and during the Walk our prize committee drew names for the 40 door prizes that had been donated. I thought we had good media coverage leading up to the Walk (several newspaper articles, radio, TV PSA, and I appeared on TV on the local news show Thursday promoting the Walk). But the morning of the Walk, only one media person (a reporter without camera, but she did write a nice article for Sunday's paper) was present. To date, our event raised slightly more than $8,200, with some donations still trickling in. We had slightly fewer participants this year, but were able to raise more funds. I apologize for this long-winded summary. Our efforts to raise awareness will continue, as the fire in me has already been lit for 2007. Thank You.