Feb 26, 2015

One Morning, One Mile, One Community

Last year was the first year I participated in Resolve's DC Walk of Hope. Ben and I were still very much mourning the loss of Cece, and didn't really know what to expect.

It was incredible.

To be surrounded by people who were going through the same thing we were, or had been there, or were simply there supporting their loved ones with infertility - I truly felt hopeful.

I saw people with shirts saying "I kicked infertility's ass," as they pushed a baby in a stroller. I saw women wearing shirts saying "I'm walking for him," with an arrow pointing to their pregnant belly. I saw couples smiling, and a few crying, and the sense of community was beyond what I could have ever imagined.

The DC Walk of Hope is Saturday, June 6th this year and I cannot wait. 

This year I'm not just volunteering and participating, I'm co-chairing it, and my fabulous co-chair Ashley and I wrote letters about Why We Walk. (Check that out here).

This year is going to be so much different than last for Ben and me. Lemon will be with us, and while I know Cece will be on our minds and hearts that morning, I also cannot wait to introduce Lemon to "his people." This community is how Lemon is here because this community is what gave me hope. Last year at the Walk I remember thinking, "maybe that will be us someday," when I'd see a couple with a child.
Without Resolve I wouldn't have found support groups, and Advocacy Day, and made connections with some of the sweetest women I know. They get it. They've been there; the shots, the exams, the losses, and even pregnancy after infertility which can be wonderful but anxiety-filled.

Last year, we were Team Cece. This year we are Team Rainbow Baby. A rainbow baby is a term used for a child after a miscarriage - and it makes my heart soar to think of strapping Lemon to mine or Ben's chest and walking the mile course with him this year.

Last year we set our goal to raise $500 and we surpassed it and raised $750! This year I'm upping the ante - our goal is to raise $1,000. After all the work and love and support Resolve has given us, I feel like it's the least we can do for them - I'm determined to get there!

Will you be around on June 6th? We would love for you to come walk with us! It's only a mile and it's free to register! Also, if you can, we would be so grateful for a donation. Every little bit helps, and while we are 100 days out it's going to be here in a flash!

The DC Walk of Hope is one morning, one mile, one community. Join us, won't you?


(You can donate to Team Rainbow baby here!)

7 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am so glad that you found this organization! They are so lucky to have you, though! If I was local, I would walk with you but since I'm so far away, I'll be walking a mile that day in your honor!

Nora said...

A) I will definitely walk a mile that morning in your honor from the Lou!
B) Expect a donation soon :)
C) Love you!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I can't be in DC that day, but I will walk a mile for all of you in Michigan on the 6th! ;)

Amber said...

I will definitely walk a mile with you again on the 6th! Can't wait to see photos of you, Ben and Lemon walking! Have you picked out an outfit for lemon yet?? :)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Last year, I was with you in spirit as Nora and I walked together in St. Louis. This year, I will be with you in spirit again, only this time from Chicago.

Katelin said...

huzzah for team rainbow baby! so excited for you guys to do this again and i will definitely be walking in spirit!

Lauren said...

I just signed up to walk with your team! I just finished my first IVF cycle and am starting my first frozen embryo transfer cycle soon - being in the middle of infertility treatment is really hard, but I cannot wait to experience the support of the RESOLVE community!

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