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.
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!)