An Inspiring Walk for 1 in 100 Experience
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
I attended the first-ever Walk for 1 in 100 in Nashville, TN, back in September. I had the date marked on my calendar for months and was highly anticipating the event. I formed a team named “Heartstrong,” because I felt it best described who I am. I shared the event via Facebook and started my own fundraising page.
I had attended a Congenital Heart Walk last year and raised more than $1,000, which landed me a spot in the Golden Hearts Club. That accomplishment motivated me to set a goal of $1,500 for this year’s walk. I wanted to do more than just ask for donations, so I decided to tell my story, as well as educate my peers, on who ACHA is and why the organization means so much to me. I wanted my friends and family to truly understand how my heart defect affects me, and how much ACHA helps adults living with congenital heart disease. Through sharing my story and educating my peers, I exceeded my goal by $100!
The day before the walk, my parents and I loaded our cars in Memphis and headed to Nashville. We met our friends who joined my team and prepared for the walk the next morning. On the day of the walk, we started the day with breakfast and headed to Centennial Park. It was a beautiful day, and there were plenty of fun activities for all ages.
Everyone lined up by team as the cheery emcee announced the team names. Who better to lead the teams than someone in a heart costume? I started getting emotional as the last few teams were announced, and the walk began. I was truly grateful for the amount of support that I had received, and being surrounded by the congenital heart disease community made me feel like we were all family. We walked a mile around a beautiful pond, and ended the event by announcing the top fundraisers.
I wanted to share this experience because events like this are so important. Not only does it spread awareness, it brings people together. Friends, thank you for supporting those who are so invested in a cause. Your support goes a long way and makes a huge impact! I’m looking forward to the events that ACHA will host in the future. Until then, I will continue to take any opportunity I have to be an advocate.
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