CHOC WALK ~ Disneyland, CA ~ A Walk in the Park..Walking for the Gift of Life...

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Today was a wonderful experience in Anaheim, CA more specifically in Disneyland  for thousands of wal kers! It was the return of  the CHOC Walk  5K Walk in the Park ~ Children's Hospital of Orange County, aka CHOC (as most of us in SoCal know it). Fifteen thousand entrants participated in raising more than ONE-MILLION, SIX-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!  That's right over $1,600,000 for Children's Hospital of Orange County.

  • Our family and friends gathered our team "Katie's Crew"to join in the fun and fund raising. In our family we know first-hand the great work that's an every day event at CHOC. Our family member Katie (now six) is one of those kids treated this year at CHOC for cancer.
  • In 2006 alone, over 200,000 young patients were treated at this remarkable facility. I can also tell you from personal experience, not only do they treat the patient, in many ways they treat the whole family. Their expertise, kindness and caring are unsurpassed.

To experience today's walk was a joy for us all, including Katie herself.  We gathered (before dawn)  to meet just outside the entrance to park.

Once inside Disneyland we celebrated with others at the opening ceremony held on Main Street USA. Then the walk began, individuals and groups alike, thirty- thousand pounding feet and hundreds of strollers. Groups like "Katie's Crew" were announced as we passed Donald Duck and Pluto on the podium. Many of the groups were walking in support of some, while others were walking in memory of a loved one lost.

As the 5K wound through the streets, and the different areas of the park we were greeted with entertainment and a cast of some of Disney's most famous characters in each "land".  We stopped a few times to enjoy the scenery and fun.

 Experiencing  Katie and others having such a great time seeing some of their favorite characters brought a smile to us all. It was a great way to see Disneyland from a different perspective, early in the a.m. before the park was open to the public. This was a second time for me, the last time was another 5K run, this time it was clearly a walk. My friend  and fellow rainer Marlene Bridges and I talked about having such a great time, Marlene took a few of these photos herself. Seeing the park decorated so well for Halloween Time and fall made things seem even more festive than ever.

Winding back towards Main Street USA we were directed trough a back lot in the park, from there we headed to the streets of California Adventure for the second half of the walk.

Without exception we were constantly greeted by great smiles and well wishes from the staff members at the park. Then on to the finish line was in Downtown Disney.

Katie at the left, with brother Kyle and Dad stopped to watch some of the events. Katie's appearance has changed dramatically (as you can imagine)hair loss from chemo and the chubby cheeks are a result of steroids, and she continues to smile

It was a great time for all of us and in the long-run, through generous contributions of many, CHOC will continue to provide outstanding care for pediatric patients in need.

*Katie will be admitted again on Wed. to CHOC, this time for a day of heavy duty chemo, we will be at the hospital all day, Katie is my granddaughter.   Afterwards she's expected to return home, she's been a great little patient!

Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

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Mana Tulberg
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Lynda, What a beautiful post.

How were you guys able to walk (breath) with all the ash and wind in SO California.

Tell Katie I said Hi and that she is my hero.

Oct 21, 2007 06:52 PM #1
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Mana ~ Thanks for the nice comment. I left my house at 5:45 a.m. I think just before the fires began. We were completely unaware of anything that early. To to our surprise, it wasn't that windy at all in the park. Thanks, and I will tell her hi for you, she's really doing well.
Oct 21, 2007 06:56 PM #2
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Hi Lynda, Wow, an amazing and wonderful accomplishment. Sounds like everyone had a good time and Disneyland did its part . It is people like you that the real differnce in life. I knew when I met you there was something, something that makes you so special. Just as it was with Marlene, Kaye and Laurie. You are not all friends by accident. This piece you have written and the pictures  here give the effort even more prominence.

Tell Katie, your blogging friend from San Diego is thinking of her. Tell her my Yorkie is also in chemo and I'll send her a picture if she would like to see her.

We are in the midst of the fires, it is spreading so fast and the house smells of smoke and the ash is over everything in the garage. Outside everything is white and black with soot and ash. Lots to pray about tonight and I'll mention Katie too! 

Wonderful post and thanks Lynda for being my friend!

Oct 21, 2007 06:56 PM #3
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Missy Caulk
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Lynda, I'm thrilled you all raised so much money. I think and pray for Katie all the time. Glad it was a fun fundraiser.
Oct 21, 2007 11:03 PM #4
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Susie Roscoe
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What a wonderful post!!  I love to see the RESULTS as well...HOORRAAY for YOU, HOORRRAAY for Disney Land, and most of all HOORRAAAY for the Choc Walk!! 
Oct 22, 2007 12:40 AM #5
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What an amazing event!  I love people getting together to raise money like this.  And for Disneyland to be a part of it is fantastic.  My hat goes off to you Lynda.
Oct 22, 2007 01:09 AM #6
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Teri Eckholm
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Lynda--Wow what a fun place for a 5K fundraiser!! We have been to the Halloween Party in Orlando and from the looks of Disneyland, California's party is great fun too.

I am glad that Katie was feeling well enough to participate. She has quite a team on her side from the photos. Thank you so much for sharing them.

I will keep your granddaughter, Katie and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers for her upcoming chemo...Stay strong!

Oct 22, 2007 01:37 AM #7
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Lynda, I admire you so much.  What a strong and beautiful person you are.  This is a great post.  Katie must have picked up a lot of your qualities.  She's still in my prayers.  Please give her a hug from me.
Oct 22, 2007 03:22 AM #8
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Missy ~ Thanks for the comment and your prayers. It was a great event for all.

Susie ~ Results...you're right, thank you.

Ines ~ It was amazing, thanks. My best to your Dad too.

Teri ~ It was a fun, thanks so much and she is staying strong!

Maggie ~ So good to hear from you, thank you, and thank for the prayers. I hope you're doing well.

Oct 22, 2007 03:44 AM #9
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Marlene Bridges
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Lynda - What a great post.  You captured the event so perfectly in words and photos.  Katie is an amazing little girl---before and after cancer.  Maggie was wise to recognize that Katie is so much like her grandmother (and her incredible Mom, too).  Katie has a strong, loving, accepting, joyful and beautiful spirit.  The chemo and the steroids have not robbed her of that great sparkle in her eyes and that infectious smile.  She was certainly amazing yesterday.  Like her Gramma and Mom, Miss Katie loves a party and friends and family.  What a great blessing you all are!  And I would be remiss in not offering a blessing to wonderful CHOC and the unbelievable staff there.  What an amazing place.  I look forward to every opportunity to raise more funding for this most magical place on earth!
Oct 22, 2007 04:16 AM #10
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Lynda Eisenmann
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William ~ Oh my goodness, I almost missed your lovely comment, thank you so much, it's so nice of you. And yes Disneyland did do their part, they really stepped up to the plate on this one. And yes, I know Katie would love to see a photo of your Yorkie. Therapy dogs are a regular at the hospital, they absolutely do wonders with the kids. William, thank you again.

Marlene ~ Thanks so much for being there (as usual) with everyone yesterday. It was a great time and you're so right about the great folks at CHOC.

 

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You are a wonderful person and gramma and this all was quite the event for the little one which I'm sure she appreciated. Thanks for telling the story to all of us Lynda and my thoughts are with Katie and you and the whole family. 
Oct 22, 2007 05:06 AM #12
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Sally ~ Thanks so much for the visit and nice comment. We're learning (like lot's of others  out there) to take things a day and a week at a time.
Oct 22, 2007 05:20 AM #13
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Kaye Thomas
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Lynda.. Count me in next time..Katie will be in my prayers on Wednesday.. Whatever you need your friends are here..
Oct 22, 2007 10:08 AM #14
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Diane Velikis
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Lynda, What a nice post! It brings tears to my eyes when I see folks like you reaching out and stirring public awareness, raising money and helping Katie, and children like her.
Oct 22, 2007 10:28 AM #15
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Kaye ~ How nice to hear from you and thanks so much.

Diane ~ Thanks you for stopping by and including such a thoughtful comment.

Oct 22, 2007 10:31 AM #16
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Lynda, this was a great post for many reasons but I can not envision doing anything better than this to hopefully save young peoples lives.  Great post.  My wife and I will keep your granddaughter  in our thoughts along witht he rest of your family.
Oct 22, 2007 01:25 PM #17
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Gary ~ Thank you for such a wonderful comment, it's good to hear from you. I've been reading you myself for some time now.

Cancer is something that seems to affect everyone, yet we don't normally expect that for a five-year old. Thanks to the prayers of many, Katie and our family is doing well. It was heartwarming to see so many support loved ones of their own and the Children's Hospital.

Oct 22, 2007 04:31 PM #18
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Hi Lynda!!  I think this was a fantastic post.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers.  I will send up an extra special one on Wednesday for Katie!
Oct 23, 2007 06:38 AM #19
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Kimberly ~ Thank you so much, every single prayer counts!
Oct 23, 2007 06:45 AM #20
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