Sunday in the park with Crohn's

On Sunday I took part in my first Crohn's & Colitis Heel n Wheel a Thon in stunning Sunnybrook park. What an amazing day!



I have to say a big thank you to everyone who donated money (or bought cupcakes) because with your help I was able to raise $1,724.75!!! For someone who set their goal at $500, I think I did pretty well! I really can't thank everyone enough.


On Friday they had been calling for rain on Sunday, but I woke up to see nothing but blue skies and sunshine - hooray!
Lori offered to do the walk with me, and I was excited to have some company. (Joey was going to come along but it turned out that his band was playing in Sudbury on Saturday night). Lori has a personal connection with Crohn's & Colitis after being diagnosed quite a few years ago. She has been an amazing resource and support for me throughout my diagnosis and journey so it was quite special that she accompany me on the walk. .



Sunnybrook Park is absolutely beautiful! It was a really nice place for a walk. Since it's the Heel N Wheel a Thon, there were people walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. There weren't as many people as I thought there would be so it wasn't too crowded along the path (although I have to say that some of the people on bikes were a little grouchy...)


We were greeted with volunteers cheering as well as yummy watermelon & water along the way.



Here I am at the finish line!

Vitamin Water was handing out samples so I enjoyed the lemon version.




It was yummy and cold although rather sugary, so I'm not sure I would ever buy it. There was pizza and burgers as well, but I couldn't take part in those. Perhaps next year they would consider having some salad and fresh veggies available for those of us who can't have wheat or gluten? I stuck with a pecan larabar instead.


Lori and I decided that next year we are going to get a team together and I think that next year I will run it. It felt amazing to be taking part in this event and I look forward to doing it in years to come. Thanks again to everyone for their donations!! Watch out... next year I'm going to be setting an even bigger goal!!

7 comments:

nikbis said...

How cute do you look with your braids! What a doll you are, congrats on raising that much, that's a wonderful contribution :) Its ironic that the muffins probably had wheat flour (I'm guessing they did because they looked fluffy and delicious!)

joey said...

I'm so proud of you muffin. Love you.

Jocelyn said...

congratz! sounds like a great event!

Katrina said...

That is awesome! I've been wanting to participate in a celiac walk for a while now, but there never seem to be any nearby. Maybe I should look into organizing one myself. Anyhoot... Congratulations on your event!

CoconutGal said...

Congrats Ash!!! I am so proud of you :)
(I agree pizza and burgers is a bit silly for the type of event, no???)

Love ya!

Zippy The Supper Fly said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful time at the event. :)

In response to the food concern, please fill the survey at http://www.heelnwheelathon.ca/EN/index.html

You will get heard, or I should say 'Have been heard.' ;)

Linz said...

So proud of you!!!!!