There are 1,100 parking spaces at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Haven. They were all full for today’s “Walk To Cure Diabetes.” A back of the envelope estimate says 3-4,000 people showed up!
That’s pretty good, considering the weather was awful. There were showers before, during and after the event. From time-to-time there were even downpours.
I love going to this event because I get to meet the people I’m trying to help.
Though there was a research setback reported last week, I still think juvenile diabetes can be eliminated, as polio and smallpox have been eliminated.
Here’s the article. Read past the headline, the bad news is in the last two paragraphs. The good news that led the article had been out for a while.
I am the celebrity chairman of this walk. I don’t know exactly what that means, except I give away my bosses airtime promoting the event, say hello to a lot of people during the event and shake a lot of hands.
The photo attached to this entry is a typical shot and I took a few dozen today. I don’t know the name of the totally soaked guy I’m with, but I was pointing to his tattoo in a bit of good natured fun and he was pleased I was.
This year’s walk was special in another way. Helaine came with me. As much as I enjoy the spotlight, Helaine avoids it.
I am very lucky to be able to help JDRF in a quantifiable way. No one at work tells me or even asks me to do this. I just know it’s right, and it makes me feel good. It couldn’t be any simpler.
Waking up early (for me) on a Sunday morning to stand out in the rain has never been more rewarding.