Cleveland 3Day, Aug. 17-19, 2007, about 1100
walkers 3 million raised
Bob and I never came home between these last 2 walks, but arrived
home late last night. Even though we are home for just a few days,
it was really good to be home. I am actually enjoying doing my
laundry and getting ready to leave for the Twin Cities on Thur.!
Leaving Chicago to even get to Cleveland became our first
challenge. We arrived at O'Hare to find out that our flight had
been canceled and they wanted to reroute us La Guardia! Bob would
have nothing to do with that idea, and after several other options
were discarded like driving from Chicago to Cleveland, we were able
to get a flight to Detroit; rent a car in Detroit (because they said
it was only 95 miles to Cleveland) and drive to Cleveland which
turned into 150 miles of driving. We figured the 95 mile figure was
as the 'plane flies' not going via freeway! We picked up our son in
law who was meeting us at the Cleveland airport and finally got to
the hotel with time for a few hours sleep before I was up at 4:30
Day one was about 82 degrees, no humidity, beautiful clouds in the
sky and a mostly residential kind of walk. Day two was a little
cooler and even better walking weather and again mostly residential.
It was a kick looking at fliers on homes for sale to see the prices
of property when I compare that to property here in CA!. Day three
was drizzling from the beginning of the day, and continued the whole
day! As a result of all of that rain the closing ceremonies were
canceled because the rain was predicted to continue and the
ceremonies are outdoors and there was no indoor possibility to
relocate. The walkers understood and I didn't hear any whining!
You just can't control the weather, but the production company of
the event has all kinds of alternatives ready for just about any
emergency, with the goal of taking the best care of the
walkers. They did just that!
Our son in law and Bob hung signs together on Fri and Sat. I know
they had a great time together and it is always special to have
Chris with us. I was so happy that we were able to pull this off
and have the time together.
It was great fun to see Michael from San Antonio. He is on the
motorcycle crew and rode his bike to Cleveland to participate! I
thought he said that he rode 2200 miles. I know I will see him again
on other events this year.He is a great supporter of the fight
against breast cancer.
I also saw Jacqueline again. I think the last time I saw her was in
CO. She is such a fun lady and told me that she cried when she read
about herself in my journal. She was crying as she was having that
conversation with me. She had her usual pink hair, but I missed her
As we were walking through a residential area on day 2 there was a
huge sign in front of a house saying that they were supporting the
cause in memory of Karen. There were a couple of adults outside and
about 6 young children. I yelled across the street to ask who was
Karen. A 6 yr. old boy said " that was our grandmother. She fought
it 4 times. She was a very strong lady" I then said "she would be
so proud of you". He said "she is watching over us all of the
time". By then I was crying----
I met Matthew from Michigan. He has created a Men of the 3Day
calendar that is quite the calendar! It is a fundraising for the
men in the calendar--I can't get over how clever and creative people
My hat is off to the families and friends of the Cleveland walk.
There were very large cheering sections every day, but I was so
impressed that even on Day 3 with all of the rain they were sitting
in their camp chairs with their big umbrellas cheering us on. What
great support! Go Cleveland!
Time to fold the laundry and repack everything in their plastic
Hugs to all of you. See you in the Twin Cities.