Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One Big Goose Bump

Last Friday I started my adventure up north from Florida to Saranac Lake, NY for Rockin' for Rett 2.0 organized by the Daltons in honor of their beautiful daughter, Emma.

I say "One Big Goose Bump" because all day long I kept experiencing one amazing thing after another: meeting new Rett families, hearing supporting words, watching the droves of people arrive to share the day, taking in the view of the vast expanse of corn fields, seeing the Girl Power flower pop up all over the event on faces, shirts, a puppy!, a huge rock, cookies, sun catchers.....

The video below will give you a peak into this amazing day!

Before I get to the video, I want to showcase some amazing GIRL POWER at the event!

First, let me introduce you to Rachel and Mariah. Mariah moved away to another state and came back to visit and support the event. She surprised me with a check for $500 that she raised holding a bake sale back home in Washington State! Rachel, Emma's cousin, put together the bake sale at the event itself. As you will see in the video, she had the back of the truck FILLED with baked goods - literally hundreds of cookies, cakes, and other goodies that she and her friends made. Her bake sale raised over $800!

Another three girls came to volunteer from a local high school. We put them to work selling paper flowers for our Garden of Hope for $1/each. They sold about 30 and then said they had about 40 minutes left in their time. We told them to go and enjoy the music. BUT more than one hour later, they were still walking around selling flowers! They were up to 118! You can see the amazing Garden of Hope they helped grow at the event in this photo!

This is what Girl Power 2 Cure is all about. Bringing together families and their community in hope and joy. Inspiring young girls to get involved to help fellow girls who are suffering. Raising awareness for Rett Syndrome and funds to support our vision to make Rett Syndrome the first curable neurological disorder. Thank you to the entire Dalton and Cheney crew for putting together an amazing event!


- Ingrid Harding

1 comment:

Robyn Poulsen said...

I am the co-advisor of the math honor society in Lake Placid, NY that sent several students to volunteer at Rockin' for Rett. I want to share what one of the girls pictured said to me in school on Monday. I thanked her for volunteering, and she said, "I really feel like I did something." At first I didn't understand what she meant, and replied, "You had a huge day! Soccer game in the morning, and then volunteering in the afternoon. Of course you did something!" She said, "That's not what I mean. Instead of just hanging out at home Saturday night, I DID something. I feel like I made a difference." That was my "One Big Goose Bump" moment. :) We were thrilled to be able to help.
Robyn Poulsen