Tuesday, May 24, 2011
NAMIWalk 2011: Every Mind Matters
There were speeches, donation announcements, music, but mostly it was the fellowship that made me proud. The old AA adage "It doesn't matter if you come from Yale or Jail" applies to the diversity of the NAMIWalk. Caregivers and patients, parents and children, new and old friends trekked the 3.5 miles with dignity. Perspiration and inspiration ruled.
Some of my favorite moments are like mental snapshots: My mother and daughter Kate leading the pack over a bridge. My brother laughing and talking with a friend. Jazzercisers doing the warm up. Wheelchairs and strollers. The Oklahoma Accordian Society (Random, but wonderful). Supportive long term friends showing up to wear the BiPolar Bears Team Tshirt and hamming it up for the cameras.
The money is still being counted, but it looks like they will achieve their goal of $130,000 to go toward advocacy, education, action centers, the help line . . . NAMI does so much for so many people.
Thank you NAMI for giving me and my brother a common cause and a way to help others together.