This past weekend was the 2013 AHA Heart Walk and it was amazing! This is always one of my favorite days of the year because we get to celebrate Max as a success story as well as all the other heart survivors. It's such a sweet event, and what made it even sweeter is that we had so many of our friends and family show up to support us. We have an amazing support system and are so thankful for that. It is estimated that there were over 12,000 walkers there on Saturday for the 5K and, so far, Nashville has raised over 1.4 million dollars! Isn't that incredible. Tyler and I are so incredibly happy to say that our team helped contribute to that number. Our goal this year was $10,000, but we blew past that and have raised more than $11,500!!! Additionally, Eric has a separate team devoted to Max and he raised $1,600 all my himself!! Isn't that amazing?! We are so humbled by and thankful to everyone that donated and/or has supported us in so many ways. God has blessed us in more ways than we could ever count!
Here are some photos of our special day and the special people that shared it with us...
Every good morning starts with Lucky Charms
We got to the event super early because Channel 2 News wanted to highlight our story on the live news at 8am. They interviewed Tyler and he did a great job of telling people why the Heart Walk is important to us. The whole time Tyler was talking, Max kept asking for fruit snacks while picking his nose. Silly boy!
The Channel 2 News reporter that interviewed us
The "Top Walker" tent
Uncle E, Chelsea, and Tressa Kate joined us in the "Top Walker" tent early that morning. This is for people that raise over $1,000 for their team. Eric raised over $1,600 all by himself for Max's team. We were so grateful to him for that! We enjoyed a nice omelet, coffee, a photo booth, massages, and an artist that draws caricatures. What a nice thing to do for top fundraisers!
Getting our caricature done
Tripp, Thomas, and Ms. Abby getting ready to start the 5k`
Meg and Lilly
Everyone seemed to be really excited about the walk except for Max.
Ms. Abby's friend, Necia, joined us.
Max was most excited the whole day about meeting Shrek
All the boys pushing the babies while sporting our new "Cardio Max" shirts...
Josh, Thomas, Eric, and Nick
T and E pushing Max and Tressa Kate
Max wanted to finish the race by walking the last 1/2 mile and holding Uncle E's hand.
Our little heart warrior
Crossing the finish line with E.
But before crossing the finish line, he decided it was time to take a short break for some raisins. I thought this was hilarious! Everyone else is walking, and Max just sat down on the road to take a break and refuel.
Laurel, Matt, Mattie Bea and Henry made it the the walk to help support us.
The Three Musketeers!