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The Walk of a Lifetime

The walk of a lifetime took place on October 9th of this year. What started as a small challenge grew into a much bigger event. I had a goal of having 76 walkers and a goal of raising $4000. Five months later I witnessed a team of 283 walkers and with their efforts raised $20,000. We came together on a beautiful fall Sunday morning with one goal in mind: to provide hope and support for all those patients and families where ALS has made its mark. The reason I call it the walk of a lifetime is because from that day on every fall my family and hopefully my friends will continue to be a part of this event the rest of their lives.


Even though I have always known how wonderful my family, friends, coworkers, and former high school and college classmates were, it took the disease of ALS for it to resonate with me how truly loved and lucky I am. It was so much fun to reconnect with so many people. I laughed a lot that day and that was what I was hoping would happen. I also met the children of some dear friends that I had not met before as well as new friends of people close to me. In many ways, it was much like a wedding day. We spent all this time planning and praying for good weather and when the day finally came, before you know it the event was over and we were saying our goodbyes. Anyone who knows me also knows I can get emotional. I was doing fine until my aunt came to say goodbye. It was at that moment that I became aware of the significance of the day. It began to register and the tears began to flow. From that point on I had trouble saying goodbye without being emotional. I would be lying if I didn’t say this journey has been lonely at times for me. But witnessing the sea of red tie-dye shirts of team Must Be The Eutee made me realize that my family and I will never be alone on our ALS journey.

I have so much to say to everyone who walked and/or supported my team but I am not sure words would do justice. Instead, I will just say I love you all, and I look forward to sharing the walk of my lifetime with each of you.


7 responses to “The Walk of a Lifetime

  1. julie ⋅

    we had a great time and were proud to walk as part of your team!

  2. Cheryl Lange ⋅

    It was a “Beautiful Day” Jim … we were all honored to walk with you that day. Rest assured, we are committted to walk with you, Susan & the kids for the entire journey. Love you … and we are ever so proud of you!
    cheryl

  3. John and Karen Boler ⋅

    Jim,
    You are my Hero!
    Thank you God for bringing Jim into our lives!
    You are fulfilling your mission in life and we are experiencing Gods strong pesence in you.
    It’s beautiful!

    Love you friend,
    Karen

  4. JB ⋅

    Jim,
    So very glad to have you as a best friend. The walk was absolutlely beautiful and you did a great job with all of your preparation and promotion of the event and fundraising initiative. Your kind and humble words and amazing fortitude continue to inspire me every day. We are with you!
    Love you, Buddy!
    JB

  5. Sally Weis ⋅

    Jim,
    This is so awesome! We’ll be there next year to walk with you and your wonderful family!

    Love you,
    Gerry & Sally

  6. Ed Schmit ⋅

    UTI,

    You are a light my friend. Taking this awful illness head on and choosing to praise GOD instead of blaming him is inspirational. You are a true role model and a christian who is changing lives. May GOD bless you and your family and may he give you strength to continue fighting. I’m so proud that I get to call you my friend.

    Ed

  7. Sankari

    We love you all! It was such an amazing walk Jim – so honored to be part of it! You are simply pure light – always radiating bright!!!! Love to you and Susan and the kids!!!!

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