Yesterday Den and I went with Tim and the kids to greet Terrie and their team, The Pink Lemon Ladies, who were finishing the Komen walk for breast Cancer…They walked 20 miles a day for 3 consecutive days..The ending celebration was at Soldier Field….
Soldier Field is /was a really historic place…In my humble opinion, they ruined it when they “renovated” it..Now it looks like an alien spaceship landed inside…..We arrived about 3PM, and all of the participants were kept in a holding area inside Soldier Field until the final finish line was to be crossed. Being early and since we had some extra time, we walked over to the Chicago Police Memorial, right behind Soldier Field…
Just in front of the wall of water, there are a gazillion bricks, put there in honor of fallen and career Chicago Police Officers by friends and family…very touching..This is going to be a very snotty nosed cry kind of day, I can just feel it.
The Heiser kids had all made signs for their Mom….
All along the 3 days, Team Pink posted some photos on Facebook for us to see….Here are a few…
Mt. Prospect Fire Department was very gracious to the walkers. Most of the firefighters (and a couple dogs) were wearing pink T’s in their honor..
Note the Mt. Prospect Officer on right…wearing a pink shirt.. and even the squad car had a pink ribbon. Mt. Prospect was one of the towns they walked through…People were even coming out of their homes and applauding them, offering them water and encouragement.
The girls took time out to pose for photos at the check points, where they got drinks and encouragement. I intend to snag those pink socks from Ter for my “ensembles” .
Left to right, Ter, Kelly and Nancy…Back at “tent city”, they put a poster with the names of those who they were walking in honor of. YOU GIRLS ROCK!!
“I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR!”
At 4:30 PM, the “walkers” all came out, walking , some very slooooooowly, to the finish line..and to a huge round of applause and “woot, woot’s”. The music “Celebration”, by Kool and the Gang..(some of you know who they are, I sure do.) was blasting over the loud speakers…
It was hard to find Ter and her girls in the crowd, and I am pretty short soooo, I handed the camera off to Dennis….He could get the camera above the heads..and he did good!!
THERE SHE IS, THE ONE WITH THE PONY TAIL!!..SHE HEARD US SCREAMING HER NAME..AND THEN SHE TOOK OUR PHOTO!!!….
There were several ambulances involved in this walk, and they followed the walkers…
The emergency personnel obviously have a wonderful sense of humor. I especially loved these 3…
What a wonderful experience…Everyone was crying, hugging, dancing ( well, some of the walkers dancing very gingerly..). Terrie’s two teammates both had injuries, and had to stop for part of the walk..Kelly had 13 blisters and a bad back, Nancy had a bad knee, which was aggravated by the walk AND many blisters…I really gotta give kudos to those two Pink Lemon Ladies…they ended up walking the final day in lots of pain…Luckily, Ter didn’t have any bad injuries.
Terrie did have a couple blisters and when she got in the car, she said she would really like to cut her feet off, and her knees were very sore…NO, REALLY??? I called her later last night, and when she got home, she took a shower, put her feet up and got some “carry-out” Chinese food in her belly. After that, she actually felt good. This morning, I talked to her and she said she feels just fine, and she was out getting school supplies and groceries with Taylor…sheesh…more walking!!
That button above says almost all of it, except this last picture, (an idea I shamelessly snagged from Judy)….
7 MILES TO GO TO “THE END”.