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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Last Saturday

Last Saturday, March 18th,
I once again walked to benefit the fundraising efforts of
in honor of Christopher Wilke and in support of my friend (his mama) and her family.

This year, she wasn't there.  
She, her husband and son (Christopher's younger brother)
took a family trip, to "celebrate life". 

Monday, March 20th was the three year anniversary.
He continues to be missed each day, by so many.
I thought of this a lot as I walked with his Grandmother,
as she shared stories with me.
We laughed, we teared up,
and held space for his place in 
our lives.


 Ready to walk.

 I marvel at how his friends have grown, even over just the last year.
They remain mature, amazing kids...dedicated to the Change Works Foundation that they began inspired by Christopher's journey.

 White balloons are again released to honor and celebrate 
the children who have passed on.
This part is especially hard.

The three balloons Christopher's family let go
stuck together as the ascended above us.

 A view from the top of the hill.
The walk was very successful, which means many more families 
can be helped during their hardest days.


We stop at the Little Free Library
created in Christopher's name.
It is full of books appropriate for young children.

To close out the morning, a college student interviews Roy.
He is a long distance runner who partners 
with MHF to raise funds in Christopher's name.  He'll be running again in June 2017
You can find him on FB too.

Now that I think about it, you can pretty much everyone/thing on FB! 
Anyway, follow the links for more information or if you would like to donate.
Thank you in advance if you choose to do that.

"The death of a beloved is an event that rings and rings through life:
bearing it is not a problem to be solved, but a long, slow piece of music to listen
 to. And mourning, like music, is best listened to with others."    
~Sarah Miles 

May you and your loved ones walk forward into a green growing future.
xoNancy 


Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2017

2 comments:

Ms. said...

Always nice to see you here. Lovely group and good cause of course. The balloon release was touching (though I worry about birds when balloons are released)

Nancy said...

Michelle~ Always good to see you too!