Why I'm walking a marathon
Like many people, I share a handful of the good times that I have with friends and family through posts on Facebook. But we all know this is just 'Facebook' life and not reality. In reality we all have happy days and sad days but there is always somebody doing it tougher than you.
Tommi and I are so very fortunate. We have an amazing healthy 4 year old son that already challenges me :) and yet has shown me the greatest love and joy that I did not know existed before he was born.
As a parent I've had the 'usual' sleepless nights. I've even spent several nights over a Christmas period at Joondalup Hospital with Riley to rule out meningococcal. Numerous tests and a lumbar puncture later, it was all good. The worry, the "what if's?" that was crap. But, that is absolutely nothing compared to the sleepless nights some parents experience.
From 1998, for about 8 years, I volunteered for Radio Lollipop at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The 'sick kids' and their families that I was fortunate to cross paths with, still inspire me every single day.
Some kids were always going to be okay, and others were never going to make it. The love and sleepless nights that their families endure cannot possibly be known.
Sickness is not unique to the metropolitan area. So many families would travel from regional WA to be with their child every single day. I have witnessed that this is not something everybody is in a position to do so that right there is why I am staying up all night and walking 42km to raise money for Ronald McDonald House who last year provided 13,140 nights accommodation to 1,087 regional families with a child receiving hospital treatment in Perth.
The image I have posted for this blog is of Riley helping me train for the marathon walk.
If you are in a position to donate for this cause, I would greatly appreciate it, as will the many families that your donation will help.
Big love to all, especially those that have more sleepless nights then others.
Oh and a big thank you to the generous donations I have already received.
I'll be Up All Night for sick kids
I’m taking part in Up All Night to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia (RMHCWA). Walking in an overnight marathon isn’t going to be easy, but it’s nothing compared to being the parent of a sick child.
Every day, families from across WA come to Perth so that their child can receive emergency medical treatment. Ronald McDonald House is their Home Away From Home during the most difficult time of their lives.
I’m stepping up to show the families at Ronald McDonald House that they aren’t alone.
Join me on my journey. Donate to my page today.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Alison And Terry Peovitis