For the past 10 years, it has been our family’s Mother’s Day Tradition to participate in the Revlon Walk for Breast Cancer in Los Angeles. All of us together in 2005.
The walk is held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year. Our tradition started when my family asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day? It was my way to get everyone to participate in a school community service activity, WILLINGLY.
Here is the start and the finish, into the LA Coliseum. About 50,000 people walk/run every year.
It’s funny that what began as my taking advantage of the holiday to try to teach my kids about giving back has became an important annual ritual in our family. It’s fun to see how the kids have grown through the photos each year, going from three kids at home to two.
For 21 years, the Revlon Walks in Los Angeles and New York have raised over $70 million to support research, provide treatment and financial support to women facing cancer. Most everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.
For the past few years, we have walked as a family of three and I am now the shortest in the picture! What’s amazing is that although we get up at the crack of dawn each year and struggle with 50,000 other people to get to this one place, WE LOVE IT. It’s an incredible feeling to be in a sea of people who all care about other people. Who all got up early, who all struggled with the traffic and parking. Who are all smiling from ear to ear to be part of something bigger than themselves and about others and not themselves. I hope it is instilling in my children an appreciation for giving back that will be with them all of their lives and I hope that they will pass it on in their own families someday. It’s infectious and I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding and joyful on Mother’s Day.