Stepping Out for a Cure!

Normally I try to sleep in a bit on Saturday mornings if at all possible since the rest of the week tends to involve an alarm clock that always goes off way too early. This Saturday, however, there was no time for being a sleepy head because 8am involved attempting Zumba and following it up with a 1 mile walk. Is this some new weekend exercise routine? Oh no, much bigger than than – today was Hiking & Hotcakes for Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma!

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Hiking & Hotcakes is an awareness and research fundraising event held by the Georgia Chapter of The Scleroderma Foundation. Never heard of Scleroderma? I never had either until a couple years ago when I met a co-worker affected by it. Scleroderma is a chronic, autoimmune disease for which there currently is no cure. To learn more about it, click here.

This is the second year I’ve walked on my former co-worker’s team. She and her team raised over $3,000 for Scleroderma research in this year’s event, of which I can only claim to have aided in a very small portion. The Georgia Chapter’s goal was to raise $30,000 and I learned that the total by event’s end was over $41,000!

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The Team Jenkins banner – an awesome team with a doubly awesome lady leading it!

The weather could not have been more perfect (no too hot with lots of cloud cover and even a nice breeze). Of course, both those running in the 5k and less athletic participants such as me who did the 1 mile walk needed to do some sort of warm up and that called for Zumba! I found out while trying to do Zumba for the first time in my life that I utterly lack any rhythm or coordination but I’m pretty sure everyone was having too much fun to notice.

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I took this photo while taking a break from almost whacking someone. Fortunately, no event participants were injured from my killer dance moves.

 

The walk itself was great and full of conversation and cheering for the other runners/walkers as they passed by and made their way to the finish line. And after the walk, we were all treated to pancakes and sausage during the awards ceremony. Walking for a great cause and pancakes – what better way could there be to start off Saturday?

Sadly, I left with no good pictures of the actual walk or the awards ceremony because I was busy walking and devouring pancakes (at the respectable times for each of course). Then again, such pictures can only be so interesting anyway unless the pancake has a smiley face or something. But hey, over $41,000 towards finding a cure for Scleroderma? That is definitely smiley face worthy!

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