Today, I am feeling like a rag that has been run through the wringer.
On Saturday, I hosted a benefit for a friend of mine, Julie,
who became paralyzed in a car accident last November.
She broke two vertebrae in her neck and now
is wheel-chair bound with limited use of her arms and hands.
There is only a 2% chance she will walk again.
She is 49 years old and prior to the accident, she had been
a nurse, a student in a massage therapy program, a kayaker, a dancer,
|My friend, Julie in her kayak|
a mother, grandmother, a painter, a musician, and a baker.
I spent the past two months coordinating this event, which included
food, a silent auction, and 6 hours of live music.
The community really pulled together in a stunning show
Six hundred people attended and raised over $21,000--
not bad for an economically depressed, rural area!
Silly woman that I am, I neglected to take today off work
to allow myself time to recuperate.
Saturday was like running a sprint for 14 hours straight.
My mom teased me about launching a second career as an event planner,
but I don't think I could do this type of work all the time.
I am glad to have been able to help Julie. She has a long,
difficult road ahead of her, and she is facing this
challenge with grace and strength.
Please send up a little prayer for her.
Have any of you undertaken a fundraising venture like this?
If so, I would love to hear your stories and the stories of those
whom your efforts benefitted.
Until next time...