Sunday, June 04, 2006

MADD's Strides for Change walk 2006

This Sunday Connie, Landon & I participated in MADD's Strides for Change awareness walk and fundraiser at the "Jake" in downtown Cleveland. We walked 3.1 miles in honor of Connie’s wonderful and loving sister, Cherie Marie Szucs, who was killed by a drunk driver on July 22, 2002, his second time behind the wheel under the influence.

We want to give a huge thanks to everyone who helped us exceed our goal of raising $1000.00. We don’t have the final count yet, but I think we ended slightly over $2300.00 and took second place in the team category. A big thank you to Meghan, Deborah and her family who helped raise funds for the team and to our parents who also supported the walk. Here are a couple photos of the early, humid and rainy Sunday morning. The beginning of the event was live on Channel 3 news, we got a call from a good friend who said we made the cut and got televised, to bad we didn’t have the dvr set.

Connie, Kevin and Landon kick’n it with Kenny (A local news reporter)

Landon was awe stuck and lov'n the attention of the Cavs girls!

The walk began with a slow trot on the Jacobs baseball field, the home of the Cleveland Indians. Wow, that field is nice, kinda gives you a new prespective on how far a home run actually is!

Our Guardian Angel Team

The 3 mile journey completed! Our group walked with the National president of MADD, Mr. Glynn Birch, that's right, it's not a female as you'd expect and not a mother, but a Dad who lost his 2 year old son to a Drunk Driver. He walked the entire 3 mile walk with our group and we had some very interesting conversations. I learned alot about MADD!

Landon putting the balloon hammer down...getty up daddio! He later decided to take a big ole bite out of the balloon during one of the speeches, drawing the attention of everyone...that's my boy!