Heart Walk 2013

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We were blessed with another AMAZING Heart Walk day with incredible weather, a great turnout of friends and a truckload of memories our family will cherish!  It’s so hard to pinpoint a highlight…I’m always amazed at how the big kids embrace the day and it was fun to see Rudy enjoy himself but this year we received quite a bit of feedback from friends about how special the day was for them too and that means so much!  “Team Rudy” broke records with a final fundraising tally of $12,340.00 – OUTSTANDING!!!  So, whether you came or gave or BOTH…Thank you!  Thank you for sharing in this special tradition and amazing achievement!  TEAM RUDY ROCKS!!!

Rudy and Stella during set up :)

Rudy and gal pal Stella during set up 🙂

Members of Livy's Girl Scout Troop volunteered to pass out water on the wak route!  They did a great job!

Members of Livy’s Girl Scout Troop volunteered to pass out water on the walk route! They did a great job!

Jeni joined us again this year and brought her mom and niece!

HLHS survivor Jeni joined us again this year and brought her mom and niece!

Rudy, Christa and Jeni - HLHS Thrivers!!

Rudy, Krysta and Jeni – HLHS Thrivers!!

Lisa and Daniel get the award for traveling the most miles...all the way from North Carolina!

Lisa and Daniel get the award for traveling the most miles…all the way from North Carolina!

Rudy's cardiologist and his wife are big supporters of the Heart Walk!  Yay Dr. and Dana Harake!!

Rudy’s cardiologist and his wife are big supporters of the Heart Walk! Yay Dr. and Dana Harake!!

Rudy's school nurse came and showed her support with a homemade Rudy tshirt!!

Rudy’s school nurse Sarah (& her daughter) came and showed her support with a homemade Rudy tshirt!!

Max reenacting his reaction to the announcement that Team Rudy raised $11,715.00!!!  Ha

Max reenacting his reaction to the announcement that Team Rudy raised $12,340.00!!! Ha

The rocking DPHS drum line!!

The rocking DPHS drum line!!

High fives for all the Westmont Warriors at the start of the walk!

High fives for all the Westmont Warriors at the start of the walk!

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Some "Rayme love" from Logan's mommy!

Some “Rayme love” from Logan’s mommy!

A triumphant moment for Rudy!

A triumphant moment for Rudy!

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Rudy with heart buddy John Dixon!

Rudy with heart buddy John Dixon!

Go drum line, go drum line!

Go drum line, go drum line!

Rayme (Logan's mom) and I were presented with an American Heart Association Appreciation Award for our fundraising efforts as "Moms With Heart" teams!  A special honor to share with Rayme.

Rayme (Logan’s mom) and I were presented with an American Heart Association Appreciation Award for our fundraising efforts as “Moms With Heart” teams! A special honor to share with Rayme.

Well done Rudy!

Well done Rudy!

All the final preparations for the Heart Walk were a fun distraction this past week but it’s back to “business as usual” tomorrow (Monday) as Rudy and I have an early morning departure for 2 appointments at UCLA…our first with the dental clinic and a follow up with Dr. Nina (ENT).  I’m a little nervous about these appointments so I’m praying for an encouraging consult with the dentists and a plan with Dr. Nina to close Rudy’s tracheostomy stoma soon.  Thank you, thank you!  Bless you dear ones!

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9 Responses to “Heart Walk 2013”

  1. Joyce Says:

    Amazing! I hope I can be there next year to support and cheer Teams Rudy and Logan!

  2. Uncle Steve Says:

    That picture of Rudy walking by the gauntlet of DPHS cheerleaders is precious!! So proud of you all!! See you in a week!

  3. Jamie Weitzman Says:

    These pictures are just beautiful! And Rudy’s smile…PRICELESS!!!

  4. Grandma Jo Says:

    Pictures are wonderful but nothing could beat participating in person. You were in my thoughts all day and I am grateful for all of the support the heart “kids” received. Rudy, you did your part by participating in the walk and beaming your beautiful smile. I am so proud of you, our little warrior. Love and prayers for all.

  5. Grace Niklasson VanNortwick Says:

    Wow! Rudy is a total star!!!! Amazing support….I’m sure overwhelming!!!! Love the pix!…..esp. the one with Rudy and the balloons next to the cheerleaders. Love you Rudy….soon you’ll be five!!! Oh my oh my!!!!
    Prayer for strength and wisdom as you go to the appointments today, Trish!!! Love you all!

  6. Robbie Zeller Says:

    Praying for your time at UCLA after such a big weekend
    .Thanking God that he continues to love you all through people who care for Rudy so well. These pictures are so wonderful from the walk. Love to you all! Robbie

  7. Kelly Says:

    Awesome! So beautiful. Speechless.

  8. Joann Saraceno Says:

    Boy, what a blast!!! Bummed I couldn’t make it, too. Thanks for sharing. Blessings,
    Jo

  9. Dana Harake Says:

    Beautiful pictures of such a special day!! Love!!!!

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