10-26-14 Newsflash Update:
Arizona Walk to End Lupus Now Update – RAINED OUT
The only thing predictable about lupus, is that is it unpredictable! So it is with the monsoon weather in our warm desert southwest climate! Without so much as consulting the Lupus Foundation of America, the last major monsoon storm of the season hit our area, fueled by left overs of a hurricane moving north into Arizona from the Baja gulf.
The Arizona Monsoon rained on the LFA parade!
After recently struggling with the decision, I resigned from LFA’s Arizona Advisory Council and Walk Committee. I was losing balance and trying to do more than my type A personality in a type C body could handle without hurting myself. With grieving the recent loss of my father, plus dealing with the probate of his estate, while also trying to keep up with my health and the professional demands of my law office, I have been in my own “flash flood” of overload. Something had to go, so I finally determined to step down from my LFA commitments.
After also making the very difficult decision to opt out of this year’s walk, my husband and I learned we would have visiting out-of-town family all week.
Our son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren had a sudden opportunity to take a week’s vacation and travel to Phoenix to spend it with us. Then, we heard later that day that the walk was rained out! Somehow it softened my sense of conflict a little to know that if I had gone, it wouldn’t have happened anyway.
Now, I am hoping that by the time of the next Arizona walk, my personal life will quiet down a little and I can plan once again to attend!
LFA Letter to Arizona Lupus Community
I think you might really enjoy reading an except of this week’s wonderful letter from Dana Woldrop and Zach Feuerherd and the LFA national office:
Dear Arizona Walk Supporters,
Thank you so much for your support of the Lupus Foundation of America!
As you know, we were forced to cancel the festivities at the Walk to End Lupus Now Arizona event this past Saturday at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. We were absolutely heartbroken that the day could not continue, but with 75 mph winds, extreme flooding, power outages, and roads closed, safety for you and our volunteers was our first priority. A portion of our walk route was actually underwater!
We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to our many volunteers who braved horrendous conditions to help us set up, protect our materials and tents, and then clean up. Our walk committee absolutely went above and beyond in both planning the event, and working alongside us in miserable weather on Saturday. We were touched and inspired by the many walkers that came to the event site even after it was cancelled, and stayed to help and visit with other walkers.
We realize the need to have a day where Arizona lupus patients and their caregivers can come together to celebrate the work that has been done to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact. We are working on a plan for a get together before the end of the year, where we can honor our top fundraisers and committed volunteers, learn more about the services and resources available, and have fun! We will be in touch with details soon!
We are so thankful for your generosity…as of this morning, we have raised over $63,000.