ALAW Seattle Walk for Asthma
Sharon O'Hara representing EFFORTS
Sunday, April 30, 2006


The 2006 American Lung Association of Washington’s annual 5 K Walk For Asthma in Seattle, began Sunday, 30 April 2006 at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium.  After registration, the walk began at 9:30 am, meandered from Husky Stadium through the beautiful campus and looped back to the stadium and Finish Line.

Our EFFORTS Team was there, eight strong this year, ranging in age from 42 - 89.  We came from far and near to be part of the second annual EFFORTS Team, Mary and Steve from Moses Lake; live 178 miles away on the dry side of the Cascades.  Most of us were a ferry ride away.  We were there to show our support for the American Lung Association of Washington’s EFFORTS for lung disease, for Asthma and to help make folks aware of COPD. Eleven o'clock was the approximate walk-end and the Finish line festivities promised fun, entertainment, games, refreshments and speakers…including an appearance by Blitz from the Seattle Seahawks… which we missed again. Our team included (beside COPDers) folks walking with Hip Dysphasia, a wrenched back and a Pace Maker.  Mary and Steve from Moses Lake, Julia from Seattle, Aaron from Seattle, Al from Port Orchard, Aggie from Belfair, Chuck and Sharon from Silverdale. Megan, a new Association team member, walked with us the final mile or so.  Megan has exercise-induced asthma.  She also RUNS and works out… as best she can.  Asthma – as COPD, saps energy unless we fight back through exercise… strengthening and aerobic… just moving! David Fitton, one of the Association’s cheery bike riding volunteers was part of the ‘caboose’ – the end I speed up to walk.  He and Charlie lifted the Asthma Walk direction signs as we passed and loaded them on his trike – as you can see in the picture, he had well over forty signs fastened.  Dave has FIFTY bikes in his garage!

EFFORTS and Angels, past and present, inspire and teach us to reach, to stretch, and EXERCISE for life. We had an EFFORTS Gathering at the Spaghetti Factory in downtown Seattle after the Walk… only four of us, Mary and Steve, Chuck and Sharon were able to attend, but we were an enthusiastic foursome AND brainstormed over future EFFORTS ‘happenings’… what is it about EFFORTS members that draw us together?  Passion and gratitude to and for EFFORTS leads the list...  EFFORTS teach us how to live again – as COPDers.

Thank you EFFORTS Angels, past and present!  God Bless!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sharon O’Hara, EFFORTS Ambassador


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Steve, Mary, Aaron, Julia and Al
Steve, Mary, Aaron, Julia, and Al
 
Agnes, Recumbent Trike and Sharon'sWalking  Poles
Agnes, recumbent trike and
Sharon's walking poles
Team involves the whole family
Team involves the whole family 
 
One of many generous vendors offering free goodies
One of many generous vendors
offering free goodies
A Mount Rainier climb may be in this boy's future...after practice on the Husky statue
A Mount Rainier climb may be in this boy's future...after
practice on the Husky statue
Asthma, as does COPD, affects everyone in the family
Asthma, as does COPD, affects
everyone in the family
 
A heartwarming display of the Asthma Walk solidarity and more dogs this year than last year
A heartwarming display of the Asthma Walk solidarity and more dogs this year than last year
 
Mom and dad getting Jr. prepared for the walk
Mom and dad getting Jr. prepared for the walk

 
Robin Evans-Agnew with delightful daughter
Robin Evans-Agnew, RN, MN, AE-C*Director Programs
and Advocacy* American Lung Association of Washington
and delightful daughter
Off they go!
Off they go!
 
The face of a COPDers daughter and Aaron
The face of a COPDers daughter and Aaron
One of the many signs volunteers staked out beginning at 0700
One of the many signs volunteers staked
out beginning at 0700
 
Three of the speedy EFFORTS Team members waiting for their slowest walker and Charlie gathering up the signs
  Three of the speedy EFFORTS Team members waiting for their slowest walker and Charlie gathering up the signs
Three of our team members far ahead of the caboose
Three of our team members far ahead of the caboose
 
Al, Sharon, Charlie, Chuck, Megan ,David gathering signs and 89 year old EFFORTS team member, Agnes, riding her recumbent trike
Al, Sharon, Charlie, Chuck, Megan ,David gathering
signs and 89 year old EFFORTS team member, Agnes,
riding her recumbent trike

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