It's that time of year again where we begin talking Spring and of course, the Walk to Cure Arthritis. We are excited to be preparing for our eighth Walk and this year the Walk will be even more bittersweet as it will be our last Walk here in Michigan.
Late summer of 2019 we made the decision to make a change and relocate to North Carolina at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. Our decision was based primarily in the hope that the change is climate will be beneficial to Mackenzie and her battle with her arthritis. Michigan has always been home to our family but for a child that is battling arthritis the brutal Michigan winters are extrememly hard. The cold temperatures often tend to leave Mackenzie in active flares with swollen joints and a great deal of pain and when the real feel temperature dips below twenty degrees it's painful for her to even go outside which leaves her isolated from friends at school when they all go outside for recess. In North Carolina these types of bitter cold temperatures are very rare and will allow her the opportunity for a better quality of life.
This year we are asking everyone to please make an extra effort to join us for the Walk on May 3rd. Becuase this is our last Walk to Cure here in Michigan we would love to see our biggest Team turn out yet and send Mackenzie off to North Carolina having felt the tremendous love and support of all of her family, friends, and supporters. In recent years our team has drastically shrunk and it's been very obvious to Mackenzie. We know life happens and gets busy but this year we would love to surprise her with a huge turnout, bigger then ever before! Let's put a huge smile on her face and surround her with everything you've got!!!!
This years Walk to Cure will once again be held at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI. Onsite check-in will begin at 11:00am and the Walk will officially step off at 1:00pm. There will be lots to do before and after the Walk so bring your families and friends! The course will have both a 1 mile and a 3 mile option and the entire course is paved. Online registration is open and it's FREE to register. All participants need to register before joining in at the event. To join our team, follow this link: https://events.arthritis.org/team/mackenziessidekicks and click the JOIN OUR TEAM button. It's that easy!
Let's make 2020 the year to remember!!!!