Sunday, December 7, 2014

PH Fundraiser with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Cookies

I met Ruth in the change room at my local pool.  We share a love for swimming, a certain brand of undergarments (this is what happens when you spend a lot of time together in various states of dress and undress) and motherhood.  Ruth has also shared her family's journey with Pulmonary Hypertension, a disease that affects one of her daughters.  There is just something about Ruth that makes me want to make a difference in her daughter's life and for the cause of Pulmonary Hypertension.

November was Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month and Ruth helped to organize a couple of fundraising events at our local Leisure Centre.  There was both a swim-a-thon and a walk-a-thon with prizes for the top fundraisers and top swimmers/walkers.  The top swimmer swam an amazing 910 laps (22 3/4 kilometers) in a week!  I participated in the swim-a-thon and while I only reached a quarter of the winner's distance, we all had a great time swimming, meeting at the pool during the week at odd times to get more distance in and cheering each other on!

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We all gathered poolside at 6:45 am last Thursday (cutting our swim class short) to award the winners.  It was a great cause and a great way to raise money.  People worked really hard - and some of them did it just because of cookies!  In the end over $1500 was raised and we all can't wait until next year.  Here are some of my friends wearing their cookies medals!!

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