Today was a truly amazing day! It was full of surprises, love, and a whole lotta pink! God blessed us with perfect walking weather. It was comfortable and beautiful. I was so touched to see so many shirts with "Nicole's Angels" on the back. I was equally honored to wear one that said survivor on the back!
It was an emotional day for sure, but a good emotion. I cried a decent amount, but I was armed with my waterproof mascara. I had the most amazing team to walk with. I counted my blessings today, all 75 of the ones who were there or there in spirit. Thank you to all who walked, all who thought of us and all who donated! In the end, we raised more than $8,000 for the American Cancer Society! As my mom said afterwards, we took something awful and made it into something wonderful. I'm so very proud of that!
One of the other special parts of the day was when several long-term survivors randomly came to hug me and tell me that I would be ok. Particularly, a 17 year survivor came right on up to me to share that message. She told me to hang in there and never give up. I could not thank her enough. She gave me an extra boost of hope. So truly special.
I also was particularly excited to see the pink fire truck! I literally jumped up and down when I saw it was there. Being a firefighter's daughter and sister, there was an extra level of special to sign that. What added to the beauty of that was when my nieces and my brother inked there messages too. Beautiful, special, touching!
I have never shared pictures on the blog before, but today I will post a few. Check out my fierce team, me proudly rocking the words "Survivor", a special picture of me and Steve, and my awesome team captain and cousin Frankie and the cake she made me!