Yesterday was the Bay Area’s FAAN Walk for Food Allergies. The whole family had a great time. Autumn was really proud to have raised money for a great cause and see so many other kids like her.
After registering we picked up our T-shirts and strolled through the vendor area collecting a load of allergy friendly cookies, chocolate milk and jelly beans. There were jugglers, bouncy houses, Zumba, balloon animals, human hamster balls, and a rock wall for the kids. Then it was off to do the walk.
It was three miles around pretty Lake Cunningham Park and old Raging Waters water park (I spent one soggy-ankled summer there back in the 80’s as a lifeguard / swim top retriever). Little brother ran the entire distance and we all spent the entire time trying to keep up with him. We made it to the finish in well under an hour despite little brother being pushed at the finish line and ending up in a bloody, tear-filled heap. A couple cookies and some jelly beans later and all was well. They had a bunch of singers and other entertainment to finish off the day including these cool Chinese dancers. I think Autumn’s favorite part was the human hamster ball – she looked more like she was in a giant clothes dryer as the guy spun her kinda fast.
Thanks FAAN for hosting such a fun, family event. This Walk was in honor BJ Horn, a young boy who mistakenly ate a peanut in some food and paid with his life. His loving father spoke about his life and his commitment to making sure no other families have to suffer this loss. There were dances and songs in his memory. It was a touching tribute.
If there is a FAAN walk near you – definitely do it! It was a beautiful way to celebrate all these kids together, get some exercise and have some fun. Thanks FAAN! http://www.foodallergywalk.org