2012 Walk: Day 18

It’s really hard to explain where Monday ended and Tuesday began.  We left the walk team after our events Monday in Boca Raton to fly to New York City.  The National Child Labor Committee was honoring Lauren with a Lewis Hines Award for her continued commitment to protect children from sexual abuse.  It was an amazing opportunity to share in this moment, to see her honored with a who’s who of humanitarians.

But the day didn’t end there.  We left the event later than expected, which meant we couldn’t fly back to South Florida to resume the walk.  We made it as far as Tallahassee, landed at midnight, rented a car to drive to Jupiter.

The sun wasn’t quite up when we arrived at 6:15 a.m. for a quick shower; bite to eat then on the bus to begin our walk.  Tuesday’s walk included 23.7 miles from Jupiter to Stuart.

With a yawn, I stepped off the bus to meet Edmund and Susan Benson who work with ARISE Life Skills, an organization committed to helping at-risk youth.  Edmund handed me a card that read:

You are so appreciated.

“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.” – Mother Teresa

Boy did I need that.

This is why we walk.

– Cathy Schroeder, Executive Director of Lauren’s Kids