Wow, yesterday was just an awesome day! The day couldn't have been more perfect...sunny and crisp but not too cold. Philadelphia was at its best. We started bright and early to set up the tent and make sure our team was equipped with TEAM NAYA shirts, tattoos, donuts and buttons. Then, our friends and family came in by the dozens. By 8:15, our tent had hundreds of people who came to support Naya, our family, and pediatric cancer research. It was a terrific sight.
Once the tent craziness subsided, Naya was honored on stage for leading the top fundraising team. TEAM NAYA team raised over $56,000, and CHOP raised over $1 million for cancer research - a record for the event.
Naya held up pretty well. Her counts were and are very low but the Four Seasons made it easier on her by loaning her a golf cart to join the runners and walkers. She and Hank finished the race in 50 minutes, and all of it with a smile.
We have dozens of pictures to post. If you have pictures, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll include them in a photo album which we'll post sometime in the next week.
I want to thank all of you for coming. Some of you traveled across the country to show your support. Many got up at 3 a.m. to drive to the event. I finally had a chance to see some of my closest friends. The love and energy everyone brought to the day could be seen, felt and heard by 9,000+ people that came to the event.
Special thanks to Team Alliquippa, The Haverford School and The Agnes Irwin School (AIS). Your support meant the world to Zak and Naya. AIS faculty, friends and families joined in full force with at least 75 walkers and runners. We were in awe of the AIS faculty and students who showed their support even though many had never met Naya.
Yesterday, we made strides towards beating Naya's disease. We've just begun. Let's band together to kick this disease.