Light It Up Blue – Autism Speaks

Light It Up BlueEvery April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue!  (See last year’s post here.)  In honor of those living with autism, families, friends, historic landmarks, and many organizations around the world Light It Up Blue.  You too can take part by changing out your porch lights with a blue one.  If you aren’t able to Light It Up Blue, you can still help support Autism Speaks by creating awareness on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter, just check out their Tools & Resources page.  You can also make a donation to Autism Speaks here or purchase a really awesome Sevenly shirt here!

Get Movin’ and Walk

If you’re like me, this is about the time of the season that you’re itching to get out of the house, spend more time with friends, and maybe get in a little exercise while you’re at it.  The great thing about living in the Creative Corridor, is that you have access to a few malls that are nice enough to let local charitable organizations use them for some of their annual fundraisers.

Since there are so many worthwhile organizations that have mall walk fundraisers coming up in the next few months, I thought I would break down the upcoming walks for those who are in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.

MDA Walk

Muscular Dystrophy Association | MDA Muscle Walk | February 9th @ Coral Ridge Mall | 8 AM – 10 AM

JDRF Walk to Cure

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation | Walk to Cure | February 23rd @ Westdale Mall | 8 AM / 10 AM Walk

CMC Mall Walk

Catherine McAuley Center | Movin’ For McAuley | March 9th @ Westdale Mall | 9 AM / 10 AM Walk

marchofdimes

March of Dimes | March for Babies | April 28th @ Rockwell Collins | 8 AM / 9 AM Walk

Walk MS Logo

National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Walk MS | May 18th @ Kirkwood Community College | TBA

These are just the ones on my radar for the Spring.  Please let me know if I missed your favorite!  I hope you have a chance to attend one (or more!).  These are all great causes and hold a special place in my heart, so I know I’ll be at most, if not all, of these walks.  Interested in getting a team together, but not sure how to get the word out?  Have a team, but want help spreading the word?  Leave a comment on the blog or my Facebook page and I’ll do what I can to help!

See you at the mall!

Happy Thanksgiving

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I have so many things to be grateful for this year! From all of those who donated and raised money for the March of Dimes, Alzheimer’s Walk and most recently, my Fall FEED-raiser, to the charities and organizations that are moving to make this world a better place for everyone. I continue to be blown away by people who are doing good for others, and remember every day to be thankful for what they have, by giving to those who are not as fortunate.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the little moments with family and friends, just as much as the big moments. I hope you appreciate all of those moments and remember how fortunate you are, just having them in your life. Like Charlie Brown said, “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” I hope you are able to enjoy this day of gratitude with family and friends surrounding you! Happy Thanksgiving!

{I’m incredibly fortunate to have such supportive family and friends! What are you most thankful for?}