Walking for a good cause

On this brisk November morning in the City of Brotherly Love, we walked and ran (mostly walked, save for three brave souls in much better shape than the rest) in honor of my mother-in-law, Terri Wilhelm.  The occasion was the Philadelphia Walk for Hope, the National Brain Tumor Society’s fundraiser for research, awareness and advocacy on behalf of patients, survivors and families affected.  It’s been 2 years since Terri passed away and Team T-Dawg walked again to honor her. And this year, I was also walking to support my close friend, co-worker and brain tumor survivor, Jason Bajorek.

I am really glad that we take the time each year to remember her and show support for others battling this disease.  It’s a small sacrifice to walk and seeing Terri’s memorial on the Wall of Hope at the walk’s conclusion reminds me that it’s always worth it. 

We had great weather this year and enjoyed a crisp fall day in Fairmount Park with over 5,000 other supporters who raised over $750,000 to help in the battle against brain tumors.  If you’re interested in supporting the fight, donations are still accepted!  Head to www.raceforhopepa.org, click the donations tab and search for me. 

Here are some of the photos I shot today during the walk.

The Schuylkill River from the Girard Street Overpass :

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Center City from West River/MLK Drive

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It’s fall…

It’s fall and I know that I should I probably have a more seasonal picture at the header of my blog- but I don’t think so.  This particular picture does have some particular meaning.  It was taken in Ocean City, Maryland in 2008.  This was the first morning of our annual family vacation to the beach and Staci managed to wake me up to look at the sunrise- which is a small miracle in itself.

As I lay in bed watching the sunrise, I realized how lucky I was to be blessed with the life I have.  You know, the things everyone says they have- at least in public.  But I know that I have them: great family, beautiful wife, lovely daughter, brothers in arms.

So, I decided that I wanted to document these thoughts- I got up from bed, kissed my wife, grabbed the camera and took that picture.  So while, I might change the picture every so often, this will probably be my anchor image.  And I think that it just makes sense.