Ally's Story To the right is one of my favorite photos from the session, and one that has left a handprint on my heart. I actually urge you to read her story so that you can discover for yourself, what an extraordinary little girl she was.
Ride to Walk is a program with which Ally and her parents were very involved. RTW is an unbelievable program that helps children and adults who have neurological illnesses. Through this program, patients ride horses and develop skills that may otherwise be unattainable to them. Because of all the budget cuts with our state government, RTW survives only by the generosity of the public and the fundraising events the organization does every year. Please take a moment to read more about this inspirational program at their website.
To say that the race was a success would be a drastic understatement. There were runners of all ages who participated, and it was a complete family oriented atmosphere. There were parents who were doing the 5K or 10K while pushing their child's stroller; senior citizens who spent the morning running for children they don't even know, and dozens of volunteers and businesses who came out in their support. One of the reasons Saturday morning was perfect was because of Corey McKenna, and all his hard work. This man ROCKS!!! Corey knows how important RTW was to Ally, and he is taking his love for running and making an annual event for all of us to enjoy.
Please be sure to check out the RTW website and send a donation if you can. It is one of the most worthy causes you'll encounter. Better yet, call RTW and ask if you can go out and become a volunteer...you won't be sorry! To see additional photos from the event, go to my facebook page.