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Reminder: time to go support the walking ladies!
As most of you who know them are probably aware, ladysprite and tpau have been working for well over a year on their fundraising for the Komen 3-Day Walk, as Team Shadow. As of this morning, they've cracked $10,000 in money raised, a remarkable job.

And now, the weekend is upon us! The two of them are walking 60 miles as the capstone to their fund-raising. So now it's our chance to pitch in and help. The job is easy: come and do some cheerleading.

That was the focus of my day today: since I'm on sabbatical and can do it more easily than most on a Friday, umbran asked me to come cheer today. Frankly, it was a hoot. I started the day in Wellesley, and spent a couple of hours there. I got to chat with a few of the other folks cheering, who were an interesting mix. (The most interesting being Bob, The Pink Angel. He's maybe 70, dressed in a frilly pink shirt and hula skirt, pink angel wings, and bright gold pom-poms. He would do a little dance on the sidewalk in front of each bunch of walkers as they came along.) I got handed a couple of Thunderstix, convenient noisemaker balloons to save your hands from the rigors of hours on end of clapping. And I yelled a lot. And then, after a few afternoon appointments, I went and did it again in Waltham for another hour.

It's a lot of fun: just going and being energetic in a good cause is a great way to spend a day. 60 miles is a *long* ways to walk, and the cheering stations are there to help keep spirits up. They'll only get more important as the weekend drags on -- the third day is a lot harder than the first.

So if you have a few hours this weekend, I urge you to go join in. umbran can probably tell you where and when it would be helpful to show up. (I could tell, driving home today, that tomorrow's route will go through Lexington, but I don't know where the cheering stations will be.) Please come help cheer the walkers as they go through the final stretches!

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Saturday, July 28

7:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Robbins Farm Park
51 Eastern Avenue
Arlington, MA, 02476

10:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Depot Square, Massachusetts Avenue & Depot Square
Lexington, MA, 02420

Sunday, July 29

8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Boston Public Garden (between Paul Revere and Swan Boats)
Intersection Commonwealth & Arlington Street
Boston, MA, 02127

Re: cheering stations

Ah, great -- I hadn't found the list in a cursory look online last night. Thanks!

I am glad you enjoyed it! I know it meant a lot to the ladies.

Thank you SO much for coming out - seeing a familiar face at the cheering station brightens the day amazingly, and makes the miles go by so much more easily.

And yeah, Bob is amazing (though I hadn't known his name). He's there every day, every year - officially he's attached to the Pink Angels team, but he makes it a point to get to know just about every walker, at least a little, and remember and greet us all personally. But it's still not quite the same as having actual friends there. :)

You made my day better. Thank you for that.

Quite welcome, and thank you for all your efforts raising money and walking -- that was quite a remarkable success, in a very good cause. The two of you did great work there...

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