Originally uploaded by Corey Blake
On April 18, 2010, it really happened. I walked the entire 3.2-mile WalkMS in a dress and high heels. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I could walk the whole way with the shoes, and seriously considered taking them off a couple of times. But I knew that at the end of the Walk, I can take the shoes off and the discomfort would eventually go away. My wife, and everyone else with multiple sclerosis, doesn’t have that luxury. So I just kept walking. One step at a time.
Thank you so much for everyone who sponsored me – your donation is helping to make the National MS Society an even better resource for people with multiple sclerosis. Thank you very much for everyone who walked with me on our team – I’m glad you didn’t mind going so slow. Thank you to everyone who has enthusiastically responded to this whole thing – every message I received really inspired and touched me. Thank you to Lan Yin “Eiko” Tsai for inspiring the look of my ensemble. And most of all, thank you to my wife for encouraging me and understanding the very serious ‘why’ behind this silliness.
(And… Psssst! If you would still like to donate, it’s not too late! We’re able to accept donations until June 1.)
Click on the Flickr set on the right to check out all of the pictures.
Photos by Rose Kwasnicki, Nahleen Blake and Michelle Hazan (and a few by me).
I’m a relative of “Ama,” (Lan Yin Tsai) as she is known in the family.
And I’m just tickled that she inspired your walking outfit!
Also, what a great way to honor your wife by doing the walk.
Thank you so much, Nguyen! I’m so glad you got to see this. And please thank Lan Yin Tsai for me and my wife, for all she has done to raise money for MS. She is amazing!