On Sunday, August 12th, we joined the resident of Eagle Lake Recreation Community in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania for one of it’s summer walk-a-thons.
Carmela McCann, one of our mother’s colleagues at PS 198 and an Eagle Lake resident, had arranged for the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation to be the recipient of the proceeds from this event.
Chris and I spent Saturday night at a nearby hotel and took April with us to Eagle Lake at 9:00 am on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful summer day – warm, sunny and not too humid. When we arrived, people were beginning to register for the walk. All told, we probably had about 60 people join the event to walk, jog and run. The organizers invited me to speak briefly about C. diff, why we started the foundation and what we’re doing to raise awareness and combat the infection.
We met a few people who were familiar with C. diff, including a family that had lost their father to the disease a few months ago. But, as has been our experience in most situations, most people had never heard of it.
The walk itself was lovely – about 2 and a half miles around the Lake for which the community is named. Chris and I walked with April and took turns walking alongside different participants telling them more about the foundation’s work. All in all, it was a great event.
We are so grateful to the residents of Eagle Lake for joining us to learn about C. diff and the work of the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation. We are also immensely grateful to our dear friend Carmela for arranging this great opportunity to raise money and, more importantly awareness of this potentially deadly infection.