Have you ever been so passionate about something that you couldn’t seem to think about anything else? You wake up and go to bed thinking, what can I do to make this happen? The thought of standing downtown screaming for your cause has crossed your mind, but you would only do it as a last resort. For the past year and a half I have done nothing but think about the Blue Slide Project. I have to admit when my brother passed away I felt my passion leave, but it was only for a brief moment. I knew he wouldn’t want me giving up, and I could hear his voice telling me, “what are you doing? You’re going to let this stop you from achieving your goal? That’s dumb.” Nothing really mattered at the time, my heart was so sad. Somehow I found strength and I continued my fight for those who are not able to access the playground because of a disability.
A few weeks ago I decided to do something drastic for the Blue Slide Project, as you know I have been on a weight loss journey and so far I have lost 60 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but day by day I am reaching my goal to be healthy and fit. I have been walking as exercise since February, and each week I increase my miles. There are 33 miles between Medford’s (Oregon) wheelchair accessible playground and our Blue Slide in Grants Pass. On May 31st, myself, Pam J., and Carmen L. (maybe a few other PTA mom’s) will be walking the 33 miles bridging the gap between the 2 playgrounds, showing the need for accessibility in our schools and parks and raising money to finish Phase 2.
The new General Manager at Lithia of Grants Pass heard about our project and the walk, he decided to make the month of May Blue Slide month. For every car sold in May, Lithia will donate $100 to our project, they are also challenging other car dealerships and businesses in our community to do the same. We are having shirts made for the walk, a $100 donation will get the name of your business on our shirt and $250 donation will get your businesses logo. If you would like to be a part of this challenge or would like to sponsor “the walk” please contact Mona Pinon by email email@example.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/TheBlueSlideProject for more information.
Sometimes you have to do something loud to be heard, some people picket, others write letters, I will walk!