Finally around 9:30 we left for Seattle’s Children’s hospital where we went up to meet some of the kids and give out my beads. We sat down and set up to make Strength Bracelets much to the delight of some of the children that were there. One in particular stands out in my mind because he used to be a runner like myself. He is 16, I believe, and loved running marathons! I do not know all of the details, but I met him that day because he has bone cancer. In his leg. I couldn’t believe it, and he was there that day because he had had surgery to remove what they could, and he had been on crutches, but fell, and broke the same leg so , for now, he was in a wheel chair. He was excited to see BOC people and came over to see what we were up to and I gave him one of my beads which of course is a shoe, and there is no other bead like it in the program, so he was just as excited to receive the bead as I was giving it to him.
He told me his goal was to run in the Disneyland marathon in 5 years. Which I know he will, I could see it in his eyes, he has a lot of drive and passion and even if he can’t run the whole thing, I know he’ll finish it one way or another. He was a huge inspiration to me, and he made my entire first 156 miles totally worth every step.
Later that day Jean and I went to Seattle glass blowing shop to set up events planned in September. What a cool place, you can go and blow your glass art piece. Beautiful, beautiful work there, if you're in downtown Seattle, I would defiantly recommend checking it out. After that we went to 50 North and had a delicious dinner and I meet a bunch of great people including Pat and Rita and the Bonenko family, Jackie, Dave, Aleks and Ben.
Ben is a BOC member and I gave him one of my shoe beads that I carried 156 miles and he now proudly displays it next to him heart bead! I was very touched when his mom told me that. His beads are the beads I took pictures of on my pictures page.
All in all, I had a great first hospital visit and I can’t wait for Billings, MT!