Monday, June 18, 2007
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Saturday, Denise and I volunteered for the NW Kidney Foundation at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Qwest Field. Over 1.8 million dollars were raised for breast cancer research. Denise and I took turns morphing into a 7 foot tall blue Kidney, named Sidney Kidney. We had a lot of fun interacting with all the 16 thousand folks that participated in the event. I am always amazed by the people who are fascinated by Sidney Kidney and want their pictures taken with him (when I am inside) or her (when Denise is inside). And age doesn't seem to matter. Some children are so fascinated that they have to be dragged away by their parents. Some return again and again to shake Sidney's hand and to wave, hi.
Many of the participants wore pink forms on their backs that said, "In Memory Of" followed by the names of those who died from breast cancer. While Denise was in the Sidney Kidney costume, a little girl about 4 or 5 years old, became fascinated with Sidney Kidney. They danced to the music and had a fun time together. When the little girl turned to leave, Denise noticed that she, too, wore a pink sheet on her back. It said, "In Memory of Mommy". Denise was grateful that no one could see her tears in the Sidney Kidney costume.