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My Top 3 Takeaways From CHOC Walk in the Park

My Top 3 Takeaways From CHOC Walk in the Park

My Top 3 Takeaways from CHOC Walk in the Park

CHOC Walk in the Park (c) Cleverly Catheryn


Having a child with special needs you tend to not take for granted the little and ordinary things your child accomplishes. Seeing your child initiate play with a peer, knowing how to engage in a simple conversation with a classmate or self regulate themselves enough that they are not perceived as strange. These struggles are nothing in comparison to the fights some parents face when a child becomes terminally ill. I am beyond grateful for my girls health everyday and her accomplishments in spite of her autism. 

I was honored to be included in this years CHOC Walk in the Park, I've always wanted to participate but up until a few years ago it wasn't even an option as my daughter was just completing her therapies and still learning to comprehend social settings. This year was our year! I was given the chance and we did it together. A few years back she would not have understood going to Disneyland and not be able to ride the attractions and leave the park without doing so. Our dedication made our walk possible and I was so proud of my girl for making it through the entire event, we ended up walking over 7 miles. 

6 a.m and ready to start the 5k walk in the park!

6 a.m and ready to start the 5k walk in the park!

As we began the walk, I was hit with the memories of how much Disneyland has helped my child learn and grow in public, it went from our ABA reward to our happy place with no strings attached. 
Seeing the crowds and the children and the families that were there in memory of those that couldn't be was very moving. It really makes you all the more grateful for what you have in your life. 
So what did I take away from our walk for choc walk in the park? 

  • To be grateful for what you have, there is always someone dealing with something far more worse than you are. 

  • Love your children with all your heart! Tomorrow is never promised and they are only little for a short time. 

  • Be kind, for you never know what battles others are fighting. 

Around the half way point in DCA, the gang is going strong.

Around the half way point in DCA, the gang is going strong.

What is CHOC Walk in the Park? It's their annual fundraiser and a chance for families to give thanks to the fine doctors and nurses at the hospital while sharing their common connection with other CHOC families. This was the 26th year the 5k walk was held and if you have never participated, here is what you can expect and how you can help. 

Walkers needed to raise a Minimum $85 to participate in this years event which benefits the care of children, research and educational programs within the community. Since 1990 CHOC walk has raised over $26 million (not including this years event). 
This years turnout was expected to be around 14,000 lead by the walk's ambassador family the Hicks. Read their incredibly emotional and inspiring story here and how their little angel is still touching the lives of so many even after her passing. 

At the finish line! So proud of her!

At the finish line! So proud of her!

They route changes yearly and the support along the way is one that will fill your heart! We had an amazing morning seeing and stopping for pictures with so many of our favorite characters. I left with a sense of accomplishment, feeling of community and a heart swollen with pride in my daughter. 
Even though the walk is over, you can still help by making any sized donation till November 15th here. Registration for next's years walk opens in June and they are always in need of volunteer to pull the event off. 

The rain held off throughout the entire event and the overcast sky's made for perfect walking weather. 

The rain held off throughout the entire event and the overcast sky's made for perfect walking weather. 

I honestly can't wait till next years walk in the park, I will be there with my girl bright eyed and ready to go! Many thanks to CHOC for all they do for our children and to Disneyland and Downtown Disney for hosting a magical time in the park. 

Christmas Train to See Santa Claus Irvine Park Railroad

Christmas Train to See Santa Claus Irvine Park Railroad

Coming to Legoland California in 2017

Coming to Legoland California in 2017