Big shout out to my supporters that have played an important part in helping me get the Heart Trek USA team organized and launched for my walk across America.
My heart buddies at the Triangle American Heart Association (Kelly, Sloan, Andre, Lauren and crew) have organized “Heart Rallies” (Cape Hatteras, Raleigh, Dallas, Santa Monica so far) across America including local news coverage and getting the word out to fellow walkers in the area to join me in my Walk. They have also worked on acquiring donations and giveaways for me to take on the trek and helped and made suggestions on setting up the website. They are still working hard at coming up with more ideas yet to be announced before the start on March 1. Stay tune for more news.
Family has been the backbone to my organization and support. My wife, Brenda, has been so supportive from the beginning and works every day on each facet of the walk, including photography and web posting. My sons are the IT brainpower. Matt, the east coast son, developed and launched the Heart Trek USA website and has tried to teach me how to blog, tweet and post pictures on website…I am getting better slowly. Matt is also helping with designing the logo for out t-shirts and cards. Jeff, the west coast son, developed the walking route map on the website. He is now working on the news coverage and a Heart Rally for the California part of the trip. All of this takes a tremendous amount of their time and it is so appreciated. Big kudos to their families for their support and efforts too (Kat, Kaylee, Reagan, Debbie, Ashley and Olivia).
Thanks to Chuck at Metro Productions for his website suggestions and help on the design of logos for t-shirts, cards and magnets.
Even things like finding a place to park our RV during down times are not an easy task. Thanks to Gene and Evelyn of Raleigh for letting us use their driveway during the holidays and for a few upcoming days in February. We will have a take them camping sometime after the Walk.
My Greystone Bank friends (Theresa, Elena, Gloria, Alan, Mary, Bruce, Jeanna, Ben and Lawson) and my family (Brenda, Matt and Kaylee) walked with us last September for the Triangle Heart Walk as a kick-of of this venture. Their support is appreciated.
Thanks to all my family and friends on Facebook and fellow bloggers for your support and words of encouragement and for your suggestions on how to stay healthy and safe for the upcoming walk. I look forward to seeing each of you as you come out and walk a mile or more with me when I pass through your town.
(Heart Trek USA is a 3,000-mile walk across America to raise awareness of heart disease prevention and to raise funds to support the work of the American Heart Association.)