Walking with Legos

It really worked out for me to make it down to Encinitas last weekend. I had a client meeting in Irvine on Tuesday, so I just left early and got to spend the weekend with my parents and sister. As luck has it, it was the weekend of the MS Walk. This couldn't have made my parents any happier.

If you didn't know, my mom has MS (Muliple Sclerosis). We found out about it about ten years ago after my mom felt numbness and tingling in her legs. One memory sticks in my mind of us taking walks after dinner as a family, and her talking about this feeling in her legs. Interesting the things you remember. She described it as if your socks were lose and scrunching down, but they were actually perfectly fine.

Well, after lots of doctors visits, it was determined she had MS. But my mom is a fighter, and has a strong spirit and soul. She really is a trooper. And in recent years, she has been tackling the MS Walk. This was the first year that I got to join, and I'm so glad I did. 

 Yay Team O'Neill

Yay Team O'Neill

The MS Walk was at Legoland on Sunday morning. {By morning, I mean early morning - way too freakishly early for me on a Sunday. Be there at 7:15am...gross.} Everyone met up in the Legoland parking lot. We had so many supporters for my mom. My dad's company, Vanorsdale, even sponsored it. Friends, old co-workers from my mom's teaching days, and Vanorsdale co-workers all showed up. There were about 25 of us in total, and all of for Team Purple Moo-vers and wearing our purple cow t-shirts.

Speaking of the t-shirts, my mom was very proud of these. She designed them. She submitted it to Custom Ink to run for best t-shirt - vote for it! The purple cow idea came from a conference my dad attended where the purple cow was a way to show that you need to stand out from the crowd. 

The walk was a big success. We got to walk around Legoland for 1.5 miles, and see the lego structures and whatnot (sadly, we weren't allowed on the rides, though). As we walked volunteers cheered us onward - mostly with moo's because of our shirts. We made it to the finish, and celebrated. 

What a great day (oh, did I mention the fabulous weather?) with friends and family supporting the MS cause! Go team Purple Moo-vers.

 MS Walk Legoland 

MS Walk Legoland