My full time job entails managing 6 walk sites for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
May is both my events season and Cystic Fibrosis awareness month.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.
In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
- Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.
- Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Since then, tremendous progress in understanding and treating CF has led to dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life for those with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Last Sunday, I managed a walk site in Mendon that had around 1,000 walkers & volunteers. This Saturday, I’m managing a site in Wakefield that should have about 200 walkers. Hope for good weather for me! (I’m missing seeing my sister-in-law graduating from college – Emmanuel – the same college I attended – because it’s the same day and time of this walk site. I’d love to have break down post walk go very smoothly so I can head to the south shore to her post graduation party. Also, my husband will be at the graduation so that means he won’t be volunteering at the walk, which was needed last year. I’m very lucky he’s such a huge help to me during my walk season!)
Next weekend, May 17th & 18th, is just crazy. I have 4 different walk sites that I manage that weekend. Since I can’t clone myself, I’ll be overseeing the Worcester & Dedham walks, while co-workers oversee Walpole & Lynnfield.
Once walk season is over, I’m looking forward to getting some sleep again. (I’ve got a stomach bug I’ve been fighting since Monday – which I think is partially due to sleep deprivation from working crazy hours catching up to me and weakening my immune system.) No rest in site till after May 20th.
So, I’m totally not ignoring anyone.
I don’t mention my job much in the blog because it isn’t too relevant to fitness – but event days do make me rack up very high Weight Watchers activity point numbers. (My job is not just working with walkers to help them fundraise – though that’s my favorite part of the job. I also have to recruit volunteers & handle all walk day logistics, including packing up all the walk day supplies and food and driving them over to the site.) I miss being able to have time to get in fitness activities, since that’s a major way I relieve stress.