12 years and walking, I look around at the faces and the names printed on banners. “In memory of, “ they say reminding everyone of why we are here. But the force that propels 60 miles of blood, sweat, and tears (and trust me it can get rough) is that feeling that you get when you walk past that threshold and together with thousands of strangers, guided by the spirit of those you love, fight for progress. It is a physical and emotional representation of what it is to join this fight as a supporter. Last year was the first walk that I made “in memory of.” Sarah Jane battled cancer for the better part of a decade and every year I signed her name with the feeling that I was somehow a part of that battle the same way that she is a part of me. This year like others I still walk for Sarah Jane. But now, I do it with her spirit by my side; knowing that every step I take is in celebration of her life, her strength, and her endurance. Please join me as I proudly walk on behalf of her and many others. Every year the walk brings together thousands of supporters to raise funds for research and patient support. You hear the words grassroots used a lot these days; well there is nothing more grassroots than a bunch of people gathering together from all over the country cutting through cities on foot to remind people, “We’re not done yet.” I've got a 35-inch spunky little granddaughter who calls herself Vivie to remind me that the future is in the hands of the present. Let's work together to ensure that it's the brightest one possible.