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It starts before sunrise with everybody tracking down the other members in their group somewhere between Mickey & Friends and the Park. This early in the morning the trams aren't running so you have to walk along the tram route on foot. Lots of people stop to pose with the Halloween decorations along the way.

Once people have found their groups they flash their wristbands at the entry gate and enter the Park, then gather on Main Street USA. (Or, like last year, Buena Vista Street in DCA) It's wall to wall people waiting to start walking.

Individual groups may have special group tee shirts but most people will be wearing the CHOCWalk shirt they were provided at check in.

People will be carrying signs with pictures of children on them. Signs with joyful messages about children who have been helped by CHOC and how long they've been healthy. Signs showing children in the midst of treatment with hopeful messages of support. Signs with much sadder messages about children who didn't make it. Even these are signs of hope that by walking they can help save other families from suffering the same loss. Some of the signs are much larger banners held across the fronts of large teams; of walkers.

There's a bandstand at the top of the street with Disney dignitaries, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy, and Disney executives cheering people on as they are finally allowed to step off and begin their Walk.

The Walk winds around both Parks, through most of the Lands, through some back stage areas and ends in downtown Disney. When you cross the plaza there are teams of high school cheerleaders cheering you on and all along the route there are cast members doing the same. There are even face characters sprinkled along the route to pose with and encourage the walkers. I've seen princesses riding the carousel, the three fairies on the castle, Buzz ightyear and/or Storm Troopers in Tomorrowland, Cowboy Goofy in FrontierLand, Red the firetruck in Carsland, Phineas & Ferb over by The Little Mermaid ride. More, really than I can recall.

Through all of that, the most amazing thing is the energy. All those people gathered in one place to make a difference in the world. The mood is buoyant. Hope, and dedication, and feeling good that here is a way that they can contribute and not just sit back and leave it all to the doctors. I don't know that I can adequately describe it. It's just amazing.

Thanks to all of you I get to be there for the fourth time. Thank you so much for the donations and the reposting of the link. It is so appreciated!

I have reached 40% of my goal at $240. Can we make it to 50%? The link will follow in comments for those who are interested in helping with a donation. If you can't donate, or already have, please consider sharing this with your friends.
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I am registered for the 2012 CHOCWalk in the Park.


CHOCWalk is an annual fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Once you I have raised enough money in order to be allowed to walk, I will join thousands of people early in the morning on October 14th for a 5K walk through Disneyland and California Adventure. This year, we will get to walk through CarsLand!

In a couple of weeks in 2010, I raised $120.00, earning more than twice the minimum amount required to walk. Last year I exceeded my personally set minimum goal by $135 for a total of $335.00.

This year I am setting my goal at $500.00.

Here is my personal donation page
http://www.chocwalk.net/kmnoble

Every little donation will help!

ChocWalk

Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:36 pm
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I'm participating in the annual ChocWalk in the Park. A fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange COunty.

This is my personal donation page.

http://www.chocwalk.net/kmnoble

I'm trying to get to at least $250.00

If you can help, thank you!

If you can't, just throw me a little positive energy on ChocWalk day, k?

ChocWalk

Jul. 26th, 2011 08:01 pm
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For thise who may not be over on FaceBook, I am raising $ to benefit the Children'd Hospital of Orange County.

This is the link to my personal donation page

http://www.chocwalk.net/kmnoble

My initial goal is $250.00.

So far I've gotten up to $75.00 which guarantees that I will get to Walk in the Park with my team.

I would really like to raise more than that, though, so if you can, every little bit will be much appreciated!

ChocWalk

Jul. 26th, 2011 08:01 pm
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For thise who may not be over on FaceBook, I am raising $ to benefit the Children'd Hospital of Orange County.

This is the link to my personal donation page

http://www.chocwalk.net/kmnoble

My initial goal is $250.00.

So far I've gotten up to $75.00 which guarantees that I will get to Walk in the Park with my team.

I would really like to raise more than that, though, so if you can, every little bit will be much appreciated!

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