Brilliant blue skies provided the best of canopies for the March of Dimes walk from LeLacheur Park. This year, we turned out in big numbers to support our little buddy Ryan Fennell, Jessica and Craig's son who, while arriving a bit early, has been a soldier inspiring all of us in his first seven months.
Here's the star of the day, complete, I might point out, with his stuffed Spider-Man.
Here's the extended Cook and Fennell clan, ready to march for Ryan along the Merrimack River riverwalk, and beyond.
You want to talk Marathon Strong? Look no further than this guy.
This picture was taken BEFORE the walk. Luckily, Chris was there to support his dad.
While the hundreds in attendance were off and walking, two of us, myself, and my nephew Chris, decided to not only run the course, but to extend it. It was no run-of-the-mill course, either, for this guy, training for the 2014 Boston Marathon
Coming 'round past the Wannalancit Mills, Brady was holding his own quite nicely.
But it was Heather and Candy who took the lead in the home stretch.
Memere and Hales enjoy a laugh
And finally, the star of the day, Ryan! He made the three-mile walk look effortless!
If you're interested in supporting this rock star's March of Dimes efforts, you can visit his fund-raising page here:
Here's an overview of the walk from Jess amd Craig's page and the March of Dimes organization, explaining why it is they do what they do:
Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
More than happy to support that cause for our favorite Spider-Buddy! Rock on, Ryan!