Our church, First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, has an annual women's retreat. I have attended for the last three years and absolutely love it! It was way out of my comfort zone to attend but it was one of the best leaps I ever took! During the first retreat I met women I had never remembered seeing at church and certainly had never spoken with before. One of those women was Anne! We have a similar dry sense of humor and hit it off pretty quickly! The second year I attended a young woman named Amy attended the weekend. She was quiet and I never got a chance to talk with her. At church it is difficult to catch up with anyone because I am paying attention to the kids. So on the way to the retreat this past fall, I said to my fellow co-retreater sitting in the passenger seat, "My goal this weekend is to talk to Amy Ruhf!" When we were instructed to pair up for an ice-breaker, I made a beeline for Amy and practically pounced on her, telling her all about my family and rambling on in nervous fashion. I don't know if this frightening encounter encouraged her to do what she is doing; however, it obviously did not hinder her. At the end of the retreat, Anne stood up and talked about Nathan and Bennett, urging our congregation to join us in our fight to find a cure for Progeria. I was blown away that she spoke on behalf of our family. She inspired many people to take action, including Amy! Amy has committed to hiking 250 miles on the Appalachian Trail, one mile for every 250 children diagnosed with Progeria. Please check out her Hike4Hope blog by clicking on the link to the left. There she explains better than I did, the way in which she was led to undertake this endeavor. Amy admits that she does not enjoy the spotlight so it means even more to us that she putting herself out there and doing something so big for so many, most of whom she has not met. Please help us promote this amazing hike by checking out her website and sharing on social media (#nathanandbennett)!
So now we have a wonderful team working with Amy to promote the hike, two Anne's and their families, the church and a wonderful professional PR woman names Susan who is doing lots of public relations stuff pro bono for us! (She also had to some explaining about social media to us old folks!)