Charitable Event: Puget Sound Heart Walk

It’s that time of year when our lives are flooded with charity requests. There are walks, runs, drives, dinners – the list is endless. And we’ve had a tough enough year on our own, thank you very much. So how do we decide where to spend our time, money and energy?

Here’s what I’m doing: Walking for Ally Warnke. Ally, 10, loves cheerleading and golf. She’s the daughter of one of my co-workers and everyone who meets her falls instantly in love. I never would have guessed she has a heart disease.

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Ally was six years old when she was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia. “My husband Tom and I were startled awake that morning by Ally’s whimpering and moaning,” says her mom, Anna. “When I went to check on her she said ‘Mommy, my heart is on fire’. I saw that her pupils were completely dilated, her heart was racing, and she collapsed.”

There were surgeries and a lot of worry, but today Ally's doing great. “Never once has she asked ‘Why me?’” says her mom. She goes to yearly check-ups and just the other day ran a 12 minute mile.

Not everyone is as lucky as Ally. That’s why I’m walking in this year’s Puget Sound Heart Walk. And therein lies my suggestion to you. Don't give up on giving--pick at least one thing that's deserving of your time this year—especially if it's something that’s close to your heart.