This is the second year that we have been a part of the Expo, and while I'm there, I'm always hesitant to decide if it's worthwhile or not. Giving up all that time to stand around is difficult, but by the time Saturday evening had rolled around, I was sure that the time and effort was worth it. The people we talked to were so supportive of our search for a cure. We signed up more runners for next year's event, and we were able to spread awareness of this disease to large amounts of people. But most importantly for me, it kept the whole idea of The Isaac Foundation at the forefront of my life.
When you are immersed in something, it's easy to forget the true goal that you are seeking to achieve; it's easy for everything to simply become a process, or an event, or about the bottom line. Speaking with the people that stopped by my booth, the parents, the grandparents, the newlyweds, and the expecting mothers, I was reminded that the whole reason I was there was for my son. I was reminded how personal and how close The Isaac Foundation is to my heart, how important the time I was putting in is if I'm going to help him beat this disease. I felt a true sense of appreciation to my visitors as we shared laughter and tears, all within the span of, at most, 5 minutes.