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Houston Breaks Fundraising Record for March for Babies 2010!

April 25, 2010

At the Start Line - we're about to walk with 40,000 people in the Houston record-breaking March for Babies walk!

The Houston March for Babies walk raised a record $3 million this year and we were so happy to be part of the excitement and celebration this morning!

I kept hearing that there would be 40,000 people there, but I really didn’t realize how many people 40,000 people are…until I was seconds away from going up on the Mainstage to give my speech.  For the first time since I’ve been giving speeches, I was actually nervous.  Mom kind of tricked me so I wouldn’t completely freak out and told me that it was still early and there might just be a thousand people there so far.  I’ve spoken in front of 1,000 people so it made me feel better.  But when we climbed the stairs and got onstage and looked out, all we saw was a sea of people.  I didn’t know whether I should be nervous again or think how amazing it was that all those people came out to walk in March for Babies and support the March of Dimes.  It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.  I forgot I was nervous and gave my speech and loved hearing all of the cheers when I said, “my favorite part about coming to the awesome city of Houston is being able to walk with everyone in the BIGGEST walk in the country!”  Wow the people in Houston are so great and it was one of the neatest sounds I’ve ever heard.
It seemed to me like all 40,000 were so happy to be there and had a super great morning.  We had such a great time at the Continental Airlines tent thanking them all for being the Official Airline Sponsor of the National Ambassador Program, for being so kind, and flying us all over the place.  It went by so fast, just like these four months did.  But we have lots of pictures to remember all of the fun moments we had.  Here, take a peek at our day.

First thing we did when we got to the walk was be on TV on Houston's local NBC-KPRC morning news show!

Cheerleaders were cheering for everyone as they arrived.

The marching band invited me and Alex to play the next song with them!

Had a great chat with Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

Joining in on a big cheer from the Continental Airlines team headed by Jeffrey Smisek, CEO, and the nicest man!

We had so much fun talking to everyone at the Continental Airlines tent. Check out my great balloon hat!

Ed and Ana from Continental Airlines took such good care of us during our visit.

That's not just an airplane, that's also a bbq pit!

Some of the many amazing people we met at Continental Airlines.

Even this Continental Airlines adorable dog is in the spirit of the March of Dimes - he's wearing the luggage tag we made for everyone at Continental Airlines on his collar! It says "En Route 2 Healthy Babies." On the back I wrote "Thanks for helping us fight for preemies. Love, Joshua Hoffman and my Family"

We just love Frank Vitale from the National Office and were happy to be able to spend some time with him again in Houston!

We flew back home after the walk.  It’s nice to be home but we want to go back to Houston, too, because we had such a great time.

Alex and I were in bed and I had my two little stuffed bears and Alex had one.  He wanted one of mine and because he was so tired he started crying.  I got out of bed and told Alex he could have my I Like Blue (that’s his name) and gave him a hug.  Alex said thank you and stopped crying.  I love my little brother so much and I love my whole family.  Being the National Ambassador for the March of Dimes has been the best experience of my life because I know I almost didn’t live at all.  I’m so happy to be able to share everything with my family. 

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  1. The Spencers permalink
    April 27, 2010 10:32 am

    Joshua, we love reading about your journeys and are so PROUD of you!!! Hope to see you at the Ft. Lauderdale walk on May 8th.

    Christopher Jon
    Christopher Jon’s Mommy and Daddy

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