Our first annual 2.2 for 22q awareness walk was an overwhelming, incredible success!
This event took place on Sunday, July 16, 2023 at the Jackson North Park. Sign in, shopping, lunch, and raffle baskets were held in the pavilion, while the walk happened around the track ~ 2 laps for an exact 2.2 miles! 138 of us walked in unity, drawing attention from the softball tournament families and others around the park who stopped to ask us about our cause and made their way over to join us throughout the morning.
I really wasn’t sure how my first event would go, and I was blown away. I am so grateful for each and every person that came to support and all of those who supported from afar. While we had our walk in Ohio, we also had loved ones sending photos from their 2.2 miles in other various states and even another country!
A HUGE thank you to our 6 sponsors helping to make this whole event possible:
The 22q Family Foundation
The Kenney/Slaughter Family
Texas Roadhouse – Alliance, Ohio
Rowlands Property Management
Courtney Hatfield, Realtor
Another thank you to the following for their donations towards the walk and the raffle:
A-Z Yard Cards
All Things Lavender
Ashley A. Crochet
Best Friends Baking Co.
Changing Lives Foundation
Davis Water Treatment
Emily Philpott, Completely Cookied
Everyday Custom Apparel by Jessica Harkness
Finley & Kate Bows
Frankie Ro Bow Co.
Garden Party Ohio
Gary Moravcik, Colorful Creations
Grateful Heart Co.
Happy Band Designs
J & J Candle Co.
Jeannette Dumot & Jeff Samilson
Jeannie Harst of 3 Sweet Freaks
Julie Matola, Green Cottage Makery
Just Love Paper
Kristen Huffman, Photographer & Birth Doula
Lauren at NeeNee’s Bees & Blooms
Letters & Littles
LuluLuxe Designs & Co.
Melissa Thomas, The Essential Niche
Mueller Honey Bee
Nicole’s Natural Beauty Photography
Payton Bendure, Payton B Virtual Solutions
Salt Creek Coffee Co.
Simply Imagine & Co.
Stacy Kosteinshek, Not Too Shabby
Sunny Hive Orchard
The Bohemian Mama
The Boozy Blonde & Bombshell Gifts
The Happy Days Co.
Thirty-two 8 Inspired & Co.
Victoria Ventura, The Gifted Rose
And of course thank you to those who added to the Akron Children’s Hospital genetic division contribution. We were able to raise $3,863 and I, along with the hospital and Izzy’s geneticist, could not be more appreciative.
The my22qt mission is to raise awareness for 22q11.2, to educate others and help diagnosed families cope, and to pay it forward to the genetics division of Akron Children’s Hospital. All 3 of these pillars were met in one event and I am 100% looking forward to next July for year 2! 💙