We've all done letter-writing campaigns every year here in Kentucky in support of the walk. What surprises us is who we get a response from, and who we don't. We often predict that those closest to us will be the most generous, and are a little taken aback when that doesn't happen. What we have found is that this issue is often balanced by the surprising results we get from the most surprising places. Like Renay said, people we haven't seen for years just seem to come out of the woodwork to help when asked.

I remember at the first KY walk, we were new to the whole process and were registering people right and left. Our line was all the way out into the zoo's parking lot. I was writing as fast as my fingers would go, and I heard someone call my name. Since people are always calling my name at the walk, and I was trying to finish this one person's registration, I told that voice to hold on. When I looked up, there was an entire family–mom, dad, children, spouses, grandchildren- – that I had worked with many years before in another setting. They were all standing there smiling and I couldn't help but burst into tears. (They did make a hefty contribution, but the tears came before I knew that!) I remember what they said when I told them I was so surprised to see them there. "Rachel, We've always wanted to help, but we didn't know what to do. We were just waiting for you to ask."

Most people really do want to help, so when we find ourselves put off by those who don't, let the surprises from the ones who do balance that out. Do you know who the king of striking out in baseball is? Babe Ruth. He's known for being the king of home runs, but he got there by being willing to take a whack at any ball with potential. If we keep this attitude in mind, and remain willing to "strike out" from time to time, we may just find ourselves hitting a home run more often than we could have predicted.

Go Babe!


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