The Skylar Project!
We didn't want to start a foundation, because there are plenty of other foundations already in existence for various SMA support and research, but we did want to join forces in raising awareness and fighting for a cure. The Skylar Project was born. Website will be coming soon...
It all started with our friend, Ernesto. He came over to our house one day and said he had a t-shirt designer create a t-shirt to be sold in some of the stores he sells to and called it The Skylar Project. On the inside, where you typically see the size printed, there was a paragraph about our family and SMA. On the back, at the top, there was a logo for "The Skylar Project" done by his designer. It was different than what you see above, but the logo was the start of our inspiration.
The Skylar Project. I loved it! Raising awareness for SMA and supporting SMA research through foundations already in existence. What could be our first "project?"
Our best friend, Austin (the guy on the news clip with us), let us know that he and some of his friends wanted to run for Skylar. We chose a race (supporting Kate's Club - an organization that supports children who have lost parents or siblings) and decided to get a team together to run. We thought we could raise awareness for SMA if we all wore t-shirts during the race. In the near future, we hope to have a 5K/10K run where the registration money would go straight to SMA, but this was a test run to figure out how things work. Below is Team Skylar - missing a few people after the race, but what a great showing!!!
The race was this past Saturday in Grant Park. It was a beautiful venue, however, the course was packed with hills! Over 20 people showed up to run for Skylar and it was amazing! There were a handful of people I had never even met before! Four guys drove down from NC to run (see below) - including our friend Scott (who helped design the logo and ran the whole 10K as gumby), his roommate Ryan (aka Captain America) who we met once before, and two of their guy friends we had never met until this weekend. Some of Austin's friends from church joined us and it was just so awesome to see people I didn't know wearing The Skylar Project jerseys. Tessa, our awesome photographer came, my mom and a few of her friends, our neighbors and friends joined us as well. My friend from church, Corrie, ran the 2K with me and her two girls ran with us, or should I say ahead of us, the whole time... It was great! THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who came out to support us. It was so wonderful to see you!
The jerseys were a special deal for those who ran, but if you are interested in getting a t-shirt with The Skylar Project, please post a comment and let us know! I am hoping to have two different color options - a charcoal t-shirt like the image above and then a purple shirt with a lavender and white logo so write what size you would like (and what color if you have a preference). We are just getting an idea how many we would need to print - this is not an actual order. That will hopefully come soon! I am guessing they'll be around $20 or $25 per shirt. I hope to have youth sizes too, but that will depend on the vendor.
Thanks for reading - my next post will hopefully have recent pics of Skylar :) Peace.