Heart Walk 2012

My, oh, my!!  Yesterday was so full and so special at the Santa Barbara Heart Walk..it’s hard to absorb it all!  We were blessed with another gorgeous day and a picturesque spot right along the beach to set up our Team Rudy tent.  We had over 50 friends join us for the walk which was evident to all who saw the sea of Rudy blue balloons scattered throughout the route.  We enjoyed sharing the day with friends from church and the SBRM, eight of Rudy’s little buddies, the Westmont College baseball team, nurses, dear friends from L.A., a handful of Livy’s Girl Scout sisters, school friends of Max’s, Wilson and the DPHS drum line, the DPHS cheerleaders and about 600 other Heart Walk participants!  🙂  Team Rudy was recognized as the Top Fundraising Team with a grand total of $8385.00…we are so proud of our team’s remarkable effort.

One of the many special highlights of the day was meeting a beautiful young couple – Jeni and Nick Busta.  At the age of 25, Jeni is one of the oldest HLHS survivors and I was introduced to her story shortly after Rudy’s diagnosis over 4 years ago.  I had heard of Jeni and her husband Nick a few times since Rudy was born but hadn’t had the opportunity to meet them until yesterday.  They just happened to be visiting Santa Barbara for the day and came down to the Heart Walk event to cheer on a friend who was participating.  Always on the lookout for CHD families, Jeni and Nick wandered over to the Team Rudy tent and I recognized Jeni the minute I saw her!!  I can’t tell you what an encouragement it was for me to finally meet her – a true inspiration to countless kids and their families in the heart community.  They even ended up walking part of the route with us and staying for Rudy’s birthday celebration!  We will definitely be following up with the Bustas for a longer visit – I have soooooo many questions for them both.

Rudy tolerated the day well and even took a few steps of his own at the start of the walk!  All in all it was a special day for our family and, we pray, a key effort in the battle against heart disease and congenital heart defects.  Thank you dear friends both near and far for your outstanding show of support.  Here’s a glimpse of our day.  Go, Rudy, Go!

Setting up
Friends begin to gather


New friends Nick and Jeni Busta!


Warm up
Super Hero Rudy



Pumpin’ up the crowd!


Walking buddies!



Rudy’s got quite a cheering section…
Baby steps!



Go, Rudy, Go!

A strong start!


The Goleta Valley Junior High Posse


High fives with the Girl Scouts!
Half way!


A strong finish!


Rudy and the DP Cheerleaders


Rudy and the Westmont Warriors


DPHS drum line rockin’ Cabrillo!


yum yum


Thank you Jeni and Nick!


A great day!


Happy 4th Birthday Eve Rudy!






10 thoughts on “Heart Walk 2012

  1. Yea, Rudy! YOU JOINED THE WALKERS! You and “the bear” made a big hit and the Rudy Blue Team was an impressive group.
    Keep up the hard work of practicing walking with “the bear” and have another celebration today for your 4th birthday. Love eternally, you big bundle of miracles! PTL!!

  2. I am forever moved by your entire family. The picutre of Rudy with the BIG Smail says it all. I am LOVED and celebated. What a JOY to feel in my heart for all of you!

  3. Wow! What a phenomenal day! So sorry we missed it! So many Rudy fans and friends! That is awesome. You guys are an inspiration to the community and to all of us!

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