OUR STORY –
Yohan and I had so much fun trail riding when we were younger. Oh, the stories we could tell!! I’ll never forget the time I stepped in a bee’s nest and ran for my life with Yohan on my back! He held on to my mane and stayed on. Phew! Close call!
When my friend got a little older, he rode me less and less. I thought it was my fault. Did I eat too much? Was he embarrassed about my being just a tad shorter than a real horse? Was I too messy? One day, we had a heart-to-heart. He explaining that he had CMT. At first, I was excited – Country Music Television? Yee-Haw! He’ls going to be famous – a Country Music Star! Nashville anyone? I was dreaming of lights, camera, pampering! I might even be on TV!
My enthusiasm was short lived when he explained that CMT stands for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease – a progressive nerve disease that affects his hands, feet, legs, spine and balance. He just could not ride me anymore, and we were both very sad. But, he did right by me, kept me in his family and today I have the best life ever at the Horse Park in Woodside.
Yohan sees me every time he’s home from school and I want to celebrate his kindness, understanding and compassion. His CMT makes his nerves deteriorate and his muscles weak. He looks so happy all the time, but I know that deep down, he’s worried about what the future will bring.
This year, I’m giving back by walking for Yohan. I’m not that into exercise, so this is going to be challenging. I may not be the youngest horse in town, or the fittest, but I sure am the most determined. Please sponsor my walk. I’m walking for Yohan and all my friends with CMT. I’m walking for all who can walk no longer. I’m ready to go the distance for you. Please sponsor me: https://cmta.akaraisin.com/pledge/Participant/Home.aspx?seid=19065&mid=9&pid=4927675&fbclid=IwAR2W9g_HUpB0SXYMkphUJdpnCESvOz9E0VDy8O25VnbGoUk8fEdIzB9VMiU
And here’s the best part – for every $10 raised, I get a carrot! So give generously!! xoxo
PS: I chose $2,600 for a goal – Yohan and I are both 26, so I figured $100 for every year lived would be a good idea. Help us reach our goal!