We're relieved it's done, since Starling basically got the notion to do this all by herself just about three weeks ago. She did an amazing job, considering she was also holding down a full-time job, creating a grant proposal, and taking care of four kids in the evening. She's already talking about next year! I bought her a Subway sandwich to celebrate afterward. As we talked, I learned a few new things -- like that the one-year survival rate for the kids who end up in the adult mental institutions is about 50 percent, according to Human Rights Watch; Reece's Rainbow, which has been more deeply involved there more recently than HRW, says the one-year death rate is actually higher than that. All the more reason to do it again next year, I suppose.
Here are some pictures:
|Mudpuppy getting his feet painted|
|The kids loved singer-songwriter Amanda Hardy|
|Starling registering kids|
|I think there were more volunteers than participants!|
|Getting ready to run|
|Mudpuppy on the run -- it was cool and windy!|