Be Aware…Be Very Aware…of Spina Bifida

This past week has been– how can I put it?

An all-out caffeine high.

With the Central Florida Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida just days away, my stress level is definitely going up and I can feel myself beating the clock to put up last-minute flyers and posters, promote it on Facebook and Twitter ad nauseam, and falling short ofbegging people to please, pretty please, register if they’re going to the event!

In my two-plus years of being a blogger and full-time activist, even when one of those years was spent as a college student, I’ve never known greater stress.

Or, a greater adrenaline rush. In a very strange way, this having-to-do-20-things-at-once-OMG-my-mind-is-gonna-implode feeling is perhaps the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s encouraged me to stay focused, even when there are several things going on at once, and it’s really motivated me to stay on top of my faith. By that I mean, not allowing myself to lose faith when things don’t go exactly as I had planned.

Today is a case in point. I was supposed to be interviewed this morning by Local 6 News, for their segment, “Making a Difference.” I had been looking forward to this for a while, so much so, that I actually showed up at Valencia West Campus (where I had agreed to meet the crew) a whole week early! After supposedly being “stood up,” I read over the E-mail again and realized I had the wrong date. Whoops.

Today I showed up, all neatly coiffed and decked out in my Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida T-shirt– only to get a text saying that they had to cancel because of “breaking news.” My reaction was along the lines of… “This is the most commonly occurring birth defect in the U.S. This is  breaking news!”

Sure, I was upset for a while, fuming even, but it didn’t take me too long to realize that God must have some purpose for making me reschedule for Friday (fingers crossed, people).

This is what finding HOPE through social media looks like!

While I didn’t get my brief moment of local fame today, this day is also very meaningful to me for another reason related to this cause. In honor of the Walk-N-Roll, my bloguera friends Angelica Pérez, Chantilly Patiño and Midy Aponte have teamed up to organize an online event that is the first of its kind: The Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida Blog Carnival Fundraiser.

Happening right now, bloggers all around the country (perhaps even the world?) are uploading this post today in solidarity with The Cause. My amigas have been hard at work, organizing an incredible PR campaign for this event. (Check out Hispanic PR Newswire’s write-up for the event!)

These hermanas have put the time and efforts that they are paid to put to use at their day jobs, into this initiative that is pro-bono, and only for The Cause. I could dedicate every single blog post for the next ten years to these fantastic ladies, and it wouldn’t even begin to compensate for all they are doing!

So, here’s my little grain of sand. I’m listing all the organizations involved in making this dream of awareness a reality. I hope you’ll take a few moments to visit each of the diverse sites and learn what they stand for:

 

Being Latino

 

Blogs by Latinas

Hispanicize 

Latina Bloggers Connect 

Latina Mom Bloggers

Latinos in Social Media– Español   or English

Multicultural Familia 

New Latina

The Sánchez Ricardo Agency

SoLatina

 

What has followed these past few weeks, from the moment Angelica E-mailed me on September 13th with the subject line “Very interesting idea!” to today, as personal blogs and corporate Web sites continue to post their entries, is an outpouring of moral support unlike any I recall experiencing in my life.

When I set out to work on this with all these organizations, Mami mentioned that we would be “unleashing the power of social media,” but even that seems like a vast understatement given the results of this initiative!

Here’s what I learned today: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, we can all come together to serve the greater good. It was a lesson I needed to see in action today, given my earlier disheartening event.

It made me think of this particular verse in the Bible:

‘”For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”   –Jeremiah 29:11

 

And now, to all of you who have been supporting me, whether it be this month, last month, or who will be there next week– I dedicate this music video (and of course, I mean no copyright infringement!)

 

Keep spreading awareness…and thereby renewing my HOPE.

 

Love,

 

Laurita ♥

© 2011, Laurita. All rights reserved.

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