Across the country on March 10th, Suddenly Sleepy Saturday was celebrated in the only way that makes sense: by raising awareness for narcolepsy. Sleep Walks, events that were supported by the organization Wake Up Narcolepsy, were held in Washington D.C., Chicago, and Sacramento, and this year had a great turn out of participants! REM Runner blogger Julie Flygare (and my role model!) was an organizer of the event in Washington D.C. where media representatives received awards for their work with narcolepsy coverage in 2011 and a good-sized crowd of participants walked and danced their way around the National Mall. Be sure to check out Julie's blog post, When Dreams Come True - SLEEP WALK 2012, for pictures and details about the fun everyone had at Washington D.C,'s Sleep Walk 2012!
|Count 'em, 18 candles! :)|
I did what I could from right here in Toledo and posted awareness information on my Facebook and wore my Narcolepsy Network button proudly. My mom knew how excited I was for this celebration coincidence and how important narcolepsy advocacy is to me, so at my party she surprised me with a platter of narcolepsy awareness cookies! I think these might be my new favorite kind of cookie :)
|My Narcolepsy Awareness birthday cookies... Thanks Mom! :)|
|Black ribbons are the awareness ribbon color for narcolepsy.|
The Narcolepsy Network logo: the blue side is sleep, the orange side is all levels of wakefulness, and the inner circle represents the intermingling the two.
|My best friend Hayden and her sister Gracie with me at my birthday party :)|