4:30am - wake up call5:30am - check out of hotel
7:00am - arrive at Denver, CO airport
8:35am - depart for Kansas City
11:30am - arrive in Kansas City
11:30-12:30am - baggage, rental car check in, depart for event in Olathe, KS
1pm - execute Olathe, Kansas March of Dimes event
3pm - drive to St. Louis, MO
And repeat …
This may seem like a hectic schedule, but it’s nothing unusual for the Every Baby tour staff. Early mornings, late nights, reports, and long nights seem easy when you see the smiling faces of the children at events like the one we had today in Kansas. The local chapter came armed with food, balloon artists, and magicians to entertain the kids before they entered the bus. The event was only scheduled for an hour and a half (making it one of the shortest stops on the tour), yet the turnout was phenomenal. Thank-you to the chapter for creating a one of a kind experience for families and visitors. It was short but sweet Kansas, and you will be missed.
On a side note I’d like to take the time out to share something important with all of the readers. There are four staff members on the Every Baby tour that travel to all of the stops and help execute the day to day activities. This can be especially tiring on days like today. Fortunately for us we have a fifth member of the tour staff that goes unnamed and underappreciated during most stops of the tour. His name is Mark. Mark drives the tour bus from place to place each day. This is especially important because the bus IS the event. Every day Mark rolls up his sleeves and helps set up, and break down, the Every Baby bus. He’s often been seen carrying luggage, organizing the inside of the bus, and sometimes even helping set up the pop up tent. No driver is required to help do any of these tasks, in fact Mark does it out of kindness. Every day he shows his fatherly concern for us asking how our drive was, if we got enough sleep, enough food, etc. He has become part of the Every Baby staff and I would like to share our appreciation for him with all of the March of Dimes staff, volunteers, and families. Without him events like the one in Kansas wouldn’t have been possible. We love you Mark.