When do you tell a fun, talented, passionate, loyal employee who happens to have a rare and scary heart condition to take a hike? When she asks for it!
Our own Bonny MacInnis is leaving us to hike 500 miles along the Appalachian Trail, raising awareness and funds for Left Ventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy (LVNC).
I’ve gotten to know Bonnie at Walker where she works on the on-call team supporting our clients and leading our community service team. She is a generous, kind soul who laughs easily and often. She’s the kind of employee that makes being boss easy: She is appreciative, reliable, team-spirited, and always looking for ways to contribute.
Bonny found out she had LVNC a few years ago and after having a pacemaker implanted she lived in fear - until she decided not to. She hatched the idea for her hike as a way to raise awareness and funds for LVNC and to not let a disease define her. This was the beginning of hiking4hearts.org and Bonny’s dream.
She worked incredibly hard to get into shape for this hike, losing over 65 pounds and working out for a couple of hours before and after work. On weekends she took practice hikes. And planned her trip. Now she’s ready to go.
We talk a lot about leadership at Walker, and at a recent gathering we agreed on several of the attributes of a true leader:
Bonnie has all of these.
We wish her well!
There’s an Irish blessing that comes to mind:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall softly upon your fields…
And might we add:
May the critters you meet be friendly and small
May your blisters heal without pain
May black fly season be over by now
And may your tent not leak in the rain
May you inspire us to wonder
As you wander the wood
What dreams we might reach for
If only we could!
But we can’t
Someone has to work
While you’re off
Wandering the wilderness
But that’s ok
Go knowing we will miss you
And your warm, bright, kindly sass
And we’ll pray every day for our
Brave, Bonny Lass