Wendy Faubert at the 4th Annual Randy Duprey Memorial Scleroderma Walk/Run.
Photo by Stephen Bartlett.
“I just need to keep working for him and people in the community with the disease.”
Faubert knew something was wrong in 2005 when she noticed she was always tired and wasn’t herself.
Today, she can’t work anymore, tires easily, is dizzy and light headed and sometimes has problems with her memory.
“I used to be so active.”
She was scared, but has come to realize she cannot deny or walk away from the disease.
“I am going to fight.”
As participants lined up at the starting line for the Walk/Run, Faubert cut the ribbon to start the annual event.
A large crowd of people walked quickly through the grass, and as the last individual faded from view, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird broke the silence they left behind them.
If I leave here tomorrow Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now,
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.
But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change.