I got an email from a Garden visitor, Ashley Gordon, who was looking for race photos of her group. She explained she and her coworkers had just helped one of their patients complete Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Run 5K, and she wanted to make a photo book for him as a gift. Don Walters moved to Richmond 8 months ago after a stroke so he could be closer to his daughter while he recovered. He lives in a West End residential treatment facility, WestPort. The stroke left this former runner in a very different place physically — Walters had to learn to walk again. And with plenty of hard work and support from his team of therapists, he completed the race, by wheelchair and by walking the last 300 feet. When I heard about Walters, I knew immediately I wanted to meet him. So on a Sunday afternoon, Walters, his daughter Amy Walters, and Walter’s entire rehabilitation team showed up to chat with me at the Garden. Wow, I had never seen so much love. I really didn’t expect his whole crew of therapists to show up on on their day off. Walters made quite an impression too.
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