Tutus for Tanner
After nearly being derailed when Air Canada dismantled a customized wheelchair, a fundraising event to help Tanner Bawn, a 10-year-old boy with a devastating form of muscular dystrophy, went off without a hitch Friday morning.
"Tutus for Tanner" was a 5k run/walk in Central Park for attendees of the convention BlogHer, where participants like Tanner's aunt Catherine Connors, who writes an award-winning blog called Her Bad Mother, wished to draw attention to the disease and help renovate the boy's home so he can live there throughout his life.
This emotional rollercoaster began with an immensely successful one-day Tweetathon to raise money for the renovation, followed by news that the airline had damaged the chair en route to New York City. Then, after an uproar on Twitter that will surely go down in social-media history, Air Canada returned the chair in usable condition and promised to send Tanner and his family to Disney.
But at least some of this drama was forgotten while Tanner enjoyed his trip to Central Park with dozens of women - and a few men - decked out in tutus.
Emily Beecher and baby Marsaili, from Vancouver, wore matching tutus.
More ballerina runners arrive in the lobby.
From left, Eric Alper, mom Chrissie Bawn, Catherine Connors and Tanner Bawn.
Tanner leaves the hotel flanked by friends like Katie (aka @motherbumper), middle.
Love the way he's leading the pack in this shot.
Svelte mama Debbie Gorman (@i_obsess) joined the fun.
After a rocky start to his New York trip, the "Tutus for Tanner" walk/run was a sweet demonstration of hope and friendship.
Checking out his surroundings, Tanner said, "This is a nice park. New York is cool."