Lynda is the captain of this small, but hardworking team! She is a carrier of Hemophilia B and her two sons, 30 and 29, were diagnosed with Hemophilia B as children. While she can’t remember how she discovered the chapter, Lynda is grateful for the help and support both the chapter and treatment center provided her while her kids were growing up. “The center stood by me every single time. They cried with me, they laughed with me, and they were just wonderful.” She became a more active member within the chapter a few years ago. “It was hard for me to go to [chapter events]. I couldn’t talk much, because I was just so emotional.  It was hard to accept that my kids were going through this,” she said.

Growing up, Lynda and her husband, William, worked hard to give the boys a normal childhood, never wanting to keep them in a bubble. They promoted activities and sports as much as they could to help the kids physically and mentally. To this day, Lynda is happy to see her sons live their lives according to them, not their diagnosis. “They do a lot of things they shouldn’t do, and things that worry me,” Lynda said with a laugh. “But I’m their mom, I’ll always worry.”

This is Lynda’s third year participating in the walk. She doesn’t have a huge walk team, since her family lives far away, but they always donate. This year, Maxwell House’s goal is $1000. “I’m not out to win anything. It’s for my own peace of mind that I can walk and donate to a good cause,” Lynda said. “It’s a nice day, and you can talk to new people. I love the walk!”

The walk is important to Lynda because the money raised is needed to provide educational programs to families in the community. “It’s fulfilling to see these younger kids that don’t have to go through all that, like my boys did, because it was so back then.   There are so many new things out there, and there are so many people that can help you.”

Life was hard for Lynda and her family as the boys were growing up. She travelled constantly to and from Oakland to stay at Children’s Hospital or visit the treatment center, fought to find a pre-school that wasn’t afraid of her children and would take them, and dealt with different mental health issues throughout the years. She’s overcome all of it, and now lives her life with a great big smile. “I don’t want hands down, Lynda was the best mom, because you just do what you have to do,” she said. “You take every day and don’t look back. Sometimes, I still cry after all these years, because this is something [my boys] will always have… and things are always going to happen. You just always have to be prepared.”