182  ”Walk” such as “AIDS Walk“ and “Diabetes Walk“ --- It’s good for fundraisers and awareness of the disease.    modified: June 1, 2012

For example, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International) < http://walk.jdrf.org/ > “Walk to cure diabetes!  Saturday, January 21, 2006, Mall of America – Sam Goody Central, 7 a.m. check in, 8 a.m. start time*.   

There are many ways to fundraise**. I think that “Walk**” such as “AIDS Walk” and “Diabetes Walk” is a good way to fundraise for the diseases and also to let people be aware of the diseases. See below for more info

Japanese Y’s Question:

”Recently, I often hear of ‘Walk with some disease name’ such as ‘Diabetes Walk’ (for example, there was one in Stillwater, MN this past Sat.), ‘AIDS Walk’ (for example, ‘The Minnesota AIDS Walk’ in May, Minneapolis, MN), etc.  Huge numbers of the participants always amaze me. I think these walk events are held to do fundraising for the disease foundation. Am I right?  Do you know when (or why) these walk events got popular here? Oh, I saw HOG (Harley Owner’s Group) motorcycle rallies (2000 Motorcycle Ride) to fundraise for Diabetes, twice. Thx. Y”    051004

American N’s story:  

”Yes, they are usually fundraisers.  I think they have been going on since the 80s or before.  I remember MS (multiple sclerosis) biking and walking events back then.  To me, it seemed like they started to take off in the late 80s or early 90s, but I could be wrong.  I think the success of the MS and AIDS events made other groups want a piece of the action.

Usually people sponsor a walker/rider.  For example, a coworker of mine walked in the MS Walk-a-thon.  (I think the name is correct.)  He had a signup sheet for people to sponsor him.  I signed the sheet and pledged $20 for him to walk in the event.  I gave him $20, and it went to the MS Society (I think the name is correct!).  Our company also pledged several hundred dollars or more. (Note: Japanese Y’s Q:  “Didn’t your company match your pledged money?  It sounds like the company pledged separately. Thanks.”  060114   American N’s reply: “That is a good question.  I cannot recall whether it was matching or pledged beforehand.  For some reason I think it was pledged beforehand, but my memory of this is too fuzzy. I know it is common for companies to match pledges.”  060118)

I think they are good for raising money and awareness of the diseases.  The charity gives out information, and I think it is a way for people with the disease to meet others who support them or are battling the same disease.  It also provides inspiration in their fight against the disease.” 051007  N

American C's story:

"Yes, these events are usually to give money to some disease foundation. I believe this was going on since the 70s, if not before. It seemed to get more popular in the 80s. I think many people do these events for the cause, but also just to do an event with a group of people. Usually a group of friends (or co-workers) get together and walk/run some event, then afterwards they might go out for dinner, movie, etc. Some singles may do events to try to meet significant others."

* Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN < www.startribune.com >

**    FYI (For Your Info): lots of sites on fundraiser ideas
For example, < http://www.fundraising-ideas.org/ >

Here are more examples for Walks for several diseases.
AIDS Walk Finder < http://www.aidswalk.org/ >

Asthma Walk (American Lung Association) < http://www.lung.org/ >

AVON Walk for Breast Cancer < http://www.avonwalk.org/site/PageServer >

Diabetes Walk, Walk for Diabetes: American Diabetes Association < http://www.diabetes.org/ >
Diabetes Walk < http://stepout.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=OUT_homepage >
JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International < http://walk.jdrf.org/ > “Walk to cure diabetes!  Saturday, January 21, 2006, Mall of America – Sam Goody Central, 7 a.m. check in, 8 a.m. start time*.    * Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN < www.startribune.com
More Diabetes Walks, for example,
051001, Stillwater, MN < http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=2830 >
051113, Minneapolis, MN < http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=2829 >

Heart Walk (Heart Disease): American Heart Association  < http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ >
Heart Walk  on "Walk", check  Letter  182  | レター 182  
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MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Walk <
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ >

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk < http://www.umassmed.edu/cancerwalk/index.aspx >

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