The Walk & Roll to Cure FSHD is our signature fundraising event. These events take place all over the nation, and with your support, there will be more of them popping up all the time!
Participating in a Walk & Roll is a life-changing event that unites families, friends, neighbors, and local businesses to forge powerful connections and strengthen our families and our community.
When we began planning for the inaugural Walk & Rolls to Cure FSHD in early 2018, a $105,000 fundraising goal felt ambitious. Now, two Walk seasons later, we have quadrupled our goals, welcomed hundreds of participants, and we know that we are only just getting started. Check out how much we were able to accomplish just in 2019:
- More than $420,000 raised by 11 walks from coast to coast.
- 1,369 walkers/rollers.
- Involvement from 115 sponsors.
- Thousands reached with the story of FSHD, increasing awareness and understanding.
So many things factor into the success of this event – tremendous volunteer leaders, a growing army of engaged walkers and fundraisers, corporate supporters, and staff leadership. Also playing a pivotal role was our investment in the technology needed to support it all. Our peer-to-peer system made it easy for individuals and teams to share personal stories with their friends and family and to enlist them to fundraise on their behalf.
“The Colorado Walk & Roll is a great testament to how powerful the peer-to-peer fundraising platform is,” said Katie Ruekert, who founded the Colorado event four years ago. “During our first two years, we used a different fundraising model which included a registration fee. Our first year we raised $21,000, and in our second year we raised $32,500. In 2018, with the peer-to-peer technology, our participants set up their own teams to raise more funds, and we doubled what we raised to over $67,000! In addition to doubling the amount we raised, we doubled the number of participants and reached that many more families,” Ruekert added. “It has been magical to see not only our Colorado Walk & Roll grow, but also witness the expansion of other Walk & Rolls across the country.”
We couldn’t be prouder of this growing community of activists, and we can’t wait to bring this movement to more communities next year and making an even greater impact as we drive toward treatments to families by 2025!
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Please mark your calendars: The 2020 San Diego Walk & Roll to Cure FSHD has been scheduled! We hope to see you on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at Harbor Island Park! Please reach out to the Chapter Director, Amy Bekier, with any questions! She can be found at: SanDiegoChapter@FSHSociety.org. We look forward to seeing you on July 11th!Find out more »