THE GREATER SAN DIEGO WALK TO DEFEAT ALS IS ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 2021
9/25/2021, Letter from our Executive Director
Dear Supporters of the Greater San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS,
First, I’d like to start by thanking you again for your effort and involvement in the Walk to Defeat ALS. For more than twenty years, The Walk to Defeat ALS has been the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Walk funds drive bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure for ALS. The annual San Diego walk has been especially powerful, helping everyone feel a part of a special family, raising critical funds for the care and support of our local individuals, families, and caregivers affected by ALS.
Next, we wanted to let everyone know that the 2021 Greater San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday October 17 will be a virtual event. Since last year’s walk, we have worked proactively and diligently to bring our ALS community together and return to an in-person event back at De Anza Cove. However, the pandemic and the surge of the delta variant presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges and it became apparent we would not be able to deliver the kind of experience our ALS community has come to expect or that meets the high standards we set for ourselves. Most importantly, we simply cannot risk the safety or well-being of any one person given the circumstances, and we appreciate your support and understanding
For those that choose De Anza Cove as their “Walk Your Way” location, I personally look forward to seeing you on the morning of Sunday October 17. It’s a beautiful location, and we understand several teams are headed to De Anza Cove to enjoy it as their “Walk Your Way” location of choice.
For those who choose to “Walk Your Way” in your own neighborhood, or at a park, beach, or trail – please know you have our full support and that we appreciate all you’re doing to be creative, flexible, and to make for a special, meaningful, and extremely safe experience for you and your team. Please share your plans with us …
Last, we all know that successful fundraising each year through the walk has enabled our chapter to play pivotal roles in the lives of ALS patients and their support systems. We thank you. It is my hope that we all continue to do our best, that we dig deep like we do every year, and that we work together supporting each other in this fight to defeat ALS and stand with those living with ALS and their loved ones.
Join us your way on October 17th to raise funds supporting local services, research and advocacy.
Let’s work as one team to have an extremely successful fundraising walk that makes everyone proud and helps to continue changing lives for the better.
Sincerely, Steve Becvar
Important Steps to Take through October 17
- Please register your team and start your fundraising efforts. Register here.
- Stay in the loop through social media by joining our Greater San Diego Walk Facebook Group here.
- Contact LeeAnn Casey email@example.com or Eric Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with any questions (858) 271-5547.
We have a higher goal than ever before and it’s important we start our recruitment and fundraising efforts now. Thank you Team Captains and Walk Participants for all you do to support the fight against ALS!
- Team Captain Walk Kick Off Open House is Saturday August 28, 2021,10:00am-2:00pm: ADA friendly, held at LifePro in Carmel Valley. Team Captains can pick up their Team Captain Tookit, really nice Thank You Gifts, and chat with ALS Chapter staff and other Team Captains. Complimentary lunch and drinks will be available, come anytime between 10am-2pm! 11512 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130.
Team Captain and Fundraising Walker Collaboration & Trainings - these four meeting opportunities through Zoom are made available to help Team Captains and chapter staff share ideas and fundraising strategies to help us reach this year's Walk Goal of $350K - together we can do it! Email email@example.com for the links to join.
- Monday September 6, 2021, 4:30pm-5:00pm
- Tuesday September 14, 2021, 8:00pm-8:30pm
- Wednesday September 22, 2021, 8:30am-9:00am
- Thursday September 30, 2021, 7:00pm-7:30pm
Team Captain T-Shirt Pick Up Day - Sunday October 10, 2021 anytime between 10:00am-2:00pm. Location is Golden Boy Mobility located in Poway at 12130 Dearborn Pl, Poway, CA 92064.
Important Links & Fundraising Tools
Walker Handbook: Your go-to guide for everything Walk related. It contains interesting ideas, helpful tips, and chapter contact information.
My Walk Supporters Pledge Sheet: To help keep track of your donations!
Deposit Slip: Are you mailing any donations to The ALS Association before the Walk?
Ideas for your Walk
On Sunday October 17, you choose your own way to participate - whether it be a walk at De Anza Cove (using public space), strolling in your neighborhood, taking steps in the backyard, at a park, beach, or mountain hike, on a treadmill, or even surfing a few good waves or going for a drive. However you participate, please do so in a way that is both safe and meaningful for you and that abides by all local/most current health guidelines.
There were a ton of awesome ways teams Walked Your Way last year - so we're asking you...how do you envision participating in this year's Greater San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday October 17?
Hiking Local Trails was where people and teams like Rich, Als Pals N Gals, Aztecs Fighting ALS Coach Mark's Team, and Courtney chose to Walk Your Way.
DeAnza Cove, Mission Bay, our usual walk location was not allowing event permits but was open to the public, allowing teams like Team Tough But Determined, Hope Walks, Team Jim Clint, and El Capitan to still enjoy the space.
Local Parks were popular meeting places for teams like CHP1035 Officer Needs Backup, All in for Ed, Las Racquelitos, and Always For Andy.
Beaches were the walk destination choice for many teams including Sonman's Sunwalkers, Team Gus, Andrea's Butterfly Army, and Team Dr. Dave.
Neighborhoods were the perfect walk location for teams including Herb's Giants, Team James Deakin, We Walk for Batman, Casey's Crew, and many others.
Meaningful Places with favorite views, family significance, or these of fond memories were the choice for many teams including It Takes A Village, Papa's Posse, Wally's Walkers, and Team Shirley.
Unique Walk Your Way ideas were walking through Balboa Park, riding a bicycle instead of walking, car parades, and walking with the support of co-workers were awesome ways to participate for teams like Northeimer's Nomads, Team Gus, ALong Side Us, and Kitchell SoCal CEM.
Participating From Afar was how some friends and family outside of San Diego still participated in the Walk including Bridie & Eddie supporting Team Matt Conlon all the way from County Mayo Ireland, and Never Lose Hope 2 having support in Springfield, IL.
Virtual Remembrance Pavilion
Each year, our Remembrance Pavilion honors those who have earned their wings. If you've lost someone to ALS, do not already have a photo in the pavilion and would like to participate, please email the picture you would like us to use: LeeAnn CAsey at firstname.lastname@example.org (858) 271-5547.
When our Walk is in-person, we display the framed photos on easels under a warmly decorated tent so that those who would like to visit the Remembrance Pavilion may do so.
Last year, without an in-person walk, we created an online version of the Remembrance Pavilion to keep the 20 year tradition going. We will do so again this year so anyone, anywhere, may still participate if they would like.
You can visit the online Remembrance Pavilion anytime, feel free to share with friends and family, and/or to make any comments you would like.
Message from Your Walk Coordinator
Hello everyone! We are so thrilled you are joining us for the Walk to Defeat ALS! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions! As a reminder, right now we are all planning to Walk Our Own Way just like last year - everyone was so creative and the Walk was still very successful! However, if our permit at DeAnza Cove is granted, and we can put on a safe experience down there for those that want to come, we will move forward with a modified Walk experience - we'll keep you posted!
The Walk to Defeat ALS is Sunday, October 17, 2021.
Hope to see you soon! xoxo, LeeAnn Casey email@example.com (858) 271-5547
Only participants who've raised $90 will get a t-shirt. This benefit is awarded to individuals, not teams or donors, so make sure the donations to your personal fundraising record add up!
In addition to working toward one for yourself, you should spread the word to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to earn their very own shirt.
Make sure you become of a fan of our Chapter on Facebook to receive information about fundraising contests, shout outs to outstanding teams and walkers, and important Walk Day details!